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Welding tools

Last updated September 28, 2016 by Steel Extensions tekla.extensions-steel@trimble.com

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Welding tools

Contents

Purpose and description
System Requirements
Installing Welding tools
Using Welding tools - universal example
Modeling
Edit primary properties
Edit secondary properties
Switch main to secondary
Group weld
Ungroup weld
Join welds
Split welds
Extend weld
Edit vertex
Copy weld properties
Explode weld
 

Purpose and description

Use this extended application to model, edit, group, ungroup, split and explodeto ungroup the objects that are parts of another object or a component

In Tekla Structures, it is possible to explode components, cast units, assemblies, bent plates, parts that have attached parts, and drawing shapes and plug-ins.

The exploded objects cannot be reverted back to the original group.

polygon welds between columns, beams and plates.

System requirements

Tekla Structures version: Not version specific
Environments:   All

Installing Welding tools

To install Welding Tools:

  1. Download the Welding tools installer package from Tekla Warehouse. For more information see Downloading an application from Tekla Warehouse.
  2. Install the file package.

Using Welding tools

To use the Welding tools:

  1. Open a Tekla model.
  2. Click the Applications & components button  in the side pane to open the Applications & components cataloguser interface for displaying or modifying information in categorized lists

    For example, profile catalog and shape catalog are catalogs.

    .
  3. Search for Welding tools


Modeling

  1. Purpose and description

Use this extended application to create welds.

  1. Usage

To use Modeling tool:

  1. In the Applications & components catalog search for Modeling  and then double-click to open it.
  2. Enter properties, tail information and parameters.

  1. Click Create.
  2. Select the primary part(s) in the model, and click the middle mouse button to finish the command.
  3. Select 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.

    (s) in the model, and click the middle mouse button to finish the command.

  1. Application properties

    1. Properties tab

  • Above line and Below line have the same properties.
    Property Description Default
    Prefix Define the prefix of the weld. None
    Size Define the size of the weld. Above line = 6 mm
    Below line = 0 mm
    Type Define the type of the weld. Fillet weld
    Angle Define the angle between the weld type symbol and the fill type contour symbol. 0 deg
    Contour Define the fill type contour of a weld: flush, convex or concave. None
    Finish Define the finish of the weld. None
    Root face Define the height of the narrowest part inside the root opening. 0 mm
    Effective throat Define the weld size used in weld strength calculation. 0 mm
    Root opening Define the space between the welded parts. 0 mm
  • Common attributes
    Property Description Default
    Edge/Around Define whether the weld is only on one edge or all around.
    • If the All Around option is selected, the entire welds between the selected parts are created.

    Note: If this option is selected, and multiple primaries/secondaries parts are selected, only those primary/secondary part combinations become around-welded which don’t have any edge-weld segments joining them already.
    Note: More options for selecting welds are available in the Parameters tab.

    • If the Edge option is selected, the selection of  the weld that you want to keep is made by scrolling and clicking the middle mouse button to finish the command.
      1. Select the primary and secondary parts as described in the Usage paragraph.
      2. Select the start and end points of the weld that you want to create.

    1. Scroll between the two welds.
    2. At first, the shown weld is the shortest weld created between the two selected points.

    1. By scrolling, you can switch between the two welds.

    1. Click the middle mouse button, when  the desired weld is selected, to finish the command.

    Note: The options for selecting welds are not available in the Parameters tab.

    All around
    Workshop/Site Define where weld is to be made. Workshop
    Connect part/assembly  Indicate whether you are welding a secondary part or a sub-assembly. As secondary part.
    Placement Define the placement of the weld.
    The options are:
    • Auto
    • Main part
    • Secondary part
    Secondary part
    User-defined attributes Use to define UDA’s.  
    Shape Define the weld shape.
    The options are:
    • - Continuous
    • - Intermittent
    • - Staggered
    Continuous
    # of incr. Define the number of weld increments. 0
    Length Define the length of the weld. 0
    Pitch Define the pitch of the weld. 0
    Create Use to create new welds.  
    Apply Use to save the current fields values to the file with the ‘Modeling.APPLY’ extension in the model folder.  
    Clear Use to load the default fields values and also deletes the file created when pressing Apply.  
    Cancel Use to exit the program without loading default settings.  
  • User-define attributes
    Property Description
    Weld comment Use to comment in weld marks in drawings, or in projects.
    Weld User Field 1…8 Use to change the names of these fields and add new user-defined fields name.
    Locked Use to protect welds from being accidentally changed.
    OK Use to close and retain the values until you close application.
    Apply Use to save the current field values file with the ‘Modeling.More.APPLY’ extension in the model folder.
    Clear Use to clear the load the default setting and also deletes the file created when pressing Apply.
    Cancel Use to exit the UDA dialog window without loading default settings.
  1. Tail information tab
    Property Description Default
    NDT inspection level Define the inspection level of the weld. None
    Electrode classification Define the type of electrode used for weld. None
    Electrode strength Define the strength of the electrode. 0
    Electrode coefficient Define the coefficient of the electrode. 0
    Welding process type Define the process type.  
    Reference text Additional text for the weld symbol. None
  1. Parameters tab
    Property Description Default
    Max welding distance The maximum welding distance.
    Note: Do not modify this field.
    3 mm
    Create logical weld Define whether the created welds are grouped into logical welds or not. Yes
    Pick welds to keep
    • Keep all: All the created welds are kept.
    • Select welds to keep: Select which welds you want to keep.

    To select welds to keep:

    1. Select the primary and secondary parts as described in the Usage paragraph.
    2. Select the welds that you want to keep by selecting each weld or by using area selection. Click the middle mouse button to finish the command.

    This option activates the Pick welds segment to keep field.

    Keep all
    Pick welds segments to keep The Pick welds segments to keep field becomes active when you go to the Pick welds to keep field and select Select welds to keep.
    • Keep entire welds: All the previously selected welds remain unmodified.
    • Select segments points: Allows you to keep only segments of the previously selected welds.

    To select segment points:

    1. Select the primary and secondary parts, and select the welds as described in the Pick welds to keep field.
    2. The first weld to be edited becomes highlighted.

    1. Select the weld segment start point on the highlighted weld.
    2. Select the weld segment end point on the highlighted weld.
    3. Select a point on the weld that defines the weld segment you want to keep. The current weld is modified and the next weld becomes highlighted.

    1. Repeat steps c), d) and e) for all the previously selected welds.
    2. The resulting welds look like this:

    Keep entire welds
    Remove inside welds for pipes
    • No: All welds created between tubes and other parts remain unmodified.

    • Yes: The welds created inside the tubes are removed.

    Yes

Edit primary properties

  1. Purpose and description

Use this extended application to edit the primary properties of the selected weld(s). If the selected weld is part of a logical weld, all the welds in the logical weld have the primary properties modified.

  1. Usage

To use Edit primary properties tool:

  1. In the Applications & components catalog search for Edit primary properties and then double-click to open it.
  2. Optional: Enter the properties and tail information.

  1. If you want to populate the fields with the properties of an existing weld, select the weld in the model and click Get.
  2. If you want to apply the values to other welds, select the welds (single welds or part of logical welds) in the model and click Modify.
  3. Click Apply to save the current values of the dialog box
  1. Application properties

    1. Properties tab

  • Above line and Below line have the same properties.
    Property Description Default
    Prefix Define the prefix of the weld. None
    Size Define the size of the weld. Above line = 6 mm
    Below line = 0 mm
    Type Define the type of the weld. Fillet weld
    Angle Define the angle between the weld type symbol and the fill type contour symbol. 0 deg
    Contour Define the fill type contour of a weld: flush, convex or concave. None
    Finish Define the finish of the weld. None
    Root face Define the height of the narrowest part inside the root opening. 0 mm
    Effective throat Define the weld size used in weld strength calculation. 0 mm
    Root opening Define the space between the welded parts. 0 mm
  • Common attributes
    Property Description Default
    Edge/Around Define whether the weld is only on one edge or all around.
    • If the All Around option is selected the entire welds between the selected parts are created.

    Note: If this option is selected, and multiple primaries/secondaries parts are selected, only those primary/secondary part combinations become around-welded which don’t have any edge-weld segments joining them already.
    Note: More options for selecting welds are available in the Parameters tab.

    • If the Edge option is selected, the selection of  the weld that you want to keep is made by scrolling and clicking the middle mouse button to finish the command.
      1. Select the primary and secondary parts as described in the Usage paragraph.
      2. Select the start and end points of the weld that you want to create.

    1. Scroll between the two welds.
    2. At first, the shown weld is the shortest weld created between the two selected points.

    1. By scrolling, you can switch between the two welds.

    1. Click the middle mouse button, when  the desired weld is selected, to finish the command.

    Note: The options for selecting welds are not available in the Parameters tab.

    All around
    Workshop/Site Define where weld is to be made. Workshop
    Connect part/assembly  Indicate whether you are welding a secondary part or a sub-assembly. As secondary part.
    Placement Define the placement of the weld.
    The options are:
    • Auto
    • Main part
    • Secondary part
    Secondary part
    User-defined attributes Use to define UDA’s.  
    Shape Define the weld shape.
    The options are:
    • - Continuous
    • - Intermittent
    • - Staggered
    Continuous
    # of incr. Define the number of weld increments. 0
    Length Define the length of the weld. 0
    Pitch Define the pitch of the weld. 0
    Create Use to create new welds.  
    Apply Use to save the current fields values to the file with the ‘Modeling.APPLY’ extension in the model folder.  
    Clear Use to load the default fields values and also deletes the file created when pressing Apply.  
    Cancel Use to exit the program without loading default settings.  
  • User-define attributes
    Property Description
    Weld comment Use to comment in weld marks in drawings, or in projects.
    Weld User Field 1…8 Use to change the names of these fields and add new user-defined fields name.
    Locked Use to protect welds from being accidentally changed.
    OK Use to close and retain the values until you close application.
    Apply Use to save the current field values file with the ‘Modeling.More.APPLY’ extension in the model folder.
    Clear Use to clear the load the default setting and also deletes the file created when pressing Apply.
    Cancel Use to exit the UDA dialog window without loading default settings.
  1. Tail information tab
    Property Description Default
    NDT inspection level Define the inspection level of the weld. None
    Electrode classification Define the type of electrode used for weld. None
    Electrode strength Define the strength of the electrode. 0
    Electrode coefficient Define the coefficient of the electrode. 0
    Welding process type Define the process type.  
    Reference text Additional text for the weld symbol. None

Edit secondary properties

  1. Purpose and description

Use this extended application to edit the secondary properties of the selected welds. The secondary properties can be modified independently for each weld inside a logical weld or for single welds.

  1. Usage

To use Edit secondary properties tool:

  1. In the Applications & components catalog search for Edit secondary properties and then double-click to open it.
  2. Optional: Enter the properties.

  1. If you want to populate the fields with the properties of an existing weld, select the weld in the model and click Get.
  2. If you want to apply the values to other welds, select the welds (single welds or part of logical welds) in the model and click Modify.
  3. Click Apply to save the current values of the dialog box
  1. Application properties

    Property Description Default
    Connect part/assembly Indicate whether you are welding a secondary part or a sub-assembly. As secondary part.
    NDT inspection level Define the inspection level of the weld. None

Switch main to secondary

  1. Purpose and description

Use this extended application to switch 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.

to a secondary part and vice versa. This tool does not work on welds which are part of a logical weld.

  1. Usage

To use Switch main to secondary tool:

  1. In the Applications & components catalog search for Switch main to secondary and then double-click to start the picker.
  2. Select the welds whose main part you want to switch to a secondary part.
  3. Click the middle mouse button to end the selection
  1. Additional information

  • If you try to modify welds that are part of logical welds, the status bar prompts the following error message: Some picked welds are part of logical welds, and the command is interrupted.

Group welds

  1. Purpose and description

Use this extended application to group welds with the same primary properties and with the same secondary part into logical welds.

  1. Usage

To use Group welds tool:

  1. In the Applications & components catalog search for Group welds and then double-click to start the picker.
  2. To select the welds in the model
    • Select each weld; or
    • Use area selectionmethod of selecting objects that are included in a certain rectangular area of a model

      In addition to the selected area, selection switches and selection filters control which object types are selected.

      by dragging the mouse. Click the middle mouse button to end the selection.
  3. Welds with the same primary properties and the same secondary part are grouped into logical welds.
  1. Additional information

  • If you try to group welds which have different primary properties but the same secondary part, the following warning is displayed: Some welds were not grouped because they had different primary properties.

Ungroup welds

  1. Purpose and description

Use this extended application to ungroup logical welds into single welds.

  1. Usage

To use Ungroup welds tool:

  1. In the Applications & components catalog search for Ungroup welds and then double-click to start the picker.
  2. To select the welds in the model:
    • Select each weld; or
    • Use area selection by dragging the mouse. Click the middle mouse button to end the selection.
  3. If a weld within the selection is part of a logical weld, the entire logical weld is ungrouped.

Join welds

  1. Purpose and description

Use this extended application to join several polygon welds into a single weld. This tool does not work on welds which are part of a logical weld.

  1. Usage

To use Join welds tool:

  1. In the Applications & components catalog search for Join welds  and then double-click to start the picker.
  2. Select welds that have the same primary and secondary parts. To select the welds:
    • Select each weld; or
    • Use area selection by dragging the mouse. End selection with the middle mouse button.
  3. The tool searches for consecutive welds and joins them together if they have a common point. For example, you can join three welds into one.
  4. The resulting weld has the same weld number as the first weld of the consecutive welds
  1. Additional information

  • If any of the welds that are selected to be joined has user-modified length then the result weld length is a sum of all weld user-inputted lengths. Otherwise, the length is equal to the sum of actual polygons of the joined welds.
  • If you try to join welds that have different properties, a dialog box will ask you to override them with the properties of the first selected weld.
  • If you try to join welds that have the same primary and secondary parts but no common point, the following warning message is displayed: Some welds could not be joined.
  • If you try to modify welds that are part of logical welds, the status bar prompts the following error message: Some picked welds are part of logical welds, and the command is interrupted.

Split welds

  1. Purpose and description

    Use this extended application to split one weld in two welds. This tool does not work on a weld which is part of a logical weld.

  2. Usage

To use Split welds tool:

  1. In the Applications & components catalog search for Split welds  and then double-click to start the picker.
  2. Select the weld you want to split. The selected weld is highlighted.
  3. Pick a point on the weld segments of the selected weld.
  4. The selected weld is split into two welds.
  1. Additional information

  • If the selected weld has user-modified length then the resulting welds will have the same length as the initial user-modified one. Otherwise, the split welds will have the actual polygon length.
  • If you try to modify welds that are part of logical welds, the status bar prompts the following error message: Some picked welds are part of logical welds, and the command is interrupted.

Extend welds

  1. Purpose and description

    Use this extended application to extend existing welds. This tool does not work on a weld which is part of a logical weld.

  2. Usage

To use Extend welds tool:

  1. In the Applications & components catalog search for Extend welds and then double-click to start the picker.
  2. Select the weld that you want to extend.
  3. Select the start or end point of the weld.
  4. Select:
    • one point that you want to add to the weld. Click the same point again to end the selection;
    • two or more points that you want to add to the weld. Click the middle mouse button to end the selection.
  1. Additional information

  • If you try to modify welds that are part of logical welds, the status bar prompts the following error message: Some picked welds are part of logical welds, and the command is interrupted.

Edit vertex

  1. Purpose and description

    Use this extended application to edit weld polygon vertexes. This tool does not work on a weld which is part of a logical weld.

  2. Usage

To use Edit vertex tool:

  1. In the Applications & components catalog search for Edit vertex and then double-click to start the picker.
  2. Select the weld that you want to edit.
    • You can pick the points in the same way as with the Modify Polygon Shape.

Copy weld properties

  1. Purpose and description

    Use this extended application to copy properties from one weld to another. This tool does not work on welds which are part of a logical weld.

  2. Usage

To use Copy weld properties tool:

  1. In the Applications & components catalog search for Copy weld properties  and then double-click to start the picker.
  2. In the model, select the weld you want to copy properties from.
  3. Select welds you want to copy properties to, by picking each one or by using multiple selection by dragging the mouse and press middle mouse button to end.
  4. The properties of the first selected weld will be applied to the other selected welds.

Explode weld

  1. Purpose and description

    Use this extended application to explode a polygon weld into its segments.

  2. Usage

To use Explode weld tool:

  1. Select the polygon weld you want to explode. The selected weld is highlighted.
  2. In the Applications & components catalog search for Explode weld and then double-click to activate it.
  3. The selected weld is exploded into its segments. The tool modifies the original weld to be only between the first two points and create new welds for the rest of the segments. The new welds copy the attributes from the original polygon weld.

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