Freeze drawings

Tekla Structures
2024
Tekla Structures

Freeze drawings

You can select whether to allow Tekla Structures to update all associative objects on top of the drawing views. The geometry of the model is always updated, but freezing is used to stop the drawing intelligence (associativity) of drawing objects on top of the model views, and prevent them from being updated. For example, parts are updated, but dimensions, marks, views, and drawing shapes are not. Use freezing only to avoid changes in drawings while updates are made in the model, not just for noting that the drawing has been edited. You can freeze/unfreeze several drawings at a time.

How freezing affects drawings

Freezing affects drawings in the following way:

  • The associativity does not disappear from a frozen drawing. When you unfreeze the drawing, the associativity works again.

  • Freezing does not have any effect on the cloning result. If you edit the drawing, it does not matter whether you freeze the drawing before or after editing it.

  • If a drawing is frozen, the associative drawing objects are not updated when the drawing is updated. This means that the dimensions and views are not updated, and the marks do not follow the parts if the parts have been moved.

  • If a drawing is frozen, and the part changes in the model, the geometry of the part is updated in the frozen drawing when the drawing is updated.

  • Unfreezing the drawing before cloning does not have any effect on the cloning result. This means, for example, that it does not matter whether you keep the drawing frozen all the time or temporarily unfreeze it before cloning.

  • If you unfreeze a drawing before update, the drawing is updated normally.

Freeze general arrangement drawings

  1. If you have the GA drawing open, close it without saving it.
  2. In Document manager, select the drawing you want to freeze.
  3. Ensure that the edit switch is active.
  4. Click the Freeze column next to the drawing you selected.

    You can also select this command from the context menu, or click the Freeze button at the top. When you do this, you can freeze several drawings at a time.

  5. When freezing is no longer necessary, select the frozen drawings and click the Freeze column again, or click the Unfreeze button at the top.

Freeze single-part, cast unit and assembly drawings

  1. Save the model.
  2. Open a drawing.
  3. If the drawing does not look the way you want, close it without saving it.
  4. Reopen the model. Do not save it.
  5. In the Document manager, select the drawing you want to freeze.
  6. Click the Freeze column next to the drawing you selected.

    You can also select this command from the context menu, or click the Freeze button at the top. When you do this, you can freeze several drawings at a time.

  7. Open the drawing.
  8. When freezing is no longer necessary, select the frozen drawing and click the Freeze column again, or click the Unfreeze button at the top.
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