Linear Extruded Plate System Ribbon - Intergraph Smart 3D - Help

Intergraph Smart 3D Molded Forms

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Displays the options that you use to extrude a plate system along a linear extrusion curve in the model.

 Plate System Properties - Opens the Linear Extruded Plate System Properties dialog box, which you use to view and modify the properties of the plate system. The initial plate system properties default from the parent plate system, if there is one, or from the selected structural specification. For more information, see Linear Extruded Plate System Properties Dialog Box.

 Mother Curve Definition - Defines the sketching plane and the shape of the mother curve. See the Define Mother Curve Controls and Define Plane Controls sections below.

 Define Boundaries - Specifies the outside boundaries of the plate system. You can define the boundaries by selecting objects in the model or by drawing the boundaries. 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 Mother Curve Controls

Available when you use the Mother Curve Definition option.

 Sketching Plane - Specify the sketching plane for the curve. This is the first step in defining the curve.

Add Intersecting Item - Select objects in the model that intersect the sketching plane that you want to use as reference geometry. These extra objects appear in the Draft 2D environment.

Add Projection Item - Select objects in the model that do not intersect the sketching plane that you want to use as reference geometry. These extra objects are projected onto the sketching plane and appear in the Draft 2D environment.

Sketch 2D - Opens the Draft 2-D environment in which you can draw the curve.

To display a grid or reference plane ruler in the Sketch 2D environment, first define an active coordinate system using Tools > PinPoint. For more information, see PinPoint in the Common User’s Guide and 2D Grids Ruler in the SmartSketch Drawing Editor Help.

Auto Import Enable/Disable - Allows the software to automatically add all objects that are relative to the object to be sketched to a select set. Items in the select set are highlighted in the graphics view and in the Workspace Explorer. If no objects are added to the select set, the software displays a message in the status bar. This option is only available when you use the Add Intersecting Item or the Add Project Item option. For more information, see Sketch 2D Best Practices.

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 Mother Curve Definition or Boundary Curve options.

 Coincident - Specifies that you want to sketch the curve on the plane that you select.

 Offset from a Plane - Specifies a sketching plane for the curve that is offset from another plane that you select. If you choose this option, you must define the offset distance.

 Angle from plane - Specifies a sketching plane for the curve that is at a specified angle from a plane that you select. If you choose this option, you must define an axis of rotation and the angle or slope.

 Plane by Point and Vector - Specifies the sketching plane for the curve using a vector normal to the sketching plane and a third point to define the sketching plane position along the vector.

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

Plane by Vectors Normal - Specifies the sketching 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 sketching plane from the selected 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. The following formats for offset values can be used:

  • Offset distance without units.

    Example: 5, when default units are millimeters (mm). The software converts the distance to 5 mm.

  • Offset distance with units. The value converts to the default units.

    Example: 5 m, when default units are millimeters (mm). The software converts the distance to 5000 mm.

Angle - Specify the angle at which to place the sketching plane relative to the selected plane. You have to 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 offset or angle step.

 Select Vector - Select the vector normal to the sketching 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 sketching plane. 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 sketching 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 sketching 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 sketching plane. This option is only available when you are using the Plane by Three Points option.

 Select Plane - Select the plane to which your sketching 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 sketching 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 sketching 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.

Parent System - Select the parent system for the plate system. Systems are defined using the Systems and Specifications task.

Type - Select the type of plate system to place.

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