Plane types

Tekla Structures
2021
Tekla Structures

Plane types

When you add distance variables to a custom component, or to a model, you must select a plane type. The plane type defines what planes you can select.

You have the following options on the Custom component editor toolbar:

For more information, see Add variables to a custom component.

Plane type

Description

Example

Boundary planes

You can select the edges of a bounding box that surrounds the profile.

Center planes

You can select the center planes of a profile.

Outline planes

You can select the outer and inner surfaces of a profile.

Cut planes

If the part contains line, part, or polygon cuts, this option enables you to select cut surfaces. Fittings cannot be selected.

Component planes

What you can select depends on the component type and the Position type of the custom component.

Tip:

When you create distance variables in a model and bind model object reference points to different planes, select the plane type from the third list on the Snapping toolbar. Most of the plane type options there are the same as above, but Grid planes is available instead of Component planes.

Examples of component planes

See below for examples of possible component planes. What you can select depends on the component type and the Position type of the custom component.

Part component planes

Connection component planes

Detail component planes

Seam component planes

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