Show and modify drawing views in the model

Last updated April 1, 2020 by Tekla User Assistance

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Show and modify drawing views in the model

Show and modify drawing views in the model

You can show the drawing views of the selected drawings in any of the open model views to get a clearer understanding of exactly where a drawing viewview that includes selected model objects or an area in the model, that is represented in a drawing

A drawing view is a container for model and drawing objects.

A drawing can include several drawing views, which usually are two-dimensional views, plane views, to the model.

Examples of drawing views in Tekla Structures include main views, section views, single-part views, and 3D views.

is located in the 3D model, the view direction, and the 3D extents of that view.

How to show the drawing views in the model

  • In the modeling modemode that is used for creating and analyzing a model, and initiating the creation of a drawing and a report

    Custom component editor and sketch editor can be accessed in modeling mode.

    , go to the Drawings & reports tab, open the Document manager, and select one or more drawings in the document list. Then click the Show drawing views in the model button in the top-right corner of the Document manager window. When this button is activated, it changes color:

  • The views in the selected drawings are now displayed in the model. You can then use direct modificationfunction that activates the mode where the model objects can be modified by using handles

    Direct modification enables additional handles and modification options.

    to work with the view extents and 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.

    of every view that is contained within each selected drawing in the currently open model views.

  • When Show drawing views in the model is active, any changes to the selection of drawings will cause the Show drawing views in the model command to be automatically re-run. This way you can easily walk through a list of drawings, selecting one drawing at a time, and see the views for that drawing in the model.

  • Labels show the name of each drawing view in the model when you move the mouse pointer over an unselected view edge or when a view is selected.

How to work with the drawing views in the model

  • You can select a view of interest in the model viewview that is represented in the modeling mode

    Model view is available also in the drawing mode and it is represented in its own window.

    or in the contextual toolbarfloating toolbar that contains commands for modifying the most common object properties

    The user can customize the contextual toolbar.

    list and then work with it:

  • When you select one drawing view, all other views are hidden. To deselect the drawing view, hold down Ctrl and click the edges of the selected view. If you want to save your changes to the associated drawings, click the middle mouse button.

  • Direct modification dimensions show the width, height, and depth above and below the view plane.

    You can modify the dimensions to change the drawing view.

  • Now a direct modification handle under the mouse pointer will be selected regardless of how far out you have zoomed out. Earlier, the handles were not selected to be active when you zoomed out.

  • The edges, corners, and faces of the drawing view, and the edges of the view plane can be dragged to increase or decrease the view extents.

    Note that you can override the current snap switches by holding down Shift while dragging.

  • Use the contextual toolbar to modify the selected view:

    • Clipping around selected view bounding box on/off: Creates six clip planes aligned with the drawing view extents.

      When you modify the drawing view, the clip planes are automatically adjusted to keep their alignment to the view extents.

      You can also use drawing snapshot overlays with the Show drawing views in the model command and the clip planes mode to isolate the view.

    • Emphasize objects intersecting the view bounding box on/off: Every object that roughly intersects the drawing view is colored red and every object that roughly does not intersect is made semi-transparent.

    • Display selected view as a new model view: Creates a new temporary model view based on 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.

      view’s properties, and sets the camera direction of the new model view to match the camera direction of the selected drawing view.

    • Change view angle in selected views to match current model view: Sets the selected drawing view’s camera direction to match the camera direction of the current model view.

    • Reverse view direction: Reverses the drawing view camera direction.

      The direction of the selected drawing view is shown by open arrows on the four edges of the view plane.

    • Show/hide rotation handles: Controls the visibility of the drawing view direct modification rotation handles.

      The direct modification axis and rotation handles allow you to move or rotate the drawing view.

      The rotation handles are hidden by default.

    • Update drawing: Saves any drawing view changes to the drawings.

      Drawing view changes are only saved when you click the Update drawing button or the middle mouse button. You can edit a drawing view, then select a different drawing view in the model view and edit that, and keep going and then click Update drawing.

    • Discard changes: Discards any drawing view changes that have not been saved by clicking the Update drawing button.
  • To end the command, use Interrupt or Esc. If you have made changes but have not saved them, you are asked to save the changes or discard them.


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