Multi drawing Selector for Tekla drawings
The Multi Drawing Selector Application is a program helps collate the single part drawings of all parts (with the same profile) into a single multi sheet drawing.
If I have a certain profile of flatbar: say 90×10 then wouldn’t it be handy if I had all such flatbars (with their varying lengths) on a single drawing? In the past you would have e.g. 16 different drawings (one for each particular length of the 90×10 flatbar) jumbled all over the place in your folder. If you had to fabricate it then you would have to sift through the folder for all such profiles. Having obtained the 16 different drawings, then you would go to your factory and obtain the 90×10 flatbar and produce the 16 different types of flatbars you need. But what if you did not see a 90×10 flatbar drawing at the back of your folder? What if there were 17 different drawings for that particular profile and you only pulled out 16 from your folder to take with you to the work shop floor. So basically you forget to fabricate a single part. But what if you were required to make 14 of those? When you find out, then you would have to go back into your work shop, get a flat bar and make the cut again and make 14 flatbars that are 90×10 with that particular length. Ideally you’d want it done correctly the first time, but now you have to make two different trips. And we are only talking about one particular profile here.
Now you can dramatically reduce the number of drawings you have in your folder. 90 x 10 flatbar? No problem. Simply pull out the multi drawing which already has everything within it: take it to your work shop and cut all the required flat bars there. No flipping back and forth. You won’t miss a part – because it is ALL there, and you won’t be forced to redo it at a later stage.
What exactly does it do?
It looks through your model for all standard sized flatbars.
All unique flatbar profiles will be written down separately in a “list”. For example, let us consider the following flatbar profile: 90×10. Suppose you have 10 such profiles in your model. This particular profile will be written down on the list, along with the 10 single part drawing numbers of associated with that particular flat bar.
If your model has non-standard flatbars, or plates, this will be collected and highlighted separately in a “plate list”. e.g. suppose a detailer creates a FT 91.3 x 11.1 profile. This will be written down on the “plate list” with all the part numbers associated with that profile.
The program allows you to select all the parts associated with a particular profile. In other words, you can select all the 10 parts associated with that 90×10 profile, and you can put them in one single multi drawing.
It takes about 45 seconds after clicking the refresh button for the list boxes to be populated.
Instruction on how to use.Tekla must run first
Tekla must run first
Single part drawings must exist
You must apply the correct selection filter.
You have configure a .CSV file which lists all standard flatbars in the correct format.
Start flatbar application
Click refresh button.
Double click profile on right lefthand side to see the drawing Nos.
Select Drawing Nos
Click Select button
Now switch to Tekla window and create mulit drawing for selected parts
Items are selected by Profile and in increasing length.
The number of drawings associated with a particular profile is placed in brackets around the profile dimensions. e.g. 100 x 16 has 17 different part numbers and single part drawings.
If you’ve already created a multi drawing for a particular part, then it won’t show up in the list again, after you’ve pressed refresh. That way you will know exactly what parts need to be placed in a multi drawing and what parts have already been placed in a multi drawing.
Saves everyone a lot of time and headaches.
If you require the macro please email the admin or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The flat bar picker is customised for the Australian environment
Multi Drawing Selector
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