Framing Tools

Last updated March 30, 2020 by Steel Extensions tekla.extensions-steel@trimble.com

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

Framing Tools

Overview

Framing Tools is an extension package that helps you to create and modify: wallplate that represents a structure such as a wall or roof panel

In Tekla Structures, a panel is created by picking two or more points.

In cast-in-place concrete the term wall refers to a concept similar to panel.

panels, connection between wall panels, panel openings (windows/ doors), panels. Installing the Framing Tools package will install the Howick tools package also: HowickConnection, HowickDetail, HowickExport, HowickExtratool, HowickFloorBeamConnection, HowickFloorCassetteCreator, HowickFloorCreator, HowickFrameChecker and HowickServiceHole.

Installing Framing Tools

  1. Before you install the Framing Tools make sure that Howick tools are not already installed on Tekla Structures. Uninstall Howick tools.
  2. Download and install the Framing Tools installer package from Tekla Warehouse. For more information see Downloading an application from Tekla Warehouse.

General tools

You can find the Framing tools set in the Applications and components cataloguser interface for displaying or modifying information in categorized lists

For example, profile catalog and shape catalog are catalogs.

:

Framing Panel

This tool creates fully framed panels into the model using the start and the end points. You can copy the panels and then you can set each panel properties.
You can create multiple panels in one go and all the panels will connect to each other.

User Inputs

Framing Panel Creation:

  1. In the Applications & Components catalog search forFraming Panel and click on it.
  2. In the model pick the first panel insertion point. As the selected points will be 3D points, the outside face of the panel will be to the right of the definition line.
  3. Hover the mouse on the panelcontextual toolbarfloating toolbar that contains commands for modifying the most common object properties

    The user can customize the contextual toolbar.

    and select the desired creation option:
    1. Create an open line of wall layouts
    2. Create a closed line of wall layouts
  4. Pick the points you want the panels go through.
  5. After you pick the last panel insertion point, click the middle mouse button to finish the Framing Panel creation.

Framing Panel Settings:

  1. In the model double-click on the panel usingSelect components switch button to open the Framing Panel dialog window.
  2. In the Framing Panel dialog window set the desired panel properties.
  3. After you set the Framing Panel properties click Modify and then click OK to close the dialog window.

User controls

Before creating each panel, the options below are either set for the individual panel or load it from a standard attribute file containing predefined settings. You can create wall panels in one go and all panels will connect to each other.
You can change the settings for more than one wall panel at the same time by following these steps:
  1. Double-click on the Framing Panel tool from the Applications and components catalog to open its dialog window.
  2. Select in the model the panels you want to change their properties.
  3. In the Framing Panel dialog window set the desired panel properties.
  4. After you set the Framing Panel properties click Modify and then click OK to close the dialog window.

General tab

Field Description Default
(1) Extra studs distance - Defines the distance between the outer side stud flange inside the panel to the extra stud flange inside the panel. This option is available for both left and right sides of the panel. 42.00
(2) Defines the horizontal distance between the top bracing connection to the braced stud flange. 50.00
(3) Defines the panel height on the left side. 2700.00
(4) Defines the panel height on the right side. -
(5) Horizontal brace - Defines the horizontal brace placement position.
Options are:
- None - the panel will not have any horizontal bracing (noggin).
- Middle - creates a horizontal bracing (noggin) in the middle of the panel.
- Third points - creates two horizontal bracings (noggins) at equal distances from the top and from the bottom edge of the panel.
- User - creates horizontal bracings (noggins) at user defined distances. List multiple values to create more than one horizontal bracing. Each value will create a bracing relative to the bottom edge of the panel.
Note:
Horizontal brace will split at each panel openings, and it will connect to the jambs.
User
(6) Defines horizontal bracings (noggins) at user defined distances. List multiple values to create more than one horizontal bracings. Each value will create a bracing relative to the bottom edge of the panel. To enable set Horizontal brace to User option. 800.00 1600.00
(7) Defines the horizontal distance between the bottom bracing connection to the braced stud central axis. 50.00
(8) Panel position on plane - Defines the on plane wall panel position offset.
Options are:
- Front - the on plane panel position is set to the exterior panel side.
- Middle - the on plane panel position is set to the panel centerline.
- Behind - the on plane panel position is set to the interior panel side.
Front
(9) Stud spacings - Defines the spacing distances between the studs. The last input value is the spacing distance for the last studs of the panel, if any. List multiple values to create varying stud distances.
For example:
Space-separated input list 800 3*600 2*500 is the same with 800 600 600 600 500 500 input.
600.00
(10) Back to back stud - Defines the index number list of the studs which will be replaced with the two back-to-back studs. Note that the first stud on the panel is indexed as 0, not as 1. -
(11) Brace to the left - Creates the brace on the left side of the defined list of index number(s) studs . Note that the first stud on the panel is indexed as 0, not as 1. 4
(12) Brace to the right - Creates the brace on the right side of the defined list of index number(s) studs. Note that the first stud on the panel is indexed as 0, not as 1. 8
(13) Panels length - Defines the maximum panel length. When distance between end and start point is longer than the defined maximum length, wall will split automatically into separate panels accordingly. List multiple values if you want maximum panel length to vary within multi-panel wall during panels creation. -
(14) Skipped panels - Defines the panels not to create and skip during multi-panel creation within the wall. List multiple numbers to skip certain panels when creating a wall along the whole floor perimeter, for example. This will allow you to have free space for positioning extra elements, for example concrete objects or hot rolled steel structure between framing systems. -

Parts tab

Options to set the Prefix, Start No and the Name for Panel assembly and the general properties for Studs, Top track, Bottom track, Horizontal brace and Bracing.

Service Holes tab

Field Description Default
(1) Vertical Service Holes Locations - Defines the service holes placement on the vertical elements of the panel. Placement distances are measured from the bottom edge of the panel to the hole center. 300.00 1900.00
(2) Horizontal Service Holes Locations - Defines the service holes placement on the horizontal elements of the panel. Placement distances are measured from the start point of the panel to the hole center. 500.00
(3) Hole type - List of the service hole types.
Options are:
- Standard - Allows you to create the service holes by choosing an bolt hole attribute file from the Hole size list.
- User - Allows you to create the service holes by setting their length and width from the User X Length and User Y length boxes.
User
(4) Hole size - List of the available bolt hole attribute files. -
(5) User X Length - Defines the service hole length for Hole Typelist set on User option. 10.00 20.00 10.00 20.00
(6) User Y Length - Defines the service hole width for Hole Typelist set on User option. 10.00 20.00 10.00 20.00
(7) Tool Name - Defines the service hole name. SERVICE_HOLE
(8) Inquire - Inquire service hole button -
(9) Standard location Holes Between Studs - Creates holes on the horizontal elements of the panel. The holes have default sizes already coded in. Horizontal position of the holes is in the midpoint of the stud spacings.
Options are:
- No - Creates no hole between studs.
- Yes - Creates holes in the distance midpoint between studs.
No

Connections tab

Field Description Default
(1) Defines the connection by selecting from the Applications and components catalog, for example HowickConnection. HowickConnection
(2) Loads the corresponding connection attribute file. standard, Brace, middle, corner

Limitation:
To use a plugincomponent that is developed using Tekla Open API

Plugin is a .dll file and loaded inside Tekla Structures process.

Plugins can be started from the applications and components catalog.

or custom componentcomponent that the user creates and uses for creating model objects whose composition the user can modify as a group

connection you need to go through having no connection.
Example:

  1. Clear the connection box content.
  2. Click Modify.
  3. Browse the custom component connection from the Applications and components catalog and double-click on it.
  4. Click Modify to apply the changes.

Direct manipulation - Wall panels

You can resize, reshape the panel boundary by using direct manipulation handles and the additional framing direct modificationfunction that activates the mode where the model objects can be modified by using handles

Direct modification enables additional handles and modification options.

toolbar.

Wall panel - direct modification:

  1. Ensure that Direct modification is switched on.
  2. Select the panel using Select components switch button
  3. To reshape or resize the panel, drag the point and line handles.
    For example:
    - You can drag the top track point handles to change the shape of the panel

    - You can drag the bottom track to change its vertical position.
    - You can drag the outer side studs to change their horizontal position.

Wall panel - additional framing direct modification:

  1. Ensure that Direct modification is switched on.
  2. Select the panel using Select components switch button
  3. Hover the mouse on the contextual toolbar and you will see the additional framing direct modification options:
    Field Description Default
    (1) Modify boundary and openings - Adjusts the wall panel and openings geometry button. Enabled
    (2) Modify wall points - Adjusts the wall panel start and end points button. Disabled
    (3) Modify stud spacing - Adjusts the stud spacings and adds new studs button. Add a new stud to a panel by dragging theicon to the desired placement position. Disabled
    (4) Modify panel lengths - Adjusts the multi-panels maximum lengths along the wall panel. Disabled
    (5) Add opening with two points - Add opening button by choosing two horizontal points. Disabled
    (6) Add rectangle opening - Add opening button by choosing two diagonal points. Disabled
    (7) Panel direction - Allows you to flip the wall panel to be facing either inner or outer building area.
    Options are:
    - Left to Right.
    - Right to Left.
    Left to Right

    For example:
    To modify the spacing between studs select the Modify studbolt element that represents a metal rod or pin that is used to transfer loads

    Studs and other bolt elements are listed in the bolt catalog.

    A stud can be secured with two or more nuts and have threading at both ends, or it can be welded to steel parts, for example.

    A stud is part of the bolt assembly.

    spacing
    button and drag the stud line handles to the desired placement position.

Panel Opening

This tool allows you to define any number of window/ door openings within a wall panel. All the studs, tracks, horizontal braces and connections will automatically update to accommodate the opening.
For door openings the tool will place local punches to the bottom track and to the door jambs, to aid removal of track below door onsite.

User Inputs

Panel Opening Creation:

  1. Ensure thatDirect modification switch is enabled.
  2. In the model use theSelect components switch to select the panel to which you want to add the openings.
  3. Hover the mouse on the panelcontextual toolbar to open the panel floating toolbar and select one of the two options to create the desired opening:
    1. Enable the Add opening with two points button:
      Field Description Default
      (1) Opening dimensions input alternative - Allows you to define the opening vertical position and the opening height. Click Opening dimensions input alternative button to cycle through the five different opening input options:




      -
      (2) Opening bottom edge height - Defines the vertical distance from the bottom edge of the panel to the top edge of the sill. 900.00
      (3) Opening height - Defines the vertical distance from the bottom edge of the panel to the top edge of the sill. 1200.00
    2. Enable the Add rectangle opening button:
  4. Pick the first and the second insertion point of the opening within the panel.
  5. Right-click and select Interrupt to finish the opening creation.

Panel Opening Settings:

  1. Ensure that theDirect modification switch is enabled.
  2. In the model select the panel that contains the opening using Select components switch to select the panel that contains the opening.
  3. Select the opening.
  4. Right-click and select Properties to open the Panel Opening dialog window.
  5. In the Panel Opening dialog window set the desired opening properties.
  6. After you set the desired Panel Opening properties click Modify and then click OK to close the dialog window.

General tab

Field Description Default
(1) Defines the vertical distance from the sill top edge to the lintel bottom edge. 1200.00
(2) Defines the vertical distance from the panel bottom edge to the top sill edge. 900.00
(3) Allows you to create studs above and/or below the opening.
Options are:
- Both - places studs above and below the opening.
- Above - places studs above the opening.
- Below - places studs below the opening.
Both

Lintel, Sill and Jambs tabs

In these tabs you can set the general properties for the Lintel, Sill and Jambs.

Direct manipulation - Openings

Opening - direct modification:

  1. Ensure thatDirect modification switch is enabled.
  2. In the model select the panel that contains the opening using Select components switch.
  3. Select the opening.
  4. To reposition drag the opening. To resize drag the line handles of the opening. The tool provides a graphical representationthe way that the information included in a model is represented visually

    showing the changes to the physical location of the opening.
    For example:
    - You can drag the opening to change its position within the panel:

    - You can drag the line handles to change the opening size:

Opening - additional direct modification:

  1. Ensure thatDirect modification switch is enabled.
  2. In the model select the panel that contains the opening usingSelect components switch.
  3. Select the opening.
  4. Hover the mouse on thecontextual toolbar to open the floating toolbar and you will see the additional opening direct modification options:
  5. Field Description Default
    (1) Brace type - Creates braces to the opening.
    Options are:
    - None - Creates no brace to the opening.
    - Left - Creates the brace on the left side of the opening.
    - Right - Creates the brace on the right side of the opening.
    - Both - Creates two braces on the right and left side of the opening.
    None

Note:
The Panel Opening tool will automatically recognise the opening type and will display the appropriate modification options:

PaneltoPanelConnection

This tool connect one wall panel to another. All the studs, tracks, horizontal braces and connections inside the panel will automatically update to accommodate the opening if valid.

User Inputs

PaneltoPanelConnection Creation:

  1. In the Applications & components catalog search for PaneltoPanelConnection and click on it.
  2. In the model select the first panel to connect using Select components switch.
  3. Select the second panel to connect to and the connection is done.

PaneltoPanelConnection Settings:

  1. In the model double-click on thePaneltoPanelConnection using Select components switch.
  2. PaneltoPanelConnection dialog window opens and you can set the desired connection properties.

Parameters tab

Field Description Default
(10) Connection Type - Defines the wall panel connection types.
Options are:
- Standard - Connects the first selected panel to the second selected panel:

- Reversed - Connects the second selected panel to the first selected panel:
Standard

Howick framing tools

The Framing tools extension also contains a number of tools to aid construction of models using the Howick system and an export that produces a file that can be processed directly by a Howick framing machine.
You can find the Howick framing tools set in the Applications and components catalog:

HowickConnection

The HowickConnection tool creates the connection between wall panel members. The Howick Frame machines uses the standard machine tools which produce the standard connections for use with panels and trusses. The HowickConnection applies cuts, notches, swages and dimples.

User Inputs

HowickConnection Creation:

  1. In the Applications & Components catalog search for HowickConnection and click on it.
  2. In the model select the main part(1) part that exists in a building object and that determines the position number for the assembly or cast unit and the direction of assembly or cast unit drawings

    (1) Main part can be an assembly main part or a cast unit main part.

    (2) input part that the user selects first when creating a component

    (2) Connections and details always have a component main part.

    you want to connect to.
  3. Select the secondary member you want to connect.
  4. Click the middle mouse button to finish the HowickConnection creation.

HowickConnection Settings:

  1. In the model double-click on the component symbolsymbol in a model that indicates a component type, functions as a link to component properties, and can be used to control component objects

    Component symbol of a connection or a detail also indicates the status of the connection or the detail using colors.

    of the connection using Select objects in components switch button.
  2. The HowickConnection dialog window opens.
  3. In the HowickConnection dialog window set the connection properties.
  4. To apply the HowickConnection settings click Modify.

Parameters tab

Field Description Default
(1) CutBack Type - Allows you to choose the cut back type.
Options are:
- Std Cutback - This option cuts the secondary member back to the inside of the primary member’s web. You can use this option for connecting studs to tracks.
- No Cutback - This option does not cut the secondary member. If the secondary member passes through the back of the primary member it will notch the primary member. You can use this option for notching and swaging.
- User Cutback - This option allows you to define a gap distance between the web of the primary part and the end of the secondary part. Type the desired gap value in the CutBack Distance box.
Std Cutback
(2) CutBack Distance - Defines the gap distance between the web of the primary part and the end of the secondary part. Disabled
(3) Dimple Backmark - Controls the distance from the back of the primary member’s web to the dimple on the primary member’s flanges.
Keeping the Dimple Backmark box empty the dimples will be located in the middle of the primary’s flanges.
-
(4) Add Dimples - Allows you to add or remove the connection dimples.
Options are:
- yes - Creates dimples to the connection. This option creates an assembly that contains the primary and secondary parts.
- no - Creates no dimples to the connection.
yes
(5) Use Truss Tool - Allows you to cut the corners off from the end of the member that sits inside the other member. This option allows sloping connections to work in more situations. Obviously this should only be used if your machine has this tool.
Options are:
- yes - Cuts off the corners from the end of the member.
- no - No corner cuts at the end of the member.
No
(6) Truss cut size - defines the truss cut length.
For example:
The truss cut is a 45° cut and the length set in the Truss cut size box value:
-

ToolSizes tab

Options to control the size of notchcut in one component object or input part for receiving another component object or input part

, lip cut, swage and dimple. The connection has default sizes already coded in, however these may not be appropriate to your profile size or machine settings. It is important to ensure these settings are correct. Please discuss this with your local Howick office if you are unsure of your machine’s properties.

Field Description Default
(1) Notch size - Defines the notch size. -
(2) LipCut Size - Defines the lip cut size. -
(3) Swage Size - Defines the swage size. -
(4) Dimple Size - Defines the dimple size. -

HowickConnection - Examples

Example 1 - END STUD TO HORIZONTAL BRACE (NOGGIN)


In this case the main part is the stud (blue member). Standard Cutback or User Cutback (if non standard gapany space between two objects

The term gap is used in its general sense in Tekla Structures.

) option should be used for this connection. The connection includes the lip cut to the stud and swages to the brace as well as creating the dimples.
To complete this follow these steps:

  1. In the Applications & components catalog search for HowickConnection and double-click on it.
  2. The HowickConnection dialog window will open.
  3. On the Parameters tab set the CutBack type list on Std Cutback or User Cutback (if non standard gap) option. These connection settings include the lip cut to the stud and swages to the horizontal brace as well as creating the dimples.
  4. In the model select the stud as the main part (blue member).
  5. Select the horizontal brace as the secondary part(1) part that exists in a building object and that is connected to the main part

    (1) Secondary part can be an assembly secondary part or a cast unit secondary part.

    (2) input part that the user selects after selecting the component main part when creating a component

    (2) A component can have none, one or more component secondary parts.

    (red member).
  6. Click the middle mouse button to finish the HowickConnection creation.

Example 2 - STUD TO TRACK


In this case the main part is the bottom track (green member). Standard Cutback or User Cutback (if non standard gap) option should be used for this connection. The connection includes the lip cut to the stud and swage to the track as well as creating the dimples.
To complete this follow these steps:

  1. In the Applications & components catalog search for HowickConnection and double-click on it.
  2. The HowickConnection dialog window will open.
  3. On the Parameters tab set the CutBack type list on Std Cutback or User Cutback (if non standard gap) option. These connection settings include the lip cut to the stud and swages to the track as well as creating the dimples.
  4. In the model select the track as the main part (green member).
  5. Select the stud as the secondary part (blue member).
  6. Click the middle mouse button to finish the HowickConnection creation.

For multiple studs select the track as the main part and then select the studs as secondary parts.

Example 3 - STUD TO HORIZONTAL BRACE (NOGGIN)


In this case the main part is the stud (blue member). Set the CutBack type list on No cutback option. This will notch the back of the stud and will add the swage and dimples.
To complete this follow these steps:

  1. In the Applications & components catalog search for HowickConnection and double-click on it.
  2. The HowickConnection dialog window will open.
  3. On the Parameters tab set the CutBack type list on No Cutback option. These connection settings will notch the back of the stud and add in the swage and dimples.
  4. In the model select the stud as the main part (blue member).
  5. Select the horizontal brace as the secondary part (red member).
  6. Click the middle mouse button to finish the HowickConnection creation.

Example 4 - STUD TO BRACE


In this case the main part is the stud (blue member). Standard Cutback or User Cutback (if non standard gap) options should be used for this connection. The connection may need to be adjusted to make the swage longer. This is carried out in the connection Toolsizes tab page. The export will take this as a multiple swage and lip cut.
To complete this follow these steps:

  1. In the Applications & components catalog search for HowickConnection and double-click on it.
  2. The HowickConnection dialog window will open.
  3. On the Parameters tab set the CutBack type list on Std Cutback or User Cutback (if non standard gap) option. The connection may need to be adjusted to make the swage longer. On the ToolSizes tab boxes you can control the swage. The HowickExport tool will take this as a multiple swage and lip cut.
  4. In the model select the stud as the main part (blue member).
  5. Select the brace as the secondary part (red member).
  6. Click the middle mouse button to finish the HowickConnection creation.

Example 5 - END STUD TO BOTTOM TRACK


In this case the main part is the bottom track (green member). Standard Cutback or User Cutback (if non standard gap) options should be used for this connection. The connection includes the lip cut to the stud and swages to the brace as well as creating the dimples.
To complete this follow these steps:

  1. In the Applications & components catalog search for HowickConnection and double-click on it.
  2. The HowickConnection dialog window will open.
  3. On the Parameters tab set the CutBack type list on Std Cutback or User Cutback (if non standard gap) option. The connection settings include the lip cut to the stud and swages to the bottom track as well as creating the dimples.
  4. In the model select the bottom track as the main part (green member).
  5. Select the end stud as the secondary part (blue member).
  6. Click the middle mouse button to finish the HowickConnection creation.

HowickDetail

The HowickDetail plugin applies the Howick tools to a single member at the specified location.
Use the HowickDetail plugin to add dimples, notch, lip cut or swage to an element.

User Inputs

HowickDetail Creation:

  1. In the Applications & Components catalog search for HowickDetail and click on it.
  2. In the model select the part.
  3. Pick the position on the part to finish the HowickDetail creation.

HowickDetail Settings:

  1. In the model double-click on the component symbol of the detail using Select objects in components switch button.
  2. The HowickDetail dialog window opens.
  3. In the HowickDetail dialog window set the detail properties.
  4. To apply the HowickDetail settings click Modify.

Parameters tab

Field Description Default
(1) Add Dimples - Allows you to add or remove dimples to the part.
Options are:
- yes - Creates the dimples.
- no - Creates no dimples.
yes
(2) Add Notch - Allows you to create the notch to the part.
Options are:
- yes - Creates the notch.
- no - Creates no notch.
yes
(3) Add Lipcut - Allows you to add or remove the lip cut to the part.
Options are:
- yes - Creates the lip cut.
- no - Creates no lip cut.
yes
(4) Add Swage - Allows you to add or remove the swage to the part.
Options are:
- yes - Creates the swage.
- no - Creates no swage.
yes

ToolSizes tab

Field Description Default
(1) Notch size - Defines the notch size. -
(2) LipCut Size - Defines the lip cut size. -
(3) Swage Size - Defines the swage size. -
(4) Dimple Size - Defines the dimple size. -
(5) Dimple Backmark - Defines the distance from the back of the member’s web to the dimple. -

HowickExport

The HowickExport 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.

exports the panel objects to a .csv format that can be uploaded to the Howick Frame machine. You can find all the exported files in the output folder created automatically.

User Inputs & Settings

  1. In the Applications & Components catalog search for HowickExport and double-click on it.
  2. The HowickExport dialog window opens where you can set the desired export settings.
  3. Select in the model the panel objects you want to export using Select objects in components switch button.
  4. To create the .csv files click the Export button.

Note:
Numberingprocess of assigning position numbers to parts, cast units, assemblies, or reinforcement

In Tekla Structures, the position numbers assigned in the numbering are shown in marks and templates, for example.

needs to be up to date before the export will creating the .csv files.
On the ToolSizes tab adjust the settings to suit your Howick Frame machine setup.

Export tab

Field Description Default
(1) Output folder - Defines the location for the exported files Model folder\Howick Files
(2) Export type - Allows you to set the export type.
Options are:
- Selected - Exports the selected panel objects only.
Note:
To export the selected panel objects only, use the Select objects in components switch button.
- All - Export all the panels objects from the model.
Selected
(3) File type - Allows you to set the type of the exported file.
Options are:
- CSV1
- CSV2
CSV2
(4) Max number of Sticks per file - Allows you to set the maximum number of panel objects the .csv file will contain. To use this option select the checkbox and input the desired maximum number in the box. Cleared
(5) One member per line - Select the check box to have one panel object per line in the exported file. Cleared

ToolSizes tab

Field Description Default
(1) Lip Cut Size - Allows you to define the Lip Cut Size to suit the Howick Frame machine. Default
(2) Notch Cut Size - Allows you to define the Notch Cut Size to suit the Howick Frame machine. Default
(3) Swage Size - Allows you to define the Swage Size to suit the Howick Frame machine. Default

HowickExtratool

The HowickExtraTool allows you to use the extra tools for some of the Howick machines. These extra tools are not used by the existing Howick plugins.

User Inputs

  1. In the Applications & components catalog search for HowickExtraTool and double-click on it.
  2. The dialog wondow opens and you can set the name in the Tool Name box.
  3. In the model select the required bolt holes.
  4. After you select the bolt holes click Modify.

If you want a non standard tool to punch a member at a specific location you simply need to follow these steps:

  1. In the model create a standard bolt holesmall hollow open throughout a part or assembly that is usually used for fastening parts with bolts or other such objects

    Hole is created in the same way as bolts and hole properties are defined in the bolt properties.

    at the specified location.
  2. Open the HowickExtraTool and set the tool name to use for the hole. The centre point of the hole is important as it is the location written into the export file for the tool along with the tool name.

Note:
You will need to know the name the control software uses for the tool so it can be written to the export file. If you do not know the required name you will need to contact your local Howick office for more information.

HowickFloorBeamConnection

The HowickFloorBeamConnection tool creates the connection between two floor beams.

User Inputs

HowickFloorBeamConnection Creation:

  1. In the Applications & components catalog search for HowickFloorBeamConnection and click on it.
  2. In the model select the first beam.
  3. Pick the second beam to finish the HowickFloorBeamConnection creation.

HowickFloorBeamConnection Settings:

  1. In the model double-click on the connection symbol using Select objects in components switch button.
  2. The HowickFloorBeamConnection dialog window opens.
  3. In the HowickFloorBeamConnection dialog window set the connection properties.
  4. To apply the HowickFloorBeamConnection settings click Modify.

Parameters

Field Description Default
(1) Cut Back Distance - Defines the gap distance between the web of the primary part and the end of the secondary part. 20
(2) Add Dimples - Allows you to add or remove the connection dimples. yes
(3) Add Tabs - Option to add or remove the fixing tabs. yes

HowickFloorCassetteCreator

The HowickFloorCassetteCreator tool creates a rectangular truss using Howick members and connections.

User Inputs

HowickFloorCassetteCreator Creation:

  1. In the Applications & components catalog search for HowickFloorCassetteCreator and click on it.
  2. In the model pick the start point of the truss.
  3. Pick the end point to create the truss.

HowickFloorCassetteCreator Settings:

  1. In the model double-click on the truss using Select components switch button.
  2. The HowickFloorCassetteCreator dialog window opens.
  3. In the HowickFloorCassetteCreator dialog window set the truss properties.
  4. To apply the HowickFloorCassetteCreator settings click Modify.

Parts tab

Options to set the Profile, Prefix, Start No, Material and Name for truss elements.

Parameters tab

Field Description Default
(1) Frame Height - Defines the height of the truss. 300
(2) Max Web Spacing - Defines the panels length of the truss. -
(3) Start Gap - Defines the horizontal distance between the edge of the truss and the first/last diagonal start/end point. 47
(4) Brace Gap - Defines the gap between the diagonals. 56
(5) Dimple Backmark - Defines the distance from the back of the web truss to the dimple. 20.65
(6) Inverse - Allows you to connect the first/last diagonals to the top or bottom track of the truss. no
(7) Use Truss Tool - Allows you to cut off the corners of the diagonals. yes
(8) Truss Cut Size - Defines the truss tool cut length. 10

HowickFloorCreator

The HowickFloorCreator tool creates a rectangular floor panel by picking 3 points. Connection between the main beams and joists uses the HowickFloorBeamConnection tool.

User Inputs

HowickFloorCreator Creation:

  1. In the Applications & components catalog search for HowickFloorCreator and click on it.
  2. In the model pick the first edge of the panel.
  3. Pick the second point to define the panel width.
  4. Pick the third point to define the panel length.

HowickFloorCreator Settings:

  1. In the model double-click on the panel using Select components switch button.
  2. The HowickFloorCreator dialog window opens where you can set the panel properties.

Parts tab

Options to set the Profile, Prefix, Start No, Material and Name for panel elements.

Parameters tab

Field Description Default
(1) Lip cut size - Defines the lip cut size. 0.00
(2) Number of beams - Defines the joists number, except the first and the last. 6
(3) Beam Spacing - Defines the joists spacing distance. -
(4) Use Dimples - Option to add or remove the dimples from the connection between the main beams and joists. Yes
(5) Dimple Size - Defines the dimple size. 10.00
(6) Use Tabs - Option to add or remove the fixing tabs. Yes
(7) Use slotted dimples - Option to add or remove the slotted dimples. Yes

HowickFrameChecker

The HowickFrameChecker tool checks the frame connections status and displays information about the connection tools: notches, swages, dimples, lipcuts and tabs.
Field Description Default
(1) Hide Good Connections - Option to hide the good connections. Unselected
(2) Check Selected Frame - Check button for selected assemblies only. -
(3) Check all Frames - Check button for all assemblies from the model. -

User Inputs

  1. In the Applications & components catalog search for HowickFrameChecker and double-click on it.
  2. After the dialog window opens select in the model the frame you want to check by using the Select assemblies switch button.
  3. Select one of the two check buttons to display the connections information and status.

HowickServiceHole

The HowickServiceHole plugin places a hole through the selected parts, between two picked points. The hole can be any size that you have a frame machine tool for. Note the size will not be written to the export file, only a command for the machine to use whatever service hole tool it has installed. To ensure the model is correct for clash prevention the hole diameter from the model should match the machine hole size.

User Inputs

HowickServiceHole Creation:

  1. In the Applications & components catalog search for HowickServiceHole and click on it.
  2. In the model select the members the service hole will pass through using Select objects in components switch button.
  3. Click the middle mouse button to finish the members selection.
  4. Pick the start point and then the end point to define the path of the hole.

HowickServiceHole Settings:

  1. In the model double-click on the plugin using Select components switch button.
  2. The HowickServiceHole dialog window opens where you can set the hole properties.

Parameters tab

Field Description Default
(1) Hole Size - Defines the hole size. 70.00
(2) Hole Tool Code - Defines the hole code. -

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