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Folded Part Drawings

1.

Purpose and description

The folded part drawings tool is a simple application which helps the user to create workshop
drawings of folded parts including both the folded and unfolded shape. This is achieved by
creating two workshop drawings of each folded part, one folded and one unfolded. The views
from the second drawing are then copied or linked into the first drawing.

2.

System requirements

Tekla Structures version:


.NET Framework version:
Environments:
Languages:

3.

17.0
4.0
All
English, French

Installation
1.
2.

Download the Folded Part Drawings installation package from the Tekla Extranet.
Run the installation package

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4.

Usage

To use the application:


1.
Go to Tools > Macros... to open the Macros dialog box.
2.
Select Folded Part Drawings and click Run.
3.
Load saved settings, or set the properties to be used for drawing creation:
a. Select the drawing properties for the folded drawing and assign a drawing
sheet number.
b. Select the drawing properties for the unfolded drawing and assign a different
sheet number.
c. Select whether to link or copy the drawing views, and optionally delete the
unfolded drawing if copying views.
d. Select whether to create drawings for selected parts or all parts by filter.
Choose a select filter if creating drawing for all parts by filter.
4.
If creating drawings for selected parts, select the parts now.
5.
Click Create drawings to start the drawing creation.
a. The progress of drawing creation will be shown in the progress bar.

b. The screen will be active while drawings are created and several dialogs will
be opened and closed during the creation process. Please do not attempt to
perform any actions until drawing creation is complete.
c. A notice will be displayed in the status bar when drawing creation is complete.

4.1. Numbering
Before drawing creation is started, a check is made to be sure that numbering is up to date for
all the selected parts.

4.2. Drawing creation


Drawings are only created for poly-beams even if regular beams or contour plates are
included in the selection.
If a drawing already exists for a part using one of the specified sheet numbers, that drawing
will not be over-written, and linking or copying of views cannot be performed.

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February 2011

5.

Application properties

Property

Description

Drawing properties (Folded)

The workshop drawing properties used to create the


folded form drawing

Sheet number (Folded)

The sheet number which will be assigned to the folded


form drawing

Drawing properties (Unfolded)

The workshop drawing properties used to create the


folded form drawing

Sheet number (Unfolded)

The sheet number which will be assigned to the unfolded


form drawing

Link drawing views

Select this to link the views in the unfolded drawing


when copying to the folded drawing

Copy drawing views

Select this to only copy the views from the unfolded


drawing to the folded drawing

Copy and delete drawing

Check this to delete the unfolded drawing after views


have been copied. This cannot be selected if Link
drawing views is selected.

Selected parts

Select this to create drawings for the currently selected


parts only

All parts by filter

Select this to create drawing for all parts in the model


based on a select filter. Choose the selection filter to be
used from the drop down list of selection filters.

Properties for the folded part drawings tool can be saved and loaded just like any other Tekla
Structures dialog by using the save and load buttons at the top of the dialog. Properties are
saved with the file extension FoldedPartDrawings.Attributes.xml. Properties files can be
placed in the system, XS_FIRM, XS_PROJECT, or model attributes folders.

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February 2011

6.

Additional information

6.1. View scaling


After views are copied or linked from the unfolded drawing into the folded drawing, the views
are re-arranged in the drawing using the Arrange Drawing Views command. If auto scaling is
used, this can cause the original views in the folded form drawing to change, resulting in
different scaling for the folded and unfolded views. To maintain a consistent scale in all views,
simply use fixed scaling in the folded and unfolded drawing settings.

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February 2011