Create single-part, assembly, or cast unit drawings

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Tekla Structures

Create single-part, assembly, or cast unit drawings

When you create single-part, assembly or cast-unit drawings, remember to load the closest possible predefined properties in the drawing properties first, then modify the properties if needed, and then create the drawing. Your environment contains some predefined properties and there are also some in the default environment.

For cast unit drawings, ensure that you are using the correct cast unit type, because some functionalities, for example numbering, are based on the cast unit type. Cast units have the cast unit type part property setting in the model - they are set either Cast in place or Precast. In the Cast in Place configuration, you can create cast unit drawings of cast-in-place cast units only.

To create drawings:

  1. On the Drawings & reports tab, click Drawing properties and select the drawing type.
  2. In the drawing properties dialog box, load the appropriate predefined drawing properties (saved settings).

    Always load predefined properties when you are creating a drawing. When you need to modify drawing properties, save the changes to a new properties file for future use.

    Ensure that for cast unit drawings, you use a property file that contains the desired Cast unit definition method:

    • By cast unit position: A drawing will be created from each cast unit. If there are identical cast units, one of them will serve as the base cast unit for the drawing. This is the most common method for creating cast unit drawings.

    • By cast unit ID: Each part in the model includes a unique GUID. You can create drawings by using cast unit GUIDs. The GUID determines the marking of the drawing. You can create several drawings from identical cast units.

  3. Click View creation in the options tree on the left and do the following:
  4. Select the view and the properties that you want to change, click View properties, and modify the view properties including view, building object, dimensioning and mark settings and apply detailed object-level settings.
  5. Click Save to save the view properties.
  6. Click Close to return to drawing properties.
  7. Save the drawing properties you loaded earlier.
  8. Click Apply or OK.
  9. Select the objects, or use an appropriate selection filter to select the objects you want to create drawings from and select the entire model.

    Activate only the Select parts switch on the Selecting toolbar when selecting parts. Otherwise selection could take a long time in large models.

  10. Do one of the following:
    • On the Drawings & reports tab, click Create drawings and select the drawing type.

    • If you selected individual objects, you can right-click and select the appropriate drawing creation command. The available commands depend on the type of objects you have selected in the model.

    • If you selected individual objects, you can also create drawings by clicking the Open or create drawings button in the contextual toolbar, and selecting Create single-part drawing, Create assembly drawing, or Create cast unit drawing. The available commands depend on the type of objects you have selected in the model. Note that you cannot create GA drawings from the contextual toolbar.

  11. Number the model if you are prompted to do so.

Tekla Structures creates the drawings. The created drawings are listed in the Document manager. If you already have a drawing with the same type and mark, Tekla Structures will not create a new one.


To automatically open any drawing after the drawing has been created, hold down Ctrl+Shift while you create the drawing.

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