Specifies the properties for the member that you are placing. 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.
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.
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.
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.
Activates the Advanced Member Positioning Ribbon, which you can use when you want to place a member at the intersection of three objects and maintain the relationship to those objects. For example, a column that needs to stay over two walls, or bulkheads, on a lower level. You must select the Align-Default or Align-Lapped frame connections from the Connection box to use the advanced member positioning options.
Click to place the member in the model. Finish is active only when Finish Mode is selected.
Specify whether or not Finish must be selected to place a member in the model. If the Finish Mode is selected, the software places the member in tentative mode after you identify the second end point. This tentative mode allows you to modify placement settings such as the offset, cardinal point, or frame connection properties before you commit the member to the model. If the Finish Mode is not selected, then the software automatically places the member in the model after you identify the second end point.
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.
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 under the Connection Properties section.
Select the system to which the member belongs. You can define new systems in the Systems and Specifications task. Select More to display all systems defined in the workspace or the model. For more information, see Select System Dialog Box.
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.
Specifies the angle, in degrees or radians, by which the cross-section is rotated about the member axis. The zero-degree position is either the Z-axis or the X-axis of the active coordinate system depending on the member orientation. The active coordinate system is set using the Coordinate System control in PinPoint/Precision Input. The Angle property is not used when placing members using the Seated, Flush, or Centerline frame connections.
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.
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.
Seated, Flush, and Centerline Frame Connection Properties
Select the side of the supporting member on which you want to place the supported member.
Specify the distance to place the supported member from the supporting member. For seated and flush frame connections, the offset is between the side of the supporting member that you specified with the Side option and the supported member's side that you specify with the Edge option. For centerline frame connections, the offset is between centerline of the supporting member and the supported member's side that you specify with the Edge option.
Specifies the side of the supported member's cross-section that is mated to the supporting member. You can specify Top, Right, Bottom, or Left. Edges of typical section shapes are shown in the figure.
Specifies that Smart 3D reflects or mirrors the cross-section of the supported member about a plane perpendicular to the supporting member side. For example, 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
Axis Frame Connection Properties
Specifies an offset to apply in the x-direction after the two cardinal points are aligned.
Specifies an offset to apply in the y-direction after the two cardinal points are aligned.
Specifies an offset to apply in the z-direction after the two cardinal points are aligned.
Specifies the coordinate system to use for the offset values. Local is the local coordinate system of the supporting member.
Specifies to which cardinal point on the supporting member system to align the supported member system's cardinal point. You can specify any cardinal point number, or select 0 to use the cardinal point with which the supporting member was placed.
Surface Frame Connection Properties
Specifies an offset to apply in the x-direction.
Specifies an offset to apply in the y-direction.
Specifies an offset to apply in the z-direction.
Specifies the coordinate system to use for the offset values.
Vertical Corner Brace Frame Connection Properties
Specifies the offset to apply in the x-direction.
Specifies the offset to apply in the y-direction.
Specifies the offset to apply in the z-direction.
Select whether the offset values are defined relative to the global coordinate system or the member's local coordinate system.
Specifies the work point location. There are six work point locations that you can select.
1 - Primary Center - Secondary Far Side