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Displays the controls used to place bracket plate systems.

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

Bracket Browser - Opens the Define Bracket Plate System Properties dialog box that specifies bracket symbols, parameters, and properties in an icon-based browser. You can select a symbol for the bracket prior to choosing the supports. For more information, see Define Bracket Plate System Properties Dialog Box.

Bracket - Displays the bracket symbol. You can also manually select a bracket symbol in the catalog when Select from the Catalog is active.

Select from the Catalog - Allows the selection of any bracket symbol in the catalog in the Bracket box. This option is a toggle with Create by Rule .

Create by Rule - Limits the Bracket box to applicable rule-based symbols. This is the default option. This option is a toggle with Select from the Catalog .

  • Rule Based - When Create by Rule is active, this option allows the software to define the default rule-based bracket symbol. Clear this option to manually select another bracket symbol that is in the applicable set defined in the rules. This option is the same as the Rule Based option for the symbol question on the Selection tab of the Bracket System Properties dialog box. The symbol question is always the final question. For more information, see Selection Tab (Bracket System Properties Dialog Box).

When using Create by Rule , Bracket and Rule Based are inactive until you select supports and click Accept . These steps allow the bracket rules to compute applicable options.

Select Plane - Click to select the type of plane upon which you want to place the bracket system. See Select Plane Options below.

Select Bracket Supports - Define the structural support systems for the bracket system. Brackets require at least two, but not more than five, supports. Supports can be plate systems or profile stiffener systems. See Bracket Support Controls below.

 Define Boundaries - Define the outside boundaries of the bracket 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 Boundary Controls and Plane Controls below.

Select Bracket Reinforcement - Adds reinforcement to the bracket. See Bracket Reinforcement Controls below.

Finish - Places the bracket using the defined parameters.

Cancel - Clears all selected planes.

Accept - Accepts all selected planes and supports, runs the bracket rules, and determines the catalog symbols that appear in the Bracket box.

Auto Finish Mode - Click to set this option to On and automatically place a bracket in the model as you define all of the required parameters. When this option is set to Off, you must click Finish to place the bracket. When this option is set to On, some parameters for two-support bracket or three-support bracket are retained, for creation of the next bracket.

  • For a two-support bracket, if you select a plate as the first support, then that plate is retained as Support 1. You only need to select a second support for subsequent brackets. When creating a sketched two-support bracket, if Support 1 and Support 2 are profiles, then the sketched contour is retained for subsequent brackets. You can select new supports without editing the contour in Sketch 2D.

  • For a three-support bracket, if you select a plate as the first support and the third support penetrates Support 1, then only Support 1 is retained for the next bracket. If Support 3 does not penetrate Support 1, then Support 1 and Support 3 are retained. You only need to select Support 2 for subsequent brackets.

To prevent the software from retaining the supports for subsequent brackets, click Auto Finish Mode again to set it to Off without exiting the Bracket Plate System command.

Connection - Select the type of connection between the bracket and supports: By Rule, Trimmed, Lapped, or By Reference. The selected connection is used to guide bracket selection in the rules. This option is not available if a bracket symbol is manually selected in Bracket Symbol.

Override UV - Select to override the U and V offsets for all three points that are used to define the plane of a tripping bracket and set the offsets to zero. For more information, see Tripping Bracket Connect Points Data Tab (Bracket Plate System Properties Dialog Box).

Constraint - Select the orientation of a tripping bracket (or bracket by support) with its support. Select Parallel, Perpendicular, Transverse, Vertical, Longitudinal, Fixed X, Fixed Y, or Fixed Z. This option is only available when Plane by Selected Supports is selected for Select Plane.

Orientation - Select the orientation of the bracket: right side, left side, or both sides. This option is only available for a one-support bracket on a profile.

Toggle Dir - Click to move bracket placement to another location using the same combination of supports. Each click toggles the location to the next acceptable location.

Parent System - Select the parent system for the bracket system that you are placing. Systems are defined using the Systems and Specifications task.

Select Plane Options

 Coincident Plane - Specifies that you want the plate system placed on the grid plane.

 Offset from a Plane - Places the plate system a specified distance from the grid plane. If you choose this option, you must define the offset distance.

  • / Lock/unlock mouse tracking - Click to lock the Offset value, disabling the ability to change the value by mouse moves.

  • 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.

 Angle from plane - Places the plate system at a specified angle or slope to the grid plane. If you choose this option, you must define an axis of rotation and the angle or slope.

  • Angle - Specify the angle at which to place the plate system relative to the grid plane. You have to define the axis of rotation using two points before you can define the angle.

  • Step - Specifies the angle step. The step is incremented by this value when the cursor is moved in the graphic view.

Plane by Point and Vector - Specifies the grid plane by defining a vector perpendicular to the grid plane. A third point defines the grid plane position along the vector.

 

  •  Select Vector - Select or define a vector normal to the needed plate system plane.

  •  Define Point - Specify the point along the vector at which to place the plate system.

 Plane by Three Points - Specifies the grid plane using three points that you specify in the model.

  •  Define Point 1 - Specify the location of the first of three points that defines the plane.

  •  Define Point 2 - Specify the location of the second of three points that defines the plane.

  •  Define Point 3 - Specify the location of the third of three points that defines the plane.

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

  •  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.

Plane by Selected Supports - Places the bracket plate system on a plane defined by its supports, such as a plate support along one edge, and a profile or plate support along the other edges. See Bracket Support Controls below. A tripping bracket is commonly placed by this method and is supported on the flange side of one or more profiles. For more information, see Bracket by Supports. This is the default plane option for Select Shape from Standard Catalog Browser .

Bracket Support Controls

Support 1 - Select the first support for the bracket system.

Support 2 - Select the second support for the bracket system.

Support 3 - Select the third support for the bracket system (For 3S, 4S, and 5S brackets).

Support 4 - Select the fourth support for the bracket system (For 4S and 5S brackets).

Support 5 - Select the fifth support for the bracket system (For 5S brackets).

Length 1 - Type a value to define a point on the bracket plane.

  • If the support is linear, then the Length 1 value can be any number greater than zero.

  • If the support is curved, then the Length 1 value can be adjusted to change the bracket position relative to the support.

Length 2 - Type a value to define a second point on the bracket plane.

  • If the support is linear, then the Length 2 value can be any number greater than zero.

  • If the support is curved, then the Length 2 value can be adjusted to change the bracket position relative to the support.

Boundary Controls

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

 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.

Bracket Reinforcement Controls

By Rule - Select to limit reinforcement selection to the default defined in the rules.

Reinforcement - If By Rule is cleared, select the reinforcement type: None, Buckling Stiffener, Edge Reinforcement, or Flange.

The following options are only available when you select Edge Reinforcement or Buckling Stiffener for Reinforcement and after you make a reinforcement selection and click Accept :

Bracket Reinforcement Properties - Click to open the Bracket Reinforcement Properties dialog box, which you use to view and modify the properties of the bracket stiffener or edge reinforcement. The initial bracket properties default from the selected structural specification and the bracket and reinforcement rules. For more information, see Bracket Reinforcement Properties Dialog Box.

When Flange is selected, properties are displayed on the Flange Selection tab of the Bracket System Properties dialog box. For more information, see Flange Selection Tab (Bracket System Properties Dialog Box).

Override - Select to override the rule-based values for Section Size, Material, and Grade and manually select different values. This option is only available after bracket creation when Edge Reinforcement or Buckling Stiffener is selected for Reinforcement.

Section Size - Displays the rule-based profile cross-section of the bracket reinforcement. Select Override to modify this value. This option is only available after bracket creation when Edge Reinforcement or Buckling Stiffener is selected for Reinforcement.

Material - Displays the rule-based material type of the bracket reinforcement. Override to modify this value. This option is only available after bracket creation when Edge Reinforcement or Buckling Stiffener is selected for Reinforcement.

Grade - Displays the rule-based material grade of the bracket reinforcement. Select Override to modify this value. This option is only available after bracket creation when Edge Reinforcement or Buckling Stiffener is selected for Reinforcement.

Primary Orientation - The primary direction of reinforcement placement, based on the molded conventions of the bracket. For more information, see Molded Conventions Tab (Bracket System Properties Dialog Box). This option is only available after bracket creation when Edge Reinforcement or Buckling Stiffener is selected for Reinforcement.