Plates and profiles gain children objects in the Workspace Explorer hierarchy as the model progresses from early design in Molded Forms through manufacturing parts in Structural Manufacturing. The following objects display on the System tab of the Workspace Explorer:
Contains the top-level properties for a plate or profile, such as continuity, tightness, material grade, and molded conventions, but does not contain all physical attributes. For example, a root plate system is a surface without thickness, and a root profile system is a landing curve.
Leaf or child system
Inherits the properties of the parent root system. Properties can be manually changed to be different from the root system. Each root system is created with a leaf system. When the root system is split, additional leaf systems are created.
Inherits the properties of the parent leaf system and begins to carry physical attributes. Each leaf system has a plate part. There are two types of plate parts:
The initial part created in Molded Forms. Plate parts have thickness and profile parts have cross-sections, but other physical attributes are not considered. For example, parts are not trimmed at their boundaries and profile part locations are not adjusted based on plate part thickness.
Replaces the light part after detailing the part in Structural Detailing. Parts gain additional physical attributes. For example, plates are now trimmed at their boundaries; profile webs and flanges are trimmed.
Root logical connection
Contains top-level properties for a connection between plate and profile systems. Each root logical connection is a child of a root system.
Leaf or child logical connection
Each root logical connection is created with a leaf logical connection. When the root logical connection is split, additional leaf logical connections are created.
Inherits the properties of the parent leaf logical connection. An assembly connection is created when parts are detailed in Structural Detailing. Each assembly connection is a child of a leaf logical connection. An assembly connection contains properties used for physical connections (welds) and features such as end cuts, slots, and collars.
Contains properties and physical attributes for detailed features such as end cuts, slots, or collars. A feature is created when parts are detailed in Structural Detailing. Each feature is a child of an assembly connection.
Contains properties and physical attributes for welds. Physical connections are created for each assembly connection when parts are detailed in Structural Detailing. End-to-end and edge-to-edge connections have one physical connection for each part. Each physical connection is a child of an assembly connection or a feature.
1 - Root system
2 - Leaf system
3 - Light part
4 - Detailed part
5 - Root logical connection
6 - Leaf logical connection
7 - Assembly connection
8 - Collar feature
9 - Slot feature
10 - Physical connection
1 - Root system
2 - Leaf system
3 - Detailed part
4 - Root logical connection
5 - Leaf logical connection
6 - Assembly connection
7 - End cut feature
8 - Physical connection
Objects created in Structural Manufacturing, such as manufacturing parts, templates, and pin jigs, are children to parts, blocks, or assemblies on the Assembly tab of the Workspace Explorer.
Plate Systems display at the same level in the hierarchy as Bracket Plate Systems. If you filter on Plate Systems, the software also displays Bracket Plate Systems as shown in the following figure. This happens because the leaf system of a bracket plate system is a plate system object. The bracket plate system is included in the workspace because it is the parent of the leaf plate system.