Howick Tools

Last updated April 9, 2021 by Tekla Structures Extensions UK tekla.extensions-uk@trimble.com

Software version: 
Not version-specific
Environment: 
United Kingdom

Howick Tools

Howick tools 2.0

The Howick Tools extension contains a number of tools to aid construction of models using the Howick system. It also contains an export tool that creates files to be processed directly by a Howick framing machine. Download and install the Howick Tools installer package from Tekla Warehouse.

To create fully framed panels use the Framing Panel tool from the Framing tools extension package. Download and install the Framing tools extension package from Tekla Warehouse.

You can find the Howick Tools extensions package in the Applications and components cataloguser interface for displaying or modifying information in categorized lists

For example, profile catalog and shape catalog are catalogs.

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HowickConnection

The HowickConnection tool creates the connection between 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.

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.
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(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) Add Notch - Allows you to add or remove the notch to the primary part. This option is available for No Cutback option only.
Options are:
- Yes - Creates the notch.
- No - Doesn't create any notch.
Yes
(6) 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
(7) 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 (NOGGING)


In this case the main part is the 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.

(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 creates the dimples, the lip cut to the stud and the swage to the track.
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 (NOGGING)


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 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.

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 the exported file 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.
  • The exported files don't state the gauge of the material. Usually a project uses a single profile section so the exported .csv files don't state the gauge of the material. For a project that uses multiple gauge materials, you can select the filter the profile sections from the model and then export them by section to specific folders.
  • On the Tools 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

Tools tab

Field Description Default
(1) Lip Cut Size - Allows you to define the size of the lipcut to suit the Howick Frame machine. 46
(2) Notch Cut Size - Allows you to define the size of the notch to suit the Howick Frame machine. 46
(3) Swage Size - Allows you to define the size of the swage to suit the Howick Frame machine. 46
(4) Deep section beam height - Allows you to define the height of the beam to suit the Howick Frame machine. 149
(5) Deep section flange width - Allows you to define the width of the beam flange to suit the Howick Frame machine. 64
(6) Dimple tool - Allows you to define the Dimple tool name to suit the Howick Frame machine. DIMPLE
(7) Flange tool - Allows you to define the Flange tool name to suit the Howick Frame machine. FLANGE1
(8) Lip cut tool - Allows you to define the Lip cut tool name to suit the Howick Frame machine. LIP_CUT
(9) Swage tool - Allows you to define the Swage tool name to suit the Howick Frame machine. SWAGE
(10) Tab tool - Allows you to define the Tab tool name to suit the Howick Frame machine. TAB
(11) Tab A tool - Allows you to define the Tab A tool name to suit the Howick Frame machine. TABA
(12) Notch tool - Allows you to define the Notch tool name to suit the Howick Frame machine. NOTCH
(13) Dimple slot tool - Allows you to define the Dimple slot tool name to suit the Howick Frame machine. DIMPLE_SLOT

HowickExtratool

The HowickExtraTool allows you to define special tool names to the bolt holes and cuts for some of the Howick machines.

User Inputs

  1. In the Applications & components catalog search for HowickExtraTool and double-click on it.
  2. After the dialog window opens type 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.

 

To punch a member using a non standard tool follow the next 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 a specific location.
  2. Open the HowickExtraTool and input the tool name to use for the bolt hole. The centre point of the bolt hole is the location written into the .csv export file.
  3. In the model select the bolt holes you want the tool name to apply to.
  4. Click Modify to assign the tool name to the selected bolt holes.

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) Dimple size - Allows you to define the dimple size. 10.00
(4) Add Tabs - Option to add or remove the fixing tabs. yes
(5) Lip cut size - Allows you to define the lip cut size. -
(6) Add slotted dimples - Allows you to add slotted dimples. 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. -

Howick tools 1.0

Purpose and description

This extension 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.


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Installing Howick tools

The Howick Tools is available to download from the Tekla Warehouse.
Download the installer for your Tekla Structures version and install.

User toolbar 

To manually add an extension to a user toolbar in Tekla Structures:

  1. Click Tools > Customize to open the Customize dialog box.
  2. On the Toolbars tab, click New... A new toolbar with the name Howick Toolbar appears in the toolbar tree. You can enter a new name for the toolbar.
  3. Search for the extension on the list on the left (see below for tools installed by this extension), click on it and then click the right arrow to add it to the toolbar.
    • HowickConnection
    • HowickDetail
    • HowickFloorCassetteCreator
    • HowickServiceHole
    • Macro:HowickExtraTool
    • Macro:HowickExport
  4. Repeat step 3 if you would like to add the rest of the extension tools to the toolbar.
  5. Click Close.

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The Frame Creator

Double click on the HowickFrameCreator in the component catalogcatalog that contains all system components and custom components, and the macros and applications

or click on the toolbar if it exists. Fill in the parameters for frame height, name assembly marks and numbering seriesset of identifiers defined by the user, based on which Tekla Structures compares parts, assemblies, cast units, or reinforcement with each other during the numbering and gives position numbers

Numbering series is defined by a prefix and a start number.

The user can, for example, allocate separate numbering series to different phases or part types.

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The plugin will add in, by default, extra studs and bracing. Three intermediate studs will be placed if no parameter is given.

Although the profile buttons will allow you to pick any section, we recommend “CC” sections as the program looks for thickness of the section. Although the parts tab contains There is a set range of sections that can be produced by the Howick Machine. Discuss this with your local Howick office.

The frame created can be modified using the plugin after creation. All the members are placed within the frame in the correct orientation, and the connections are applied with the correct cutback type setting.


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The Howick Connection

Panels can also be created manually for window panels, door panels etc.

Using the HowickFrameCreator and exploding the assembly is one way of achieving this, or simply model in the required sections, studs and add the connection to the members.

The Howick Frame machines use the standard machine tools which create the standard connections for panels and trusses.

Add tracks and studs into the model using the create column and create beam tools

Prefix and start numbers can be applied as the modelling is in progress. Give the members the name expected to see in the piecebuilding object that is a basic element of a model and that can be modeled and detailed further

The main concrete parts are: column, beam, polybeam, spiral beam, panel, slab, lofted slab, pad footing, strip footing, and item.

The main steel parts are: column, beam, polybeam, curved beam, twin profile, orthogonal beam, spiral beam, contour plate, bent plate, lofted plate, and item.

The term piece is sometimes used to refer to part.

list on the assembly drawings. The Profile has a select button. (Recommended “CC” sections).

The classpart property that groups parts according to identifiers given by the user

The identifiers of classes are usually numbers. Classes can be used for defining the color of parts in the model, for example. Class does not influence the numbering of model objects.

is for color representationthe way that the information included in a model is represented visually

.

In the model pick the two positions you require the member to go between. Build up your panel.


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Using the connection

From the component catalog or toolbar select the HowickConnection.

There is one connection that applies all the cuts, notches, swages and dimples.

Currently there are three cutback types available in the connection, these are:

Std Cutback
The Standard cutback option cuts the secondary member back to the inside of the primary member’s web this would be used 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. This option would be used for notching and swaging.

User Cutback
If the standard cutback is not appropriate and a gap is required between the web of the primary and the end of the secondary member, the user can enter the distance to be used. The value is measured from the back of the primary member. The required distance should be entered into the Cutback Distance field on the dialog.

The Dimple Backmark field controls the distance from the back of the Primary member’s web to the dimple on the primary member’s flanges. If the field it left empty the dimples will be located in the middle of the primary’s flanges.

The Add Dimples option was added after user feedback and allows the connection to be applied without dimples. The consequence of selecting “No” for this option is that the Primary and Secondary members are not joined in an assembly.

The truss tool option cuts the corners off the end of the member that sits inside the other member. The truss tool allows sloping connections to work in more situations. Obviously this should only be used if your machine has this tool.

The truss cut is a 45° cut and with a length set by the Truss cut lengthbolt property that indicates the depth at which Tekla Structures searches for the sections of the bolted parts

Cut length determines whether the bolt will go through one flange or two, for example.

value.

The tool sizes tab contains settings to control the sizes of notches, lip cuts etc. 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 setting are correct. Please discuss this with your local Howick office if you are unsure of your machine’s properties.

 

Examples of usage

For all the examples below you must first

  •  Locate the Howick Connection in the component catalog and Double-Click (Or click on the toolbar if present)
  •  Set the correct settings for the tool sizes, Cutback type and Cutback distance.
  •  Select the members as defined in each example.

Example 1 – Nog to End Stud

In this case the main part is the stud. Standard Cutback or User Cutback (if non standard gap) option should be used for this connection.  The connection includes the lipcut to the stud and swages to the brace as well as creating the dimples.  To complete this:

  • Click the main part (blue member) followed by the secondary (red member).
  • Click the middle button to apply.

Example 2 – Stud to track

 

In this case the main part is the bottom track. Standard Cutback or User Cutback (if non standard gap) option should be used for this connection. The connection creates the dimples, the lip cut to the stud and the swage to the track.  To complete this

  • Click the main part (green member) followed by the secondary (blue member).
  • Click the middle button to apply.

In the case where there is a double stud simply click the main part followed by the two secondary members and click the middle button to apply.


Example 3 – Nog/Horizontal brace

In this case the main part is the stud (blue member) and the brace the secondary.  No cutback is selected in the connection.  This will notch the back of the stud and add in the swage and dimples. To complete this

  • Click the main part (blue member) followed by the secondary (red member)
  • Click the middle button to apply.

Example 4 – Brace

In this case the main part is the stud (blue member) and the brace the secondary. 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.  Add in a dimension and modify the connection.  The export will take this as a multiple swage and lipcut. To complete this

  • Click the main part (blue member) followed by the secondary (red member)
  • Click the middle button to apply.

Example 5 – Panel corner

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

  • Click the main part (green member) followed by the secondary part (blue member) 
  • Click the middle button to apply

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Setting the assembly

As the connections have been applied to the members the system has created them into an assembly.  For the best output in drawings and correct functionality for the export the bottom track needs to be made into the main part of the assembly.

With objects in components selected on the select switches:

  • Select the bottom track of the panel
  • Right click select assembly
  • Set as main part of assembly.


With the select assemblies selected on the select switches.

  • Right click and inquire
  • The bottom track should be in red color indicating the main part and all other parts in yellow color.

  • Now double click on the panel to open the assembly properties.
  • Give your frame a prefix if needed and a start numberfirst number of a numbering series

    and name the panel.

The panel’s can be copied around to other locations and modified to suit new sizes etc.

Following the guidelines above will give you the correct output or the drawings and the export files.


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Service holes

The service hole plugin places a hole through parts selected between two picked points on a panel. 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. The size in the Tekla Structures should match that of your machine to ensure the model is correct for clash prevention.

To use the service hole plugin:

  • Locate and Double-Click the HowickServiceHole in the component catalog (or hit toolbar button if present)
  • Set the correct setting for the Hole Size.
  • Select the members the service hole will pass through.
  • Click the middle button to stop selecting members
  • Select a start point followed by an end point define the path the hole.

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Other tools

HowickExtraTool

Sometimes Howick machines have extra tools that are not used by the standard Howick plugins.
If you want a non standard tool to punch a member at a specific location you simply need to follow the next steps:

  1. Create a bolt hole at a specific location.
  2. Double click on the HowickExtraTool tool and type the tool name to use for the bolt hole. The centre point of the bolt hole is the location written into the .csv export file.
  3. In the model select the bolt hole you want the tool name to apply to.
  4. Click Modify to assign the tool name to the selected bolt hole.

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.

To use the HowickExtraTool plugin:

  • Locate and run the HowickExtraTool – either on the Howick toolbar or from the macro menu
  • Set the correct Howick Tool Name in the dialog
  • Select the required bolt hole
  • Click modify

Howick Detail

The Howick Detail plugin applies the Howick tools to a single member at the specified location. For example of you wish to add a lipcut to a standalone stud you can use this plugin to insert it.

Howick Floor Cassette

Similar to the frame creator this tool allows creation of rectangular trusses using Howick members and connections.


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Exporting the frames to the Howick Machine

To export the panels parts into a .csv file use the HowickExport macro. The .csv files can be uploaded directly to the Howick Frame machine for production.
Note: The numbering needs to be up to date before the export will create the files

Find and run the HowickExport macro in the macros list (or click the Howick Export toolbar button if created).

The export gives the option to create all the panels or just the selected panels. 

Note: The tool sizes should be adjusted to suit your machine setup.

All files are place in an output folder created automatically.

 


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Examples tested by Howick

Lattice Truss



Roof Truss



Simple Panel



 


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