Specifies the properties for the framing members that you are placing or editing.
Activates the Member Properties dialog. You can use this dialog to specify additional member properties, such as material and material grade, which you cannot set on the ribbon.
Select Supporting Member 1
Select the first supporting member for the framing members. If the two supporting members are different lengths, you will get better results if you select the shorter of the two members as supporting member 1.
Select Supporting Member 2
Select the second supporting member for the framing members.
Select Start Point
Select the location of the first framing member along the first supporting member. This option is available only when you set Placement to Number and Spacing.
Click to place the framing members in the model.
Select how to place the framing members between the two supporting members.
By Count - Select this option if you want to specify the exact number of framing members to place. Type the number of framing members in the Count box. The spacing between the framing members is determined by the length of the supporting member divided by the number of framing members plus one.
Equal Spacing - Select this option to have the software determine the number of framing members to place based on the length of the supporting members and the value you specify in the Maximum Spacing box. The software places as many framing members as needed so that the spacing between the framing members does not exceed the Maximum Spacing value. All framing members are equally spaced.
Best Fit - Select this option to have the software determine the number of framing members to place based on the length of the supporting members and the value you specify in the Maximum Spacing box. The software places all framing members except for the first and the last with spacing equal to the Maximum Spacing value you specified. The spacing for the first and last framing member is automatically determined by the software.
Number and Spacing - Select this option to place the exact number of framing members that you specify in the Count box the same distance apart that you define in the Maximum Spacing box. In addition, you can optionally specify the location of the first framing member along the first selected supporting member using Select Start Point . The supporting member end to measure from is the nearest end when you selected the supporting member.
Type the framing member spacing. If Placement is set to Equal Spacing, then this value is the maximum spacing that you will allow between the framing members. If Placement is set to Best Fit or Number and Spacing, then this value is used as the exact spacing between the interior framing members. This option is not available when Placement is set to By Count.
Type the number of framing members to place. This option is available only when Placement is set to By Count or Number and Spacing.
Specifies the frame connection type to use for the member that you are placing. If you select By Rule, the software determines the frame connection to use based on the geometry between the member that you are placing and existing members in the model. If you select More, all available frame connections display from which you can select the frame connection to use. For more information about frame connections, see Frame Connections. This option is not available if you are editing an existing member. You can change the frame connection later by editing the frame connection directly.
Select the system to which the framing members belong on the Select System Dialog. You can define new systems in the Systems and Specifications task. Select More to display all systems defined in the workspace or the model.
Specifies the type category of the member, such as a beam or a column. The available member properties change depending on the member type category that you select. You can define a custom member type category by editing the Structural Member Type list in the Catalog task.
Specifies the type of member, such as a beam or column. The available member properties change depending on the member type that you select. This property is a hierarchical child of Type Category. To change the options on the list, edit the Structural Member Type select list in Catalog.
Specifies the cross-section for the member. If you know the section name, type it in. You can use the asterisk [*] character wildcard to see all sections that contain that text. For example, type W10X* to see all W10X sections in the catalog. Select More to browse the catalog for the section to use. Sections are defined in the reference data. See Structural Reference Data Overview for more information about reference data.
Specifies the relative position of the structural cross-section to the member placement line. Nine cardinal positions (1 -9) are available. The location of cardinal points 10 (center-of-gravity) and 15 (shear center) depend on the section shape. The local z-axis of the member and the center-of-gravity point of the section define cardinal points 11 and 14. The local y-axis of the member and the center-of-gravity point of the section define cardinal points 12 and 13. Cardinal points 10 through 15 are unavailable for designed members or cans.
Reflects or mirrors the cross-section about the member's local z-axis. This parameter affects both symmetric and asymmetric sections. An example of when to use this option would be when you want the flanges of a channel section to point in the opposite direction. The Reflect property is not available when editing members that have Seated, Flush, or Centerline frame connections.
Specifies the framing member's offset from the supporting member's plane. This option is only available when Connection is set to a flush, seated, or centerline frame connection.
Select how to position framing members if the two supporting members are not of equal length or are not parallel. You can make the framing members perpendicular to the first supporting member that you selected, or to skew the framing members by the ratio difference of the two supporting members.
Select to flip the framing members to the opposite side.