Define new Surface Object subtypes
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Question: Where does the “Add Surface To Face” command get its finish types from? Is there another file like product_finishes.dat used to Define new surface treatment subtypes so that we can add our company's standard finishes?
The Add Surface to Face option uses Surface objects (or simply Surfaces).
You can add new options to the Subtype list in the Surface properties by editing the product_finishes.dat file located in :\TeklaStructures\<version>\Environments\usimp\system for versions before 2019, and in :\TeklaStructures\<version>\Environments\USA\common\General\ModelingSettings for 2019 and later.
|Keep in mind that Surface Objects are not the same as Surface Treatments. Surfaces have specific limitations as indicated in the linked article, and are mainly used to enable quick and correct surface area calculations of concrete objects. This video tutorial shows some advantages of using Surfaces|