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Create Plate macros

Last updated June 26, 2017 by Tekla Support US tekla.support.us@trimble.com

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Create Plate macros

Create Plate From Part


When you run this macrosaved series of actions that includes instructions for a program

Macros are located in the applications and components catalog. They are recorded or created manually and stored as .cs file in a folder defined with the advanced option XS_MACRO_DIRECTORY.

Macros can, for example, be used for creating drawings or reports.

Macros are sometimes used to run an application.

you will be prompted to pick the solid objects you want to convert to plates. Once you have completed picking the parts, press the Middle Mouse button and Tekla will then cycle through all of the parts you picked and convert them to plates. The original solid part object will NOT be deleted so when it is not longer needed you will need to delete it.

The new contour plates will not all be grouped together as an Assembly so you will need to group your assemblies accordingly.

Above picture show solid objects in model before using this macro.

These pictures show the plates in the model after using this macro.

Notice that plates are created on all sides of each solid that you pick. Therefore you will need to delete those 'end plates' to create a continuous opening if that is desired.

Don't forget to delete all the solids inside the resulting plates.

Create Plate From Surface


When you run this macro you will be prompted to pick a surface in the model (make sure you are in fully solid mode) to create a contour platepart whose outline form the user defines by picking three or more points

The user can define the shape of the contour plate parallel to the work plane. The profile in use defines the thickness. The corners of the contour plate can be chamfered.

on. The command will repeat itself, right click and Interrupt or press Esc once you are done.

Above picture show solid objectmodel object that is represented as a closed 3D boundary representation

Solid objects are based on solid modeling and they can be described as being watertight. Solid objects can be poured, detailed, and deformed, for example.

in model before using this macro.

When running this macro will prompt you to select a surface.

After selecting a surface, it will create a contour plate(1) part that represents a flat structure

(1) In some contexts, for example in analysis, the term plate object may be used to refer to plates.

(2) plate that represents a steel structure

(2) Plate is mainly used as a connection piece or as a floor plate.

to that surface and prompt you to select another surface if needed.

Once you have added contour plates to all the desired surfaces, right click the stop the macro.

Delete the solid object used to create these plates once it is no longer needed.

Starting in v21.1, the above Macros are available in all US Environment Roles

  • Cast In Place (hidden)

  • Contractor (hidden)

  • Engineering

  • Precast Detailing (hidden)

  • Steel Detailing (hidden)

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