Spacer Tool

Last updated April 8, 2020 by Jiri Martinek

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Spacer Tool

It places details with certain spacing rules to concrete walls and slabs.

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Situation More Information

This plugin creates objects of type Beam, Component or Item in X, Y or Z axis on part with spacing you defined.



Pick concrete 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.

or slabplate that represents a concrete structure

In Tekla Structures, a slab is created by picking three or more points.

Slab may be part of a floor, for example.

in Tekla Structures.

Defining properties

This 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.

has two tabs - General and Advanced
Tab Content
General tab - Here you can define what direction you want to create your objects. Define your object type, attribute, spacing, the layout of your objects, input points and much more.
Advanced tab - Here you can define things such as minimum allowed spacing, when opening or cuts should be ignored or distance from reinforcement or embed.

General Tab

Options Description
Creation direction - Has four defining combo boxes.
  1. Creation direction - Defines which direction will objects be created.
  2. Coordinate system - Defines the coordinate system for this plugin. Local X or Y defines the input part X-axis or Y-axis. Global X or Y defines the X-axis or Y-axis in Tekla Structures model.
  3. Assembly - Defines if you want the created objects as a cast unit, material or sub-assembly.
  4. Examine - Defines if you want to examine only the picked part or if the part is in assembly, the entire assembly.
X, Y and Z direction - Here you define parameters for your object.
  1. Object type - It can be either Item, Beam or Component. If you choose Component you can also define inputs for that component by clicking the marked button as shown in the image.
  2. Object name - Define the name of the object either by typing or from the catalog.
  3. Attribute setting - Set attribute standards. The first is for steel and second for concrete. This can not be defined if the Object type is set to component.
  1. Spacing - Here you define the spacing between objects. Target and Exact spacing you need to define distance. And for the Number of parts you need to define the number of parts.
  2. Flexible space - This can be set only if Spacing is set to Exact spacing. This defines which space can be different from the defined value.
  1. Creation layout - Here you define how will the objects create. If they will be split horizontally or vertically or both or not at all. And their distance from edges.
  2. Spacing - Here you define the spacing of split objects. It depends on what you choose in the Creation layout.
  3. The depth and Swap points - Here you define depth with which the objects will be created for top and also for the bottom. And also you can swap points for your objects.

Advanced Tab

Options Description
  1. Minimum allowed spacing - Defines Minimum allowed spacing for your objects.
  2. Spacing - Defines if the Minimal allowed spacing will be equidistant for opening or for the whole panel.
  3. Ignore - You can ignore openings when they are smaller than the defined value, or ignore cuts with specific class or name. You can also define the distance of your objects from opening.
  4. Additional reinforcement or embeds - You can also choose if you want to cut around additional reinforcement or embeds by choosing the appropriate filter and defining the distance.

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by Piotr Puchała

Great tool! Wanted to ask a q though.
When I insert custom component through it I'm getting some kind of error. A cone appears over the element. What may be the reason for this?

by Sakari Lahti

Hi! Thanks for the feedback. The cone is an "error symbol" that tells that something in the definitions can't be done. So please try different distribution settings to figure out what is going wrong. If you can't resolve the problem, please reach to your local Tekla support. Thanks.