Rotate objects

Tekla Structures
2024
Tekla Structures

Rotate objects

You can copy or move an object in a model by rotating it around any line you choose. In a drawing, you can copy or move an object by rotating it around a given line on the work plane.

Note:

Positive rotation is according to the right-hand rule (clockwise when looking from the start point of the rotation axis).

Rotate around a line

Use the line option in the Rotate dialog box when you want to copy and rotate, or move and rotate objects around any given line in the model.

  1. Select the objects you want to copy or move.
  2. Activate the rotation command.
    • To copy and rotate, go to the Edit tab and click Copy special > Rotate.

      The Copy - Rotate dialog box opens.

    • To move and rotate, go to the Edit tab and click Move special > Rotate.

      The Move - Rotate dialog box opens.

  3. In the Around list, select line.
  4. Pick the start point of the rotation axis, or enter its coordinates.
  5. Pick the end point of the rotation axis, or enter its coordinates.
  6. If you are copying, enter the number of copies.
  7. If needed, enter the dZ value, which is the difference in position between the original and copied object in the z direction.
  8. Enter the rotation angle.
  9. Click Copy or Move.

    The objects are rotated accordingly.

Rotate around the z axis

Use the Z option in the Rotate dialog box when you want to copy and rotate, or move and rotate objects around the z axis in the model.

  1. Select the objects you want to copy or move. For example:

  2. Activate the rotation command.
    • To copy and rotate, go to the Edit tab and click Copy special > Rotate.

      The Copy - Rotate dialog box opens.

    • To move and rotate, go to the Edit tab and click Move special > Rotate.

      The Move - Rotate dialog box opens.

  3. Select Z in the Around list.
  4. Pick a point to define the rotation axis, or enter its coordinates.

    In the example below, the red cross indicates the picked point.

  5. If you are copying, enter the number of copies.
  6. If needed, enter the dZ value, which is the difference in position between the original and copied object in the z direction.
  7. Enter the rotation angle. For example:

  8. Click Copy or Move.

    The objects are rotated accordingly.

Rotate drawing objects

Use this option when you want to rotate drawing objects on the work plane.

  1. Select the objects you want to copy or move.
  2. Activate the rotation command.
    • To copy and rotate, go to the Drawing tab and click Copy > Rotate.

      The Copy - Rotate dialog box opens.

    • To move and rotate, go to the Drawing tab and click Move > Rotate.

      The Move - Rotate dialog box opens.

  3. Pick a point, or enter its coordinates.
  4. If you are copying, enter the number of copies.
  5. Enter the rotation angle.
  6. Click Copy or Move.

Rotation settings

Use the Copy - Rotate and Move - Rotate dialog boxes to view and modify the settings that are used when you rotate objects in Tekla Structures. The units depend on the settings in File menu > Settings > Options > Units and decimals.

Option

Description

X0

The x and y coordinates of the start point of the rotation axis.

Y0

Origin angle

The angle of the rotation axis when rotating around a line on the work plane.

Number of copies

Define the number of copies created.

dZ

The difference in position between the original and copied object in the z direction.

Rotation angle

The rotation angle between the original and new position.

Around

Define whether the rotation axis is a line on the work plane or in the z direction.

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