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Snap in orthogonal directions

Last updated September 10, 2019 by Tekla User Assistance tekla.documentation@trimble.com

Software version: 
2019i

Snap in orthogonal directions

Snap in orthogonal directions

You can snap to orthogonalview projection that displays objects in right-angles projection

In model view the size of the objects is the same despite of their distance to the viewing point and the zoom remains on part faces.

points in models and in drawings using the Ortho tool. If you create objects that require you to pick multiple points, you can snap in orthogonal directions relative to the two previously picked points.

Note:

The Ortho tool has the lowest priority among snap points.

Even if you have activated the Ortho tool, but Tekla Structures detects any other possible snap pointpoint to which Tekla Structures snaps

than an orthogonal point, Tekla Structures uses the found snap point instead of the orthogonal snap point. If there are no other possible snap points found, then Tekla Structures uses the orthogonal snap point.

Activate the Ortho tool

Before you can snap in orthogonal directions, ensure that the Ortho tool is active. The letter O in the status bar at the bottom of the Tekla Structures main window indicates that Ortho is active.

If Ortho is not active

  • press O to activate it

  • alternatively, click File > Settings and select the Ortho check box.

Snap to orthogonal points

Use the Ortho tool to snap to the closest orthogonal point on the plane (0, 45, 90, 135, 180 degrees, and so on). The mouse pointer automatically snaps to positions at even distances in the given direction. This can be useful, for example, if you need to place marks in a consistent manner in exact locations in a drawing.

  1. Ensure that the Ortho tool is active.
    • Press O to activate Ortho if the tool is not active.

    • Alternatively, on the File menu, click Settings and select the Ortho check box.

  2. Run a command that requires you to pick points.

    For example, start creating a beam. Tekla Structures displays an angle symbol to indicate the direction of snapping.

    The snapping precision depends on the current zoom level.

    The angle interval depends on the settings in the Model snap settings dialog box.

  3. Click the left mouse button to confirm the snap position.

    Tekla Structures creates the object. For example:

Snap in orthogonal direction relative to previously picked points

When you create objects that require you to pick more than two points, for example when you create a polybeampart of a certain shape that is created as a continuous chain of beams passing through points that the user picks

The segments of the polybeam are straight, but segment intersections can be curved. For example, a beam that follows a zigzag line is a polybeam.

or a contour platepart whose outline form the user defines by picking three or more points

The user can define the shape of the contour plate parallel to the work plane. The profile in use defines the thickness. The corners of the contour plate can be chamfered.

, you can snap in orthogonal directions relative to the two previously picked points. This can be useful, for example, if you need to create a rectangular slabplate that represents a concrete structure

In Tekla Structures, a slab is created by picking three or more points.

Slab may be part of a floor, for example.

that is on the view planeplane in a space that defines the view

In Tekla Structures, the grids are projected onto the view plane and the grid lines can be visible on it.

View depth is defined starting from the view plane.

but not along the x and y axes.

  1. Ensure that the Ortho tool is active.
    • On the File menu, click Settings and select the Ortho check box.

    • Alternatively, you can press O.

  2. Run a command that requires you to pick multiple points.

    For example, start creating a polybeam or a rectangular slab.

  3. Pick the first two points.

    Tekla Structures displays an angle symbol to indicate the direction of snapping.

  4. Move the mouse pointer in the model to see the angle symbol.

    When the snap is orthogonal to a work planeplane that the user has chosen in a model and that is currently active for working on in a model view

    Newly created, copied, or moved model objects comply with the work plane. For example, shifting the work plane to follow a sloped plane makes it easier to model sloped structures.

    axis, the color of the angle symbol follows the color of the work plane axis: red for x-axis, green for y-axis and blue for z-axis.

    When the snap is orthogonal to the previous points, the color of the angle symbol is black.

  5. Pick the rest of the points.

    Tekla Structures creates the object. For example:

Set a temporary reference point

You can set a temporary reference pointpoint that Tekla Structures creates when the user creates a model object, the point being visualized as a handle

The reference points follow the model object if it is moved. They are only deleted if the related model object is deleted.

Reference points can be selected as snap points in a snap switch.

to be used as a local origin when snapping in models and drawings. Typically the Ortho tool and the Snap to perpendicular points snap switchswitch used for controlling what kind of points Tekla Structures snaps to

The user needs to activate snap switches to be able to pick different points, for example, line ends and intersections.

Snap switches help the user to pick points in order to position model objects precisely without having to know the coordinates or create additional lines or points.

use the reference point information.

The reference point information is automatically set to the last picked point, and shown as a gray cross. When you interrupt a command, the reference point information, meaning the last picked point, is cleared. If you need to use the reference point, set the temporary reference point manually.

  1. Run a command that requires you to pick points.

    For example, start creating a beam.

  2. Pick the start point.

  3. Hold down the Ctrl key and pick a position.

    Alternatively, right-click and select Define temporary snap reference point and pick a position.

    A gray cross indicates that this position is now a temporary reference point. You can continue snapping from the temporary reference point.

  4. Repeat step 3 to create as many reference points as needed.

    If you use the Define temporary snap reference point command, you need to activate it for every reference point you pick.

  5. Release the Ctrl key and pick the end point.

    Tekla Structures creates the object between the start point and the end point. For example:

Settings for the Ortho tool

Use the settings in the Snap settings dialog box to set the angle interval for Ortho. Use the Angle interval or the Custom angles option.

The default angle interval value is 90 degrees.

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