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Adding specialty bolts to the bolt catalog.

To add specialty bolts to the cataloguser interface for displaying or modifying information in categorized listsFor example, profile catalog and shape catalog are catalogs., such as Hilti Kwik bolts follow these steps.Open up the Bolt Catalogcatalog that displays objects that can be used in a bolt assembly catalogObjects in the bolt catalog are bolt elements, for example, bolts of different sizes and lengths, washers, and nuts.: Detailing > Bolts > Bolt Catalog.1. To make things easier, find an existing bolt of a similar size to the bolt you want to add. Highlight it to fill in the
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Two Columns with the Same Base Plate

This tutorial shows a way to create a single base platecomponent object that represents a plate welded to a column baseBase plates are used to distribute the concentrated load of the column over a wider area. attached to two columns. Although this situation is rare and the example is extreme, the steps shown here will help guide you whenever you encounter a similar situation.Step 1: Apply a base plate(1) part that represents a flat structure(1) In some contexts, for example in analysis, the term plate object may be used to refer to plates.(2) plate that represents a steel structure(2) Plate
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Re-scaling when printing

Question:Is there a way to overwrite the line scaling featurepart of Tekla Structures functionality that is maintained and owned by Trimble Solutions and that is included in the Tekla Structures installation when printing an A1 drawing to A3 or A4 size? The line weights are too thin and faint after the size reduction.Answer:There is an advanced option, XS_BASE_LINE_WIDTH which can be used for scaling all line weights. You can set the variable before printing the drawing what you want to scale from A1 to A3 and then set it back. Restarting TS is not needed.Another option is to define printer
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In Custom Component 102 the length of the part is extended

Question:In Custom Componentcomponent that the user creates and uses for creating model objects whose composition the user can modify as a group 102 the length of the part is extended on the drawing for no reason. How could I avoid it?Answer:This is intended hidden featurepart of Tekla Structures functionality that is maintained and owned by Trimble Solutions and that is included in the Tekla Structures installation for haunchcomponent object that represents a wedge-like structure that strengthens a beam at its end plates. Dimensioning in single part drawings is different for those parts,
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Problem with the computer memory

Question:What should I check when I think there is problem with the computer memory? Answer:Here is a check list of memory problems: RAMPlease check if you already have all the RAM available in use (4 GB in 32-bit system and 8 – 128 GB in 64-bit system). If not, you may want to consider buying more. 3 GB switchIn 32-bit OS it is possible to turn on so called 3 GB switch, which allows the applicationpart of Tekla Structures functionality that is developed in order to extend the capability of Tekla Structures but that is not included in the Tekla Structures installation to use more memory. As
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Memory allocation by enabling the 3GB switch on Windows Vista

Question:We would like to allocate memory to Tekla Structures 14.1 using the 3 GB switch. This switch is described in the hardware recommendation. How does this work for Windows Vista 32 bit 4 Gb, and Vista 64 bit 8 Gb?Answer:In 32-bit Vista this is how you do it:To enable the 3GB switch on Windows Vista1. Go to Start > All Programs > Accessories > Right-click Command Prompt > Run as Administrator.2. In the Command prompt, enter bcdedit /set IncreaseUserVa 30723. Restart the computer.To turn off the 3GB switch in Vista1. Go to Start > All Programs > Accessories > Right-
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Slow Tekla Structures start up

Question:Tekla Structures starts very slowly. How can I make it faster?Answer:You could try the following things to help your Tekla Structures to speed up more:1. Replace the server hostname with IP address in tekla.lic and in TS Connect to License Server dialog. This helps if you happen to have delay in your name services.2. Check that there is a free TCP/IP port defined in the end of the first row of tekla.lic. Check that the port is also defined in the Connect to License Server dialog and/or in user.ini/.bat. This way we can close out the delays that may be caused by the port searching
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Drawing title in multidrawings

Question:How can I change the title or the format of the title of an assembly drawingdrawing that shows fabrication information for a basic or a nested assembly, including bolts and welds, and that is generally used at the workshopAssembly drawings show how parts are located in an assembly. They contain the parts of the assembly presented in one or more views. view in a multi-drawing?Answer:You can define the title by changing the variable: XS_ASSEMBLY_DRAWING_VIEW_TITLE.If you want to use correct settings when creating the multi-drawing you need to do the following:1) open any drawing,2)
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Order of Drawing UDAs in objects.inp, Drawing list and UDA dialog

Question:We have found that the order that Drawing User Defined Attributes are displayed in the Drawing Listlist of drawings that provides information about the drawings in a particular model and that is used for searching, managing, and printing the drawingsIn the drawing list, the user can, for example, search, open, update, freeze, lock, and delete drawings. The drawing list can also be used to display the associations between the drawings and the parts in the model.Drawing list is used in Tekla Structures until version 2018. See document manager. dialog is the invert of how they appear
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Creating Custom Section Arrows in a special format

Question:We want to create Custom Section Arrows in a special format. Is it possible to achieve exactly what is on the picture?Answer:You have to create new section markuser-created symbol that includes a set of mark elements, identifies a section, and is displayed in the source view symbol with SymEdtool in Tekla Structures that is used for creating and modifying symbols to be used in drawings, reports, and templatesThe symbols are saved in symbol files. . By default section mark symbols are on symbol filefile that contains symbolsThe symbol file in use can be changed in the symbol files
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Cannot load selected drawing

Question:I am trying to open a General Arrangement drawingdrawing that is created from one or more model views and that shows information needed to understand the general arrangement of structural elements on a projectGeneral arrangement drawings show how parts, assemblies, cast units, or pour objects are located in a building. but when I select it to be opened I receive a message:Cannot load selected drawing. What is the problem? Answer:This problem is not specific to General Arrangement drawings, it can happen to any drawing type. There may be several reasons for this error message, some
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The construction circles are not always visible

Question:The construction circles are not always visible in all views. How can I make them visible?Answer:In the view where the construction circleconstruction object that represents a circle is not displayed, you need to:- Fit work areacertain portion of the model that is currently active for working on in a viewTekla Structures indicates the work area using dashed lines. Since objects outside the work area exist but are not visible the user can set a certain sized work area so that the views of the model are simpler and quickly updated, for example. to entire model- Change view
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Problem with select handles with ALT-key down

Question:I’m not able to select handles with the ALT-key down. What is the problem?Answer:You need to swich off the crossing selection (in Tools>Options>Crossing selection) and then the ALT-selection works for handles.
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Clash check does not start

Question:Tekla Structures has problem starting the clash-check, and it gives this errors message.Answer:This is because some other software (for example IFCfile format commonly used in BIM that facilitates software interoperabilityIFC is an open specification developed by the IAI (International Alliance for Interoperability).Model can be exported into an IFC file. Viewer) has installed an older version of TKernel.dll to the Windows/System32-folder. Tekla Structures uses newer version of that dll.You should either move that .dll to the same folder where e.g. the IFCViewer .exe is, or
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No warning about expiring licenses

Question:I have a combination of permanent and temporary license entitlements, and it happens that there is no warning when license expiring within one month.Answer:The expiry warning message appears only when you take the expiring license into use. Probably there are several permanent licenses (that have been activated first) and some temporary licenses that have been activated after the permanent ones.When somebody starts TS, the system will first take the license which was activated at first. So if the company has let's say 10 permanent and 2 temporary licenses, all 10 licenses must be in
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Importing steel model into a concrete model

Question:I have a steel model made with Tekla Structures and I want to import it into my own concrete model. I want to maximize information that is imported.Answer:Copy from another model functionality copies the TS objects as TS objects.In TS menu go to Edit > Copy special > From another Model. You can choose there the model to import.Please note that Copy from another model doesn’t copy for example the attributes, custom components nor the grids, you need to copy the attribute files manually.
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Exporting DWF-files from Tekla?

Question:Is it possible to export DWF-files from Tekla? Answer:You can print from Tekla Structures directly to DWF using the DWF writer (which is a printer driver) – when talking about 2D drawing export.The Autodesk DWF Writer you get from Autodesk website.  Another option is to export DWG file from Tekla Structures and then use some converter to create DWF from the DWG file. There should be some free convertors available in the Internet.Design Web Format (DWF) is a secure file format developed by Autodesk for the efficient distribution and communication of rich design data to anyone who
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Changing reference model appearance

Question:Is it possible to turn off only the highlighting of a reference modelmodel which the designer can use as an aid when building another modelA reference model is created in Tekla Structures or in other software and can be inserted to Tekla Structures. The reference model appears together with the model but it is not modified by Tekla Structures. The user can snap to reference model points.For example, an architectural model, a plant design model, or a heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning (HVAC) model can be a reference model. in the model viewview that is represented in the
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Converting Tekla Structures model to Autodesk Inventor

Question:What is the best way for converting Tekla Structures model to Autodesk Inventor? Answer:Tekla Structures model cannot be exported to Autodesk Inventor directly. At the moment the Tekla STEP IGES converter is the only available free of charge tool for Tekla Structures users to get a STEP or IGES file of a model. There are some limitations: for instance the size of models/files will be rather big and that's causing problems with Mechanical CAD applicationpart of Tekla Structures functionality that is developed in order to extend the capability of Tekla Structures but that is not
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Numbering update of copied reinforcement bars

Question:Sometimes reinforcement bars that are copied from one part to the other do not get updated numbers. Why does this happen?Answer:This could happen if someone creates conceptual re-bars with incorrect configuration, e.g. using Steel Detailing configuration in a concrete project.One way to get the rebar numbered is: right-clicking on the rebar (the copy), choose “convert to detailed reinforcement” and it can then be numbered.
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