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

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

 Plate System Properties

Opens the Nonlinear Plate System Properties Dialog, 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 parent plate system, if there is one, or from the selected structural specification.

 Extrusion Definition

Specify the path the mother curve is to follow. See the Define Curve Controls and Define Plane Controls sections below.

 Mother Curve Definition

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

` Define Boundaries

Defines 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.

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.

Finish

Places the system using the defined parameters.

Define Curve Controls

Available when you use the Extrusion Definition and Mother Curve Definition options.

 Sketching Plane

Specify the sketching plane for the curve. This is the first step in defining the curve. See the Define Plane Controls section below.

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 Sketch 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 Sketch 2D environment.

Sketch 2D

Opens the Sketch 2D 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 Command.

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. 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. See Solve ambiguous boundaries.

 Boundary List

Opens the Boundary List Dialog. This dialog box allows you to review and define the boundaries.

 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. See Sketch 2D Best Practices.

Define Plane Controls

Available when you use the Extrusion Definition, Mother Curve Definition 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.

Offset

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.

 Select Vector

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.

 Define Point

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.

 Reject

Clears all selected objects.

 Accept

Accepts all selected objects.

Name

Specifies the name of the object that you are placing. Type a name, or leave the box blank to use the default naming rule.

Parent System

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.

Valid systems are created in the Systems and Specifications task or with the New System command.

Type

Specifies the type of plate system that you are placing. Select Deck, Transverse Bulkhead, Longitudinal Bulkhead, Hull, Longitudinal Tube, Transverse Tube, Vertical Tube, Tube Plate, Web Plate, Flange Plate, or General Plate.

If you do not specify a type, the software automatically determines the type based on the plate system orientation. Plate systems that are mostly horizontal (XY plane) are assigned to Deck. Plate systems that are mostly transverse (YZ plane) are assigned to Transverse Bulkhead. Plate systems that are mostly longitudinal (XZ plane) are assigned to Longitudinal Bulkhead. If you are using material handling mode, plate systems are assigned to General Plate.

The naming rule also uses Type to name the plate system.

Naming Category

Specifies the naming category. The naming rule uses the category in naming the profile part that is a child to the profile system.

Material

Specifies the object material type, such as Steel - Carbon or Steel - High Strength.

Grade

Specifies the object material grade, such as A36 or A529.

Thickness

Specifies the material thickness for the plate system.

Thickness Direction

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).

Subtype

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.