Bind component objects using magnetic construction planes or lines

Tekla Structures
2021
Tekla Structures

Bind component objects using magnetic construction planes or lines

Instead of binding each component object handle to a plane separately, you can use magnetic construction planes and lines. The objects that are directly on a magnetic construction plane (or line) will move with the plane (or line), which means you only need to create one distance variable instead of 8, for example.

Bind handles using a magnetic construction plane

  1. In the custom component editor, click the Add construction plane button .
  2. Pick four points to define the shape of the construction plane.

    For example, create a plane that goes through all the handles and chamfers of the custom component.

  3. Click the middle mouse button.

    Tekla Structures creates a construction plane. For example:

  4. Double-click the plane.

    The plane properties are shown in the property pane.

  5. Enter a name for the plane.
  6. In the Magnetic list, select Yes.
  7. Click Modify.

    Now when you move the construction plane, all handles that are on the plane are moved as well:

  8. Bind the construction plane to a part face:
    1. Select the construction plane, right-click and select Bind to Plane.
    2. Select a suitable part face.

      For example, the inner flange of the column:

      Tekla Structures displays a distance symbol for the binding. Now if you move the part face, the handles on the magnetic construction plane will follow.

    Note:

    Only the objects whose reference points are directly on the magnetic construction plane are affected. By default, the magnetic distance is 0.2 mm. To change this setting, use the advanced option XS_​MAGNETIC_​PLANE_​OFFSET.

Bind handles using a magnetic construction line

  1. In the custom component editor, click the Add construction line button .
  2. Pick the starting point of the construction line.
  3. Pick the end point of the construction line.

    Tekla Structures creates a construction line.

  4. Double-click the line.

    The line properties are shown in the property pane.

  5. Enter a name for the line.
  6. In the Magnetic list, select Yes.
  7. Click Modify.

    Now when you move the construction line, all handles that are on the line are moved as well.

  8. Bind the construction line to a part face:
    1. Select the construction line, right-click and select Bind to Plane.
    2. Select a suitable part face.

      Tekla Structures displays a distance symbol for the binding. Now if you move the part face, the handles on the magnetic construction line will follow.

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