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Automatic part and neighbor part settings in drawings
Setting automatic grid properties
You can modify drawing grid properties of single-part, assembly and cast unit drawings
individually for each view. In general arrangement drawings, you can modify the grid
properties on both view and drawing level. You can also modify individual grid properties of
in an open drawing.
Adding or removing grid lines in the model may cause unwanted changes in
general arrangement drawings in some cases. You should avoid modifying grids
after the general arrangement drawings are created.
To set automatic grid properties:
1. Click Drawings & Reports --> Drawing Settings and select the drawing type.
2. Load the properties that you want to change.
3. Single-part, assembly and cast unit drawings:Click View creation, select the view and
the properties that you want to change, and click View properties.
4. Click Grid.
5. Modify the grid properties as required.
6. Single-part, assembly and cast unit drawings: Click Save to save the view properties.
7. Click OK.
8. Click Save to save the drawing properties, then click OK and create the drawing.
The advanced options XS_DRAWING_GRID_LABEL_FRAME_FIXED_WIDTH and
XS_DRAWING_GRID_LABEL_FRAME_LINE_WIDTH_FACTOR allow you to adjust
the grid labels further.
See also Automatic grid settings in drawings on page 491
Drawing grid properties on page 589
XS_DRAWING_GRID_LABEL_FRAME_FIXED_WIDTH
XS_DRAWING_GRID_LABEL_FRAME_LINE_WIDTH_FACTOR
7.16 Automatic part and neighbor part settings in drawings
Parts and neighbor parts in drawings are building objects that will exist in the real structure
or which will be closely related to the structure.
Parts and neighbor parts have drawing properties that affect the way that the part is shown
in the drawing.
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See also Setting automatic drawing part properties on page 494
Setting automatic neighbor part properties on page 496
Example: Part representations on page 494
Indicating part orientation on page 497
Part and neighbor part properties in drawings on page 568
Setting automatic drawing part properties
You can define what is shown in a part and how the part is shown.
To set the part contents and appearance before creating a drawing:
1. Click Drawings & Reports --> Drawing Settings and select the drawing type.
2. Load the properties that you want to change.
3. Click Part.
4. On the Contents tab, select the part representation, whether to show hidden lines, center
lines and reference lines, and which additional markings to show.
A reference line is a line between the points from which a part is created.
5. On the Appearance tab, select the color and type of the lines.
The color of the center lines can be changed only on the drawing and view level, not on
the object level. For center lines, you can only adjust the color in the properties dialog
box, not the type. You can adjust the line type of part center lines with the advanced
option XS_CENTER_LINE_TYPE.
6. On the Fill tab, set the part and section fill options.
7. Single-part, assembly and cast unit drawings: Click Save to save the view properties.
8. Click OK to return to drawing properties.
9. Click Save to save the drawing properties, then click OK and create the drawing.
See also Automatic part and neighbor part settings in drawings on page 493
Part and neighbor part properties in drawings on page 568
Example: Part representations on page 494
XS_CENTER_LINE_TYPE
XS_DRAWING_PART_REFERENCE_LINE_TYPE
XS_DRAWING_POINT_SCALE
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Example: Part representations
Here are some examples of what parts look like with different settings defined in the Part
Properties dialog box.
Setting
Example
Part representation is set to Outline.
Part representation is set to Exact.
The Edge chamfers check box is selected in
Additional marks.
Part representation is set to Symbol.
Part representation is set to Symbol with
partial profile.
Part representation is set to Bounding box.
Part representation is set to Base box.
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Setting
Example
The Hidden lines check box is not selected.
The Hidden lines check box is selected.
The Own hidden lines check box is selected.
Hidden lines for other parts are shown
Hidden lines for the main part are shown.
See also Setting automatic drawing part properties on page 494
Part and neighbor part properties in drawings on page 568
Automatic part and neighbor part settings in drawings on page 493
Setting automatic neighbor part properties
You can define what is shown of neighbor parts and how the neighbor parts are shown. You
can also control the visibility of the neighbor part bolts.
To set the neighbor part visibility, contents and appearance before creating a drawing:
1. Click Drawings & Reports --> Drawing Settings and select the drawing type.
2. Load the properties that you want to change.
3. Click Neighbor part.
4. Select the desired visibility options on the Visibility tab.
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For more information, see Showing neighbor parts in views on page 364
5. On the Contents tab, select the neighbor bolt representation, whether to show hidden
lines, center lines and reference lines, and which additional markings to show.
A reference line is a line between the points from which a part is created.
6. On the Appearance tab, select the color and type of the lines.
The color of the center lines can be changed only on the drawing and view level, not on
the object level. For center lines, you can only adjust the color in the properties dialog
box, not the type. You can adjust the line type of part center lines with the advanced
option XS_CENTER_LINE_TYPE.
7. Single-part, assembly and cast unit drawings: Click Save to save the view properties.
8. Click OK.
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9. Click Save to save the drawing properties, then click OK and create the drawing.
See also Automatic part and neighbor part settings in drawings on page 493
Part and neighbor part properties in drawings on page 568
Example: Part representations on page 494
XS_CENTER_LINE_TYPE
XS_DRAWING_PART_REFERENCE_LINE_TYPE
XS_DRAWING_POINT_SCALE
Indicating part orientation
Part orientation marks indicate the erection direction of assemblies and cast units. You can
indicate the part orientation by using part marks, by including compass direction in marks,
and showing orientation marks and connecting side marks.
See also Mark location on page 468
Using part mark as an orientation mark in general arrangement drawings on page 497
Displaying compass direction in part marks on page 499
Displaying connecting side marks on page 502
Part and neighbor part properties in drawings on page 568
Automatic part and neighbor part settings in drawings on page 493
Using part mark as an orientation mark in general arrangement drawings
In general arrangement drawings, part marks appear at the same end as in assembly
drawings. Parts with the same assembly position are always marked at the same end.
To use the part marks as orientation marks in general arrangement drawings:
1. Select Drawings & Reports --> Drawings Settings --> Assembly Drawing .
2. Load the properties that you want to change.
3. In assembly drawing properties, click View creation --> Attributes and set the
Coordinate system to oriented or model.
You must use oriented or model if you want the Viewing direction settings in Tools -->
Options --> Options --> Orientation marks to have effect.
4. Click Save to save the properties and OK to close the dialog box.
5. In the model, click Drawings & Reports --> Numbering --> Numbering Settings and
clear the Beam orientation and Column orientation check boxes.
When you do this, similar assemblies get the same number regardless of the part
orientation.
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6. Go to Tools --> Options --> Options --> Orientation marks and set the following
options:
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Set the desired Viewing direction for beams, bracings and columns.
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Set Mark always to center of column in GA drawings to No.
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Set Preferred location for beams and bracings to Left or Right.
The preferred location determines the end where the mark is placed.
7. Click OK.
8. Check the leader line type through Drawings & Reports --> Drawings Settings -->
General Arrangement Drawing --> Part marks --> General .
Place the mark near the part end, not in the middle of the part using one of the following
settings:
9. Click Save to save the drawing properties and OK to close the dialog box.
10. Create assembly (and single-part) drawings using the settings you modified.
11. Create general arrangement drawings using the settings you modified.
In general arrangement drawings, the cast unit part marks behave in the same way as the
assembly part marks, except when Top in form face is set to Front or Back on the
Parameters tab of the part’s User-defined attributes dialog box. These settings tell the
end where the part mark is placed.
When you update an assembly drawing so that the mark is placed at the other end of the
part, remember to update the marks in the corresponding general arrangement drawing.
Tekla Structures does not do this automatically.
Example The part mark is positioned at the stiffener side:
The marks are positioned at the same side irrespective of the orientation of the beams:
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See also Mark location on page 468
Indicating part orientation on page 497
Displaying compass direction in part marks
You can include face direction information in part marks. No matter where you add or move
the mark, the face direction stays the same. The face direction indicates the compass
direction (North, East, South, West) of the face where the mark appears.
Limitation: Tekla Structures indicates the face direction only if it is the same for all
assemblies or cast units with the same assembly or cast unit position number.
To add face direction information for parts:
1. Check in which direction north is in the model by clicking Tools --> Options --> Options
--> Orientation marks and checking Project north.
2. In the model, click Drawings & Reports --> Numbering --> Numbering Settings and
select the Column orientation check box.
This forces Tekla Structures to show the face direction in the part mark for two similar
columns with different orientation.
3. In the desired assembly or cast unit drawing view properties, click Part mark and insert
the Face direction element in the part mark.
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Now the assembly or cast unit drawings show the face direction in the part marks.
See also Indicating part orientation on page 497
Orientation settings on page 590
Displaying orientation marks (north marks)
You can use orientation marks or north marks to indicate the erection direction of
assemblies. The default orientation mark is a triangle inside a circle.
To display orientation marks for main parts:
1. In the assembly drawing properties, go to the desired view properties, click Part -->
Content and select the Orientation marks check box.
2. Save the view properties.
3. Click OK.
4. Save the assembly drawing properties and click OK.
5. If needed, define which parts Tekla Structures considers to be columns, braces or beams
by setting the skew limits through Tools --> Options --> Options --> Orientation
marks --> Skew limit .
6. Use the following advanced options to adjust orientation marks:
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XS_ORIENTATION_MARK_DIRECTION
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XS_ORIENTATION_MARK_MOVE_DIST_FOR_BEAMS
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XS_ORIENTATION_MARK_MOVE_DIST_FOR_COLUMNS
•
XS_NORTH_MARK_SYMBOL
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XS_HIDDEN_NORTH_MARK_SYMBOL
•
XS_NORTH_MARK_SCALE
•
XS_GA_NORTH_MARK_SYMBOL (general arrangement drawings)
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XS_GA_HIDDEN_NORTH_MARK_SYMBOL (general arrangement drawings)
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XS_GA_NORTH_MARK_SCALE (general arrangement drawings)
7. Create the assembly drawing.
For different parts, Tekla Structures draws orientation marks in the following way:
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To the top flange of beams, at the end which points closest to the north or to another
designated point of the compass (see part 1 and 2 in the illustration below)
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To the lower end of columns, on the flange which points closest to the north or to
another designated point of the compass (see part 4 in the illustration below)
•
To the flange of bracing, at the end which points closest to the north or to another
designated point of the compass (see 3 A and B in the illustration below)
You can display orientation marks for single-part views included in assembly drawings
with the advanced option XS_SINGLE_ORIENTATION_MARK.
See also XS_ORIENTATION_MARK_DIRECTION
XS_ORIENTATION_MARK_MOVE_DIST_FOR_BEAMS
XS_ORIENTATION_MARK_MOVE_DIST_FOR_COLUMNS
XS_NORTH_MARK_SYMBOL
XS_HIDDEN_NORTH_MARK_SYMBOL
XS_NORTH_MARK_SCALE
XS_GA_NORTH_MARK_SYMBOL
XS_GA_HIDDEN_NORTH_MARK_SYMBOL
XS_GA_NORTH_MARK_SCALE
XS_SINGLE_ORIENTATION_MARK
Indicating part orientation on page 497
Part and neighbor part properties in drawings on page 568
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Displaying connecting side marks
You can use a symbol in assembly drawings to indicate the side of a part to which a
connecting part is attached.
To display connecting side marks:
1. Select Drawings & Reports --> Drawings Settings --> Assembly Drawing .
2. Load the properties that you want to change.
3. Click View creation, select the view and the properties that you want to change, and
click View properties.
4. Click Part.
5. On the Content tab, select the Connecting side marks check box.
6. Click Save to save the view properties.
7. Click OK.
8. Click Save to save the drawing properties, then click OK and create the drawing.
If needed, you can change the connecting side mark symbol with the advanced option
XS_CONNECTING_SIDE_MARK_SYMBOL, and use
XS_MIN_DISTANCE_FOR_CONNECTING_SIDE_MARK to control whether the
connecting side mark is drawn or not.
See also XS_CONNECTING_SIDE_MARK_SYMBOL
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