Displays the options that you use to place the planar plate system in the model.
Plate System Properties
Opens the Plate System Properties dialog box, which you use to view and modify the properties of the plate system that you are about to place in the model. The initial plate system properties default from the selected structural specification. For more information, see Planar Plate System Properties Dialog Box.
Specifies the reference plane of the plate system. You can select multiple planes to place multiple plate systems at the same time. The software uses the same boundaries for each plane and places the plate systems. After placement, the plate systems are unrelated to each other and can be edited as individual entities unless boundaries are defined as boundary curves. If so, then a single curve is related to all of the plate systems. See the Define Plane Controls section below.
Defines the outside boundaries of the 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 the Define Boundary Controls and Define Plane Controls sections below.
When selecting an existing plate system, if displays for Define Boundaries, then the boundaries do not form a closed shape because a boundary has been modified. This condition most commonly occurs when the plate system has a sketched boundary that no longer intersects a plate system or reference plane boundary. Click Define Boundaries to display the location of the gap in the boundary.
Places the system using the defined parameters.
Define Boundary Controls
Available when you use the Define Boundaries option.
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.
Selects free edges on plates to define the boundary. This option is available when you select a plate in the Pick Boundaries step.
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.
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.
Draws the boundaries. This option is only available when you are defining the boundaries. See Define Plane Controls below.
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.
Opens the Sketch 2D environment in which you can draw the boundary.
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 Define Plane or Boundary Curve options.
Offset from Plane
Defines a plane at a specified offset distance from another plane. An offset distance of 0 defines a coincident plane.
Plane by Point and Vector
Defines a plane using a vector normal to the plane being defined. A third point defines the plane position along the vector.
Plane by Three Points
Defines a plane using three points that you identify in the model.
/ Offset Lock
Locks the Offset value, disabling updates of the offset value by moving the pointer in a graphic view. The Lock option is only available when you use the Offset from a Plane method.
Specifies the offset distance from the selected grid plane or planar model object. You can specify the offset dynamically by moving the mouse in a graphic view or by typing the distance. This option is only available when you use the Offset from a Plane method. You can type the following formats for offset values:
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.
Coordinate System: Frame plus or minus an offset distance.
Example (when the model has multiple coordinate systems): CS_0:F20 + 1.5 m
Example (when the model has one coordinate system): F20 + 1.5 m
/ Remove/Maintain Relationships of the Plane
Maintains the relationships of the plane to the definition method and the geometry used by the definition method. For example, a plane created with Offset from Plane maintains the relationship of the selected plane and the Offset value. Otherwise, this option disables the relationships of the plane to allow moving of the plane.
When you copy a bracket and use Edit > Paste > Delete Optional to remove a boundary, Remove/Maintain Relationships of the Plane / is not visible. You must first click Select Bracket Supports to allow the command to determine the applicable options.
Specifies a vector normal to the required plate system plane. This option is only available when you use the Plane by Point and Vector plane method.
Specifies 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 plane method.
Define Point 1
Specifies 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 plane method.
Define Point 2
Specifies 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 plane method.
Define Point 3
Specifies 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 plane method.
Clears all selected objects.
Accepts all selected objects.
Specifies the name of the object that you are placing. Type a name, or leave the box blank to use the default naming rule.
Specifies the parent system for the plate system that you are placing. If the needed system is not available, click More to open the Select System dialog box. For more information, see Select System Dialog Box in the Common User's Guide.
Valid systems are created in the Systems and Specifications task or with the New System command. For more information see the Systems and Specifications User's Guide, or New System in the Common User's Guide.
Specifies the naming category. The naming rule uses the category in naming the profile part that is a child to the profile system.
Specifies the object material type, such as Steel - Carbon or Steel - High Strength.
Specifies the object material grade, such as A36 or A529.
Specifies the material thickness for the plate system.
Specifies the direction from the molded surface in which the plate thickness is applied. Values are specific to the Type value. For more information, see the molded conventions for each plate type in Molded Conventions Tab (Planar Plate System Properties Dialog Box).
Specifies an additional plate type that is independent of the Type value. The subtype does not affect molded conventions or plate naming. The default value is None.