Create model templates

Last updated July 6, 2020 by Tekla User Assistance

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Create model templates

Create model templates

Model templates allow you to start a model with predefined company templates and settings. This can be especially useful for sub-contractors.

Only single-user models can be created with model templates. If you wish to create a multi-user model using a model templatemodel which is used as a basis for creating new models

The user can save a model including all its elements, such as object properties, certain settings, parts, and components, in a model template.

, create the model in single-user modemode in which only one user can work on a model

and then switch to multi-user modemode in which several users can work on the same model using their own working models


By default, the model template folder is saved in your environment folder. Use the advanced option XS_​MODEL_​TEMPLATE_​DIRECTORY to define a different location.


Create a new model template

You can create your own model templates and use them for creating new models. You can select which catalogs, custom components, model subfolders, drawing templates, and report templates from the model are included in the model template.

  1. Create a new model.

    Always start by creating a new empty model. This is because old models that have been used in live projects cannot be completely cleaned. They may contain excess information that increases the size of the model even if you delete all objects and drawings from the model.

  2. Add the desired part properties, drawing properties, profiles, materials, custom components, sketches, and so on, in the model.

    You can copy the needed attribute files from another model, for example.

  3. On the File menu, click Save as > Save .

    You need to save the model to include custom components in the xslib.db1 file. If you do not save the model, custom components will not be included in the model template.

  4. On the File menu, click Save as > Save as model template .
  5. Enter a name for the model template.
  6. Select which catalogs, drawing templates, report templates, and model subfolders to include in the model template.

    For more information, see Model template options.

    You can only select files and folders that are available in the model folderfolder that is used for storing files associated with a model

    Tekla Structures stores all files associated with a model in a folder it creates with the same name as the model database (.db1).

    In multi-user mode all users access the same model folder.

    . Catalogs are typically located in an environment folder and they are included in the model folder only if they have been modified.

  7. If you want to open the destination folder after creating the model template, select the check box.
  8. Click OK.

    You can now use the model template for creating new models.

  9. When you create new models in File > New , you can mark the important model templates as favorites, or hide the templates that you do not need.
    1. Select a model template in the list.
    2. Right-click and select Favorite or Hidden.

      If you marked a template as Favorite, it is placed on top of the template list. Alternatively, use the star icon on the template to mark it as Favorite, or to remove the marking.

      If you marked a template as Hidden, it is removed from the template list. Select the Show hidden items check box to show it again.

Modify an existing model template

To modify an existing template, save the model as a new template. Alternatively, you can modify the template by copying new or updated files directly to the model template folder.

  1. Create a model using the existing model template.
  2. Make the needed changes.
  3. Save it as a new model template.

Download model templates

You can download, share, and store model templates using Tekla Warehouse.

Model template options

Use the Save as model template dialog box to define which files and folders are included in the model template.


Files and folders included






Components and sketches





*.dat files

CustomComponentDialogFiles folder

Attribute definitions

Includes all attribute definitions of the current model.

Bolts and bolt assemblies











Includes all options of the current model.

Drawing templates

*.tpl files

Report templates

*.rpt files

Include model subfolders

Lists all subfolders found in the model folder. The selected folders are included in the model template.

The attributes folder, which contains part and drawing properties, is included by default.

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