Snap to positions

Last updated March 10, 2020 by Tekla User Assistance

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Snap to positions

Snap to positions

Most commands ask you to pick points to place objects in the model or drawing. This is called snapping. When you are creating a new object, Tekla Structures displays snap symbols and snap tooltips for the available snap points and a light gray line between the snap pointpoint to which Tekla Structures snaps

and the last point picked.

Use the snap switches on the Snapping toolbar to control which positions you can snap to.

For example, you can snap to

  • different points, such as end points and midpoints

  • centers

  • intersections

  • lines and edges

  • dimensions and mark lines, drawing layoutplan of a drawing that includes the table layout and definitions of the sheet size

    Tekla Structures includes several predefined drawing layouts, which are drawing-type specific. The user can also create new drawing layouts.

    items and drawing frames

If you want to use exact distances or coordinates when snapping to positions, use numeric snapping.

With the combination of different snapping tools, you can, for example, snap to the closest orthogonal point on the plane, both in the model and in the drawings. Additionally, you can follow a line and pick a point at a specified distance along the line, or create 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 use as a local origin, both in the model and in the drawings.

Tekla Structures displays snap dimensions in the model, which means you can easily create objects of a desired length. Use the advanced option XS_​DISPLAY_​DIMENSIONS_​WHEN_​CREATING_​OBJECTS to switch the snap dimensions on or off.


Use the snapping keyboard shortcuts to speed up your work.

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