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Edit and save custom components

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Added January 16, 2020 by Tekla User Assistance tekla.documentation@trimble.com

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Edit and save custom components

Edit and save custom components

Use the custom component editortool that is used for modifying component that is created by a custom component, and for creating dependencies between component objects and other model objects

to fine-tune existing custom components, and to make the components parametric. When you edit a custom componentcomponent that the user creates and uses for creating model objects whose composition the user can modify as a group

, Tekla Structures updates all instances of that component throughout the model with the changes you have made.

Edit a custom component

  1. In the model, select the custom component by clicking the green component symbolsymbol in a model that indicates a component type, functions as a link to component properties, and can be used to control component objects

    Component symbol of a connection or a detail also indicates the status of the connection or the detail using colors.



    Custom parts do not have a component symbol in the model. To select custom parts, ensure that the Select components selection switchswitch used for controlling which object types can be selected

    is active.

  2. Right-click and select Edit Custom Component.

    The custom component editor opens. It consists of the following parts:

    • The Custom component browser

    • The Custom component editor toolbar

    • Four different views of the custom component

  3. Modify the custom component in one of the four custom component views. You can, for example:

  4. Save the custom component.

    Click Yes when prompted to replace all occurrences of the custom component in the model. All instances of the custom component are now updated with the changes you made.

Custom component browser

Custom component browser shows the contents of a custom component in a hierarchical, tree-like structure. Custom component browser lists the model objects, to which custom component is attached, and the objects the custom component creates. You can create links between custom component variables and component objectsingle model object that belongs to a component

Component objects created by a component can be modified separately or as a group.


The Custom component browser works with the views. When you select a part in the view, Tekla Structures highlights it in the Custom component browser, and vice versa.

You can copy names, values, and references from main and secondary parts in the component in the Custom component browser, and then use them in the Variables dialog box to define the properties of custom components.

Custom component editor toolbar

Use the tools on the Custom component editor toolbar, for example, to create distances, select planes, and to save the component.

Icon Description

Creates a distance.

Select the plane first and then the handle or chamfer where to bind.

Creates a reference distance.

Creates distances automatically.

Tekla Structures binds the selected part to their handles’ contact planes. Tekla Structures selects planes in the following order:

  1. construction planes
  2. planes of the main and the secondary parts

Creates a construction plane.

Creates a construction line.

Plane types

Shows plane types you can use when defining distance variables.

Edits the type or the position of a custom component, or add notes after you have created the component.

Shows all created variables.

Opens Custom component browser.

Saves the custom component with another name.

Saves and update the existing components in the model.

Closes the editor.

Save a custom component

After modifying a custom component, save the changes.

Tekla Structures saves the custom component in the current modelmodel that is active in Tekla Structures

The current model can be a single-user model, a shared model or a working model.

folder, in the xslib.db1 file, which is a library file containing custom components and sketches.


Do this

Save changes to all copies of the custom component

  1. In the custom component editor, click the Save component button.

  2. In the Save confirmation dialog box, click Yes.

    Tekla Structures saves the changes and applies them to all copies of the custom component in the model.

Save the component with a new name

  1. In the custom component editor, click the Save with new name button.

  2. Enter a new name for the component.

Save and close the component

  1. In the custom component editor, click the Close button.

  2. In the Close custom component editor message, click Yes.

    If you click No, the custom component editor closes without saving the changes.

Protect a custom component with a password

You can set a password to prevent others from modifying a custom component. Password-protected custom components can still be added to models as usual.

  1. In the model, select a custom component.
  2. Right-click the custom component symbol and select Edit Custom Component.
  3. On the Custom component editor toolbar, click the Display variables button.

    The Variables dialog box opens.

  4. Click Add to create a new parametric variablevariable used to define a value for a parametric property

    A parametric variable does not include a dependency.

    For example, name, material grade, and bolt size are parametric variables.

  5. In the Name box, enter Password.
  6. In the Formula box, enter the desired password.
  7. Save the custom component.

The next time someone tries to edit this custom component, they will be asked for the password.

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