New plate type for bent plates: stand-alone bent plate

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New plate type for bent plates: stand-alone bent plate

You can now create stand-alone bent plates that do not require any input parts. Use stand-alone bent plates to model both cylindrical and conical parts, such as hoods, hoppers, cones, and so on.

Before you start to create stand-alone bent plates, ensure thatDirect modification is switched on.

  1. On the Steel tab, click Plate > Create stand-alone bent plate .
  2. Define the first radius of the bend:
    1. Pick the center point.
    2. Pick the start point for the arc.
    3. Pick the end point for the arc.

    The picking order defines the up direction. For example, if you create an arc on the xy plane in the counterclockwise direction, the up direction points to the positive z axis, according to the right-hand rule.

  3. Pick a point to define the height of the bend.

    Alternatively, you can enter the height in the bent plate contextual toolbar.

  4. Define the second radius of the bend:
    1. Pick a point based on the preview of the plate.
    2. If you want to change the direction of the plate after you have picked a point, click the left mouse button.

      Alternatively, if you want to create a cylindrical bend, click the middle mouse button. In this case radius1=radius2.

  5. To complete the bent plate creation, click the middle mouse button.

Modify the shape of a stand-alone bent plate

Use direct modification dimension values and handles to modify the bent plate shape.

  • You can change the angle, radiuses and height of the bend by entering new dimension values.

  • You can drag and stretch the edges of the bent plate.

  • You can add and delete intermediate points.

  • You can create unfolded drawings of the stand-alone bent plates.


  • Tekla Structures does not support full 360 degree stand-alone bent plates. However, you can create 359 degree plates instead.
  • Use the local coordinate system in drawing creation.
  • Unfolded drawings of less than 180 degree conical bent plates work correctly. However, with more than 180 degree conical bent plates there might be some unexpected results in the drawing creation.
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