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Complex polybeam creation

Last updated July 24, 2018 by Steel Extensions tekla.extensions-steel@trimble.com

Software version: 
Not version-specific
Environment: 
Not environment-specific

Complex polybeam creation

Contents

 

Purpose and description
System requirements
Installing Complex polybeam creation
Using Complex polybeam creation
Picture
Attributes
Position
Example
See also
 

Purpose and description

Use Complex 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.

creation
component to create a polybeam that follows a complex pattern.

System requirements

Tekla Structures version: Not version specific
Environments:   All

Installing Complex polybeam creation

To install the extension:

  1. Download the Polybeam tools installer package from Tekla Warehouse. For more information see Downloading an application from Tekla Warehouse.
  2. Extract the file package.

Using Complex polybeam creation

To use the application:

  1. Open a Tekla model.
  2. Click the Applications & components button  in the side pane to open the Applications & components cataloguser interface for displaying or modifying information in categorized lists

    For example, profile catalog and shape catalog are catalogs.

    .
  3. Search for Complex polybeam creation  and then double-click to open it.
  4. The Complex polybeam creation dialog window will open.


  1. Make desired modifications and then press the Create button.
    1. For Helicoidal Spiral option, follow these steps:
      1. Pick coordinate system origin point.


  1. Pick coordinate system axis X direction.


  1. Pick coordinate system axis Y direction


  1. Pick polygon first point.


The polybeam is automatically created when the first point is picked.

  1. For Ellipse option, follow these steps:
    1. Pick coordinate system origin point.


  1. Pick coordinate system axis X direction.


  1. Pick coordinate system axis Y direction.


The polybeam is automatically created when the system axis Y direction point is picked.


  1. For Helix option, follow these steps:
    1. Pick coordinate system origin point.


  1. Pick coordinate system axis X direction.


  1. Pick coordinate system axis Y direction


  1. Pick point to define distance from origin.


The polybeam is automatically created when the distance from origin is picked.

  1. For From file option, follow these step:
    1. Push the Create button.

The polybeam is automatically created with the values from the selected .csv file.

Picture

Use Picture tab to control the dimensions of the parts created in the Complex polybeam creation component.

  1. Options

    Field Description Default
    Polybeam creation pattern Define the polybeam creation pattern.
    The options are:
    • Helicoidal Spiral - the polybeam follows a helicoidal shape;
    • Ellipse - the polybeam follows a ellipse shape;
    • Helix - the polybeam follows a helix shape;
    • From file - the polybeam fallows  the shape defined in a .csv file. See Example on how should be formatted the data;
    Helicoidal Spiral
    Rotation axis Define the rotation axis.
    The options are:
    • X
    • Y
    • Z
     Z
  1. Helicoidal Spiral - part dimensions

      Description Default
    Define the rise in the rotation direction for each point in the polybeam. 100 mm
    Define the number of points used to create the contour of the polybeam. 30
    Define the angle between points used to create the contour of the polybeam. 45 °


  1. Ellipse - part dimensions


      Description Default
    Define the number of points used to create the contour of the polybeam.
     
    30
    Define the end angle used to create contour of the polybeam.
     
    180 °
    Define the start angle used to create contour of the polybeam.
     
    0 °
    Define the first axis distance of the ellipse polybeam.
     
    6000 mm
    Define the second axis of the ellipse polybeam.
     
    7200 mm


  1. Helix - part dimensions


      Description Default
    Define the number of points used to create the contour of the polybeam.
     
    14
    Define the height between the first and last point of the contour of the polybeam.
     
    3000 mm
    Define the start angle used to create contour of the polybeam.
     
    0 mm
    Define the end angle used to create contour of the polybeam.
     
    270 °

  1. From file - part dimensions


    Field Description Default
    File location The path and name of the .csv file used for the polybeam creation. No
    ... The button for selecting the .csv file. No
    Work plane Defines the work plane used for polybeam creation.
    The options are:
    •Local 
    •Global
    Local
    Chamfer types Define the chamfer type.
    The options are:
    • None -  
    • Line -  
    • Arc - 
    • Cope -  
    • Arc point - 
    • Square - 
    • Square parallel - 
    • Line and Arc - 
    None
    X Define the horizontal dimension of the chamfer.
    This field isn't active if one of the None or Arc point options is selected in the Chamfer types list.
    0 mm
    Y Define the vertical dimension of the chamfer.
    This field isn't active if one of the None, Arc, Cope or Arc point options is selected in the Chamfer types list.
    0 mm

     

Attributes

The Attributes tab can be used for defining attributes properties for the polybeam created by the Complex polybeam creation component.

  1. Numbering series

    Field Description Default
    Part prefix and start number Define the part mark series of a polybeam. P_1
    Assembly prefix and start number Define the assembly mark series of a polybeam. A_1
  1. Attributes

    Part Description Default
    Name Define the name of the polybeam COMPLEX POLYBEAM
    Profile Define the profile of the beam from the profile library. D100
    Material Select the material of a beam from the material library. Steel_Underfined
    Finish Define the finish type. No finish
    Class Define the class number for the beam. 3

Position

The position tab can be used for defining for the polybeam created by the Complex polybeam creation component.

      Field Description Default
      On plane Define the position of the beam on the work plane.
      The options are:
      • Middle
      • Left
      • Right
      Middle
      Define the value of the position. 0 mm
      Rotation Define how much the beam is rotated around its axis on the work plane.
      The options are:
      • Front
      • Top
      • Back
      • Below
      Front
      Define the angle of the rotation. 0 °
      At depth  Define the position of the beam, in terms of depth perpendicular to the work plane.
      The options are:
      • Middle
      • Front
      • Behind
      Middle
      Define the value of the position. 0 mm

      Example

      See also Explode polybeam
      Combine into polybeam

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      by Ilya Kornienko

      Please explain the syntaxis of the csv file. Paste an example.