Planar Plate System Ribbon - Intergraph Smart 3D - Help

Intergraph Smart 3D Molded Forms

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10.1(2014R1)

Displays the options that you use to place the planar plate system in the model.

 Plate System Properties - Opens the Plate System Properties dialog box, which you use to view and modify the properties of the plate system that you are about to place in the model. The initial plate system properties default from the selected structural specification. For more information, see Planar Plate System Properties Dialog Box.

 Define Plane - Specifies the reference plane of the plate system. You can select multiple planes to place multiple plate systems at the same time. The software uses the same boundaries for each plane and places the plate systems. After placement, the plate systems are unrelated to each other and can be edited as individual entities unless boundaries are defined as boundary curves. If so, then a single curve is related to all of the plate systems. See the Define Plane Controls section below.

 Define Boundaries - Defines the outside boundaries of the plate system. You can define the boundaries by selecting objects, including structural members, in the model or by sketching boundary curves. If you select objects in the model and those objects are moved, the software automatically resizes the plate system to maintain the boundary relationship. See the Define Boundary Controls and Define Plane Controls sections below.

Finish - Places the plate system using the defined parameters.

Define Boundary Controls

Available when you use the Define Boundaries option.

Pick Boundaries

Selects objects in the model or in the Workspace Explorer to define the boundaries. This option is only available when you are defining the boundaries.

After you select a boundary plate, press SHIFT to select the Pick Edges option. Press SHIFT again to return to the Pick Boundaries option.

Pick Edges

Selects free edges on plates to define the boundary. This option is available when you select a plate in the Pick Boundaries step.

 Solve Ambiguity

Clarifies the required boundary. If the boundaries that you selected can form the object boundary in more than one way, then you have defined an ambiguous boundary. The software prompts you to select multiple bounded areas to specify the boundary. For more information, see Solve ambiguous solution created by selected boundaries.

 Boundary List

Opens the Boundary List dialog box. This dialog box allows you to review and define the boundaries. For more information, see Boundary List Dialog Box.

 Boundary Curve

Draws the boundaries. This option is only available when you are defining the boundaries. See Define Plane Controls below.

Sketching Plane

Selects the sketching plane for the boundary.

Add Intersecting Item

Allows you to select objects in the model that intersect the sketching plane to use as reference geometry. You see the selected objects in the Sketch 2D environment.

Add Projection Item

Allows you to select objects in the model that do not intersect the sketching plane that you want to use as reference geometry. The objects are projected onto the sketching plane, and you see the selected objects in the Sketch 2D environment.

Sketch 2D

Opens the Sketch 2D environment in which you can draw the boundary.

Auto

Allows the software to automatically add all objects that are relative to the object to be sketched to a select set. The Workspace Explorer and the graphics view highlight items in the select set. If the software adds no objects to the select set, a message displays in the status bar. This option is only available when you use the Add Intersecting Item or the Add Projection Item option. For more information, see Sketch 2D Best Practices.

Define Plane Controls

Available when you use the Define Plane or Boundary Curve options.

 Coincident Plane - Defines a plane coincident to another plane.

 Offset from Plane - Defines a plane at a specified offset distance from another plane.

 Angle from Plane - Defines a plane at a specified angle or slope to another plane. You must define an axis of rotation and the angle or slope.

 Plane by Point and Vector - Defines a plane using a vector normal to the plane being defined and a third point to define the plane position along the vector.

 Plane by Three Points - Defines a plane using three points that you identify in the model.

Plane by Vectors Normal - Specifies the reference plane as being normal to another plane that you select and having a rotation parallel to a vector that you define.

Offset lock - Locks the Offset value, disabling updates of the offset value by mouse moves. The Lock option is only available when you use the Offset from a Plane option.

Offset - Specify the offset distance for the plate system from the selected grid plane. You can specify the offset dynamically in graphics or by typing the distance. The Offset option is only available when you use the Offset from a Plane option.

Angle - Specify the angle at which to place the plate system relative to the grid plane. You must define the axis of rotation using two points before you can define the angle. The Angle option is only available when you use the Angle from plane option.

Step - Specifies the angle step. The step is incremented by this value when the cursor is moved in the graphic view. The Step option is only available when you use the Angle from plane option.

 Select Vector - Select or define a vector normal to the needed plate system plane. This option is only available when you use the Plane by Point and Vector option.

 Define Point - Specify the point along the vector at which to place the plate system. This option is only available when you use the Plane by Point and Vector option.

 Define Point 1 - Specify the location of the first of three points that defines the plane. This option is only available when you are using the Plane by Three Points option.

 Define Point 2 - Specify the location of the second of three points that defines the plane. This option is only available when you are using the Plane by Three Points option.

 Define Point 3 - Specify the location of the third of three points that defines the plane. This option is only available when you are using the Plane by Three Points option.

 Select Plane - Select the plane to which your grid plane is to be normal. This option is only available when you are using the Plane by Vectors Normal option.

 Select First Point - Specify the location of the first vector point. Your grid plane is parallel to this vector. This option is only available when you are using the Plane by Vectors Normal option.

 Select Second Point - Specify the location of the second vector point. Your grid plane is parallel to this vector. This option is only available when you are using the Plane by Vectors Normal option.

 Reject - Clears all selected planes or boundaries.

 Accept - Accepts all selected planes or boundaries.

Select Parent - Specifies the parent system for the plate system that you are placing. If the needed system is not available, click More to open the Select System dialog box. For more information, see Select System Dialog Box in the Common User's Guide.

Valid systems are created in the Systems and Specifications task or with the New System command. For more information see the Systems and Specifications User's Guide, or New System in the Common User's Guide.

Type - Specifies the type of plate system to place.

Name - Displays the name of the plate system that you are placing.