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Export to Framecad

Last updated February 26, 2018 by Trimble Solutions UK tekla.support.uk@trimble.com

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Export to Framecad


Purpose and description

This tool is part of the Framecad integration extension. The tool is used to export to framecad detailer .fim files. The .fim file format  was developed by framecad to enable integration with 3rd party applications such as Tekla Structures. The file contains the 3d model informationinformation stored to the model

Model information covers, for example, model objects, and drawing and project information.

as detailed in framecad detailer. The export will contain selected light metal framing channel members and solid framecad panels to be converted to frames using framecad detailer's auto build scripts.

Using Export to Framecad

To use the extension:

  1. In the Applications and Components browser, locate the Export to Framecad 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.

    then double click the icon.
  2. By default, the export will create a .fim file with the same name as 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.

    in the current 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.

  3. If you want to change the export file. click the browse button (...) and define a location to export the .fim file to.
  4. Make sure objects in components selection is enabled
  5. Select all framing members of framecad panels that are to be exported
  6. Click Export

Additional information

  • To be exported in the same frame all elements of the frame must be in the same assembly.
  • The bottom track should be set as the main member of the frame assembly.
  • Solid panels being exported to framecad for elementation should be contourplates and must have USER FIELD 1 user attribute set to FrameCADPanel
  • The framecad panel creator can be used to create panels with this flag, with openings simply and quickly.
  • The assembly guid is written to the fim file and if the same assembly guid is imported using the import from frame cad, the assembly and its contents will be deleted and replaced with the contents of the fim file assembly.
  • This is so solid panels exported to framecad for elementation will be replaced with members when the model is returned to Tekla.

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