Add dimensions to plates

Tekla Structures
2021
Tekla Structures

Add dimensions to plates

You can dimension plates using some advanced options in File menu > Settings > Advanced options > Dimensioning: Parts.

Note:

If you have added a path to the dim_planes_table.txt file as a value to the advanced option XS_​PART_​DIMENSION_​PLANES_​TABLE, the settings in dim_planes_table.txt are always used, not the values that you set to the advanced options described below.

To dimension plates using the advanced options:

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Dimension the plates to the edge that is nearest to the neighbor part

Set the advanced option XS_​PART_​POSITION_​TO_​EDGE_​NEAREST_​TO_​NEIGHBOUR to TRUE.

Dimension the plates to the leading edge of the beams

  1. Set the advanced option XS_​USE_​PLATE_​SIDE_​POSITIONING to FALSE.

  2. Set the advanced option XS_​PART_​POSITION_​TO_​EDGE_​NEAREST_​TO_​NEIGHBOUR to FALSE.

  3. Set the advanced option XS_​PART_​POSITION_​TO_​LEADING_​EDGE to TRUE.

Dimension the plates to the leading edge of the columns

  1. Set the advanced option XS_​USE_​PLATE_​SIDE_​POSITIONING to FALSE.

  2. Set the advanced option XS_​PART_​POSITION_​TO_​EDGE_​NEAREST_​TO_​NEIGHBOUR to FALSE.

  3. Set the advanced option XS_​PART_​POSITION_​TO_​LEADING_​EDGE_​IN_​COLUMNS_​ALSO to TRUE.

Dimension the plates to the trailing edge

  1. Set the advanced option XS_​USE_​PLATE_​SIDE_​POSITIONING to FALSE.

  2. Set the advanced option XS_​PART_​POSITION_​TO_​EDGE_​NEAREST_​TO_​NEIGHBOUR to FALSE.

  3. Set the advanced option XS_​PART_​POSITION_​TO_​LEADING_​EDGE to FALSE.

  4. Set the advanced option XS_​PART_​POSITION_​TO_​LEADING_​EDGE_​IN_​COLUMNS_​ALSO to FALSE.

Dimension the plates using their original reference points in the model

  1. Set the advanced option XS_​PART_​POSITION_​TO_​EDGE_​NEAREST_​TO_​NEIGHBOUR to FALSE.

  2. Set the advance option XS_​USE_​PLATE_​SIDE_​POSITIONING to TRUE.

Note: If you have created one plate from left to right and another from right to left, Tekla Structures dimensions them differently.

Below is an example of dimensioning plates to the leading edge.

Below is an example of dimensioning plates to the trailing edge.

In the following two examples, neighbor parts are blue, and the plate creation points are shown.

In the example below, the following values are used:

XS_PART_DIMENSION_PLANES_TABLE= (no value given)

XS_PART_POSITION_TO_EDGE_NEAREST_TO_NEIGHBOR=TRUE

XS_PART_POSITION_TO_LEADING_EDGE=FALSE

XS_PART_POSITION_TO_LEADING_EDGE_IN_COLUMNS_ALSO=FALSE

XS_USE_PLATE_SIDE_POSITIONING=FALSE

In the example below, the following values are used:

XS_PART_DIMENSION_PLANES_TABLE= (no value given)

XS_PART_POSITION_TO_EDGE_NEAREST_TO_NEIGHBOR=FALSE

XS_PART_POSITION_TO_LEADING_EDGE=FALSE

XS_PART_POSITION_TO_LEADING_EDGE_IN_COLUMNS_ALSO=FALSE

XS_USE_PLATE_SIDE_POSITIONING=TRUE

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