Advanced Member Positioning Ribbon - Intergraph Smart 3D - Help

Intergraph Smart 3D Molded Forms

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10.1 (2014 R1)

Specifies the properties for the member that you are placing using the advanced member positioning option. When editing a member part, this ribbon changes. For more information on the properties that are available when you are modifying a member part, see Modify Linear Member Part Ribbon in Place Linear Member Systems.

Member Properties

Activates the Member System Prismatic Properties Dialog Box. You can use this dialog box to specify additional member properties that you cannot set on the ribbon, such as material, material grade, and end releases. Because changes made on the ribbon, such as to the Type Category, can affect or reset properties in the dialog box, we recommend that you set properties in this dialog box after you have made your selections from the ribbon.

Start

Specify the start location of the member. After placing the first member, click Start to select the discrete placement method. For more information about discrete placement, see Members.

End

Specify the end location of the member. After placing the first member, click End to select the contiguous placement method. For more information about contiguous placement, see Members.

Exit AMP

Exits the advanced member positioning ribbon, and returns you to the standard member controls.

Connection Properties

Activates the Connection Properties dialog box, which is used to specify properties for the active frame connection. The properties that appear in this dialog box are described below in the Connection Properties section.

Geometric Construction

Displays the PointByOffsetSurfaces geometric construction interface.

1

Specifies the bounding object.

2

Specifies the align object.

3

Specifies the intersect object.

Color Coding

For a new geometric construction, you can identify the status of input items by the background color of the step:

  • - No background color when there is no input.

  • - Yellow background when an input is selected.

  • - Blue background when an input was selected for the previous geometric construction. The input can also be used for the current geometric construction.

Selected inputs display highlighted in pink in the Workspace Explorer and as pink dotted lines in the graphic view:

When changing an existing geometric construction to a different definition, colors represent the different value changes:

  • and - No background color when you keep the value of the original geometric construction.

  • and - Yellow background when you change a value.

  • and - Blue background when the software changes a value to a new suggested value.

 Reject

Clears the selections for the current step.

 Accept

Accepts the current selections and displays a preview.

Continue

Completes the geometric construction definition. The ribbon continues to display so that you can define parameters for additional geometry.

The geometric constructions are not created and saved to the model until you click Finish on the main command ribbon to create the model object.

Bound Offset

Type an offset distance for the point from the bound surface. This offset is in addition to the ratio you defined.

Bound Ratio

Type the ratio of the plate's thickness to the point position. Type 0 to place the point on the molded-form surface. Type 1 to place the point on the anti-molded-form surface. A ratio of 0.5 centers the point between the two surfaces.

Bound Orient

Specifies how to interpret the bounding object for advanced member positioning. Select Primary to evaluate along the primary axis. Select Secondary to evaluate along the secondary axis. See Orient Options below.

Align Offset

Type an offset distance for the point from the align surface. This offset is in addition to the ratio you defined.

Align Ratio

Type the ratio of the plate's thickness to the point position. Type 0 to place the point on the molded-form surface. Type 1 to place the point on the anti-molded-form surface. A ratio of 0.5 centers the point between the two surfaces.

Align Orient

Specifies how to interpret the align object for advanced member positioning. Select Primary to evaluate along the primary axis. Select Secondary to evaluate along the secondary axis. See Orient Options below.

Intersect Offset

Type an offset distance for the point from the intersect surface. This offset is in addition to the ratio you defined.

Intersect Ratio

Type the ratio of the plate's thickness to the point position. Type 0 to place the point on the molded-form surface. Type 1 to place the point on the anti-molded-form surface. Typing a ratio of 0.5 centers the point between the two surfaces.

Intersect Orient

Specifies how to interpret the intersect object for advanced member positioning. Select Primary to evaluate along the primary axis. Select Secondary to evaluate along the secondary axis. See Orient Options below.

Orient Options

Specifies if the profile is interpreted along its primary orientation or its secondary orientation. If along the primary orientation, then 0.0 is the red surface and 1.0 is the black surface. If along the secondary orientation, then 0.0 is the green surface and 1.0 is the blue surface.

Tee

Includes W, S, and M types and fabricated Ts

I-beams

Includes W and S types.

Angle

Includes equal and unequal leg angles.

Fabricated Angle

Flat Bar

Channel

Bulb

Rectangular Tube

Half Round and Round Bar

Round Tube (Pipe)

Round Tube has no faces defined along the secondary orientation.

Connection Properties

The Connection Properties appear only when you have selected the Connection Properties option. Connection properties change depending on the frame connection specified in the Connection option. To see the frame connection properties for the start of the member, select . To see the frame connection properties for the end of the member, select . Click  to see a preview of the frame connection. The frame connection type appears in the upper left corner of the dialog box.

The supported member is the member that you are placing. The supporting member is the existing member in the model to which you are connecting.

Align-Default/Lapped Frame Connection Properties

Side Justification

Select the side of the plane on which to place the member.

  • None - Aligns the member axis so that it is placed on the surface.

  • Seated - Sets the member on top of the surface. The selected Orientation Side is nearest the surface.

  • Center - The center of the cross-section is placed on the surface. The center is calculated by the top-bottom, left-right bounds of the cross-section shape.

  • Flush - Uses the alignment surface's top and bottom extent to position the supported member. The supported member typically lies within the body of the alignment plane with one edge of the member flush with the alignment surface but can be offset.

Orientation Control

If On, the member angle is controlled by the Orientation Angle value defined for the Align frame connection. If Off, you can set the angle of the member independently of the align surface by using the Rotation property for the member part.

Orientation Side

Specifies the side of the supported member's cross-section that is mated to the alignment surface. You can specify Top, Right, Bottom, or Left. Edges of typical section shapes are shown in the figure.

Orientation Angle

When Orientation Control is On, this angle is added to the selected Orientation Side to rotate the member. If the Align frame connection is used on both ends of the member and you define a different angle value for each end, the angle defined at the start end of the member is used.

Reflect

Reflects or mirrors the cross-section of the supported member about a plane perpendicular to the supporting member side. An example of when to use this option is when you place a supported member with an angle cross-section using the left edge option and you want the angle facing the other direction.

Extend Distance

Specifies the offset distance from the bounding surface along the member's axis.

Side Clearance

Specify the offset distance perpendicular to the align surface to place the member axis.

Lateral Distance

Specifies the offset distance in the plane of the align surface to place the member axis.