Structural Member

Structural Member

Win64, English

TracianCAD
Insert a standard structural member from a library by selecting a sketch lines, curves or model edges. IMPORTANT: BEFORE YOU UPDATE THE APPLICATION, BACK UP ALL LIBRARY FILES THAT YOU HAVE EDITED.

General Usage Instructions

The app will appear in the CREATE panel of the MODEL workspace.

How to use

Structural member command:

  1. Create a skeleton sketch or create a skeleton model, in which lines, curves or model edges will be used as reference geometry for inserting structural members.
  2. Start the command.
  3. Select structural members.

           1. Select the sketch line or curve

           2. Name the structural member (example: AAAA0001 minimum 4 letters and 4 numbers)

           3. Select a standard

           4. Select family

           5. Select size

           6. Select thickness/weight

           7. The orientation of the member

           8. Select desired rotation in degrees

           9. Select desired offset by X-axis in mm (the user can override by writing “in” after the desired offset value)

         10. Select desired offset by Y-axis in mm (the user can override by writing “in” after the desired offset value)

4. If the selection is valid the user will see a visualization of the result. If the user presses the OK button the new structural member will be added as a new body in the main component. The name of the body will be the given name followed by the standard, the family, the size, and the length of the member (example: AAAA0001 GB_EN PFC 100.0x50.0 L=2500.0).

5. If the user starts the command again the default selection for standard, family, size, and thickness/weight will be the same as the previously inserted member. The name will also be the same plus the number incremented by one (example: AAAA0001 the second member will be given the name AAAA0002).

 

The length update function is used to update the length in the members’ names after a change has been done.

The user can switch between the Metric and Imperial systems of measurement for the length displayed in the body’s name.

 

Miter command

  1. Select two members upon execution a miter joint is created between them.

Important! Miter command will work on members inserted with structural member v1.1 or higher.

Important! If you promote the bodies from the main component to a new component the miter command will not work. Promote the bodies when you finish end treatment editing using miter.

 

Trim/extend members to selected face command

  1. Select the desired face or plane.
  2. Select members that you want to trim/extend to the selected face.

Important! Trim/extend command will work on members inserted with structural member v1.1 or higher.

Important! If you promote the bodies from the main component to a new component the trim/extend command will not work. Promote the bodies when you finish editing with the trim/extend command.

 

Notch command

  1. Select a tool member
  2. Select member or members that you want to notch.
  3. Upon execution, the profile of the tool member is cut through all selected members.

Important! Notch command will work on members inserted with structural member v1.1 or higher.

Important! If you promote the bodies from the main component to a new component the notch command will not work. Promote the bodies when you finish editing with a notch command.

 

Export cutting list command

Upon execution, the command creates an excel file on your desktop containing a list of all used members and stacks them together by type and length.

Important! Be careful members created by copying will be included in the list but members created by using pattern or mirror will not (for now).

 

Add custom shape command

  1. Select sketch entities that form the shape.
  2. Add shape sizes and thickness.
  3. Save the shape.

All saved shapes can be found in the custom shape library and can be used the same way you insert other standard shapes.

How to edit standard libraries

Inside app folder usually C:\Users\Username\AppData\Roaming\Autodesk\ApplicationPlugins\Structuralmember.bundle\Contents

Enter the resources folder and you will find all standards as excel files.

Select the desired standard and open the excel file.

You will see the data for the shape and a simple sketch for each shape with its dimensions, follow the established pattern and you can add and remove additional shape sizes and thicknesses.

 

How to add standard libraries

Copy one of the standard excel files and rename it to the standard that you are going to add.

There is an additional folder for each standard containing the flag icon picture.

Copy one of the standards folders and change its name to the standard you chose.

If you want to see a different icon for your new standard you should place a 16x16 pixel png file inside that folder replacing the existing one.

Use the established pattern to populate your data for your new standard following the simple sketch dimensions.

Commands

Installation/Uninstallation

Install:

The installer running when you downloaded this app/plug-in from Autodesk App Store will install the app/plug-in. Or, simply double-click the downloaded installer to install the app/plugin. 

Uninstall:

You can unload the add-in without uninstalling it by clicking the "Stop" button when the add-in is selected in the list box on the "Add-Ins" tab of the "Scripts and Add-Ins" dialogue.

Unchecking "Run on Startup" causes the add-in not to be loaded in future sessions of Autodesk® Fusion 360™.

To uninstall this plug-in, exit the Autodesk product if you are currently running it, simply rerun the installer, and select the "Uninstall" button.

Or, you can uninstall it from 'Control Panel/Programs and Features' (Windows 7/8.1/10), just as you would uninstall any other application from your system.

Additional Information

The standards used for the structural members shapes are as follows

GB-EN – United Kingdom

DIN-EN – Germany

EN - European Standard

ANSI-AISC – USA 

More standards may be added later.

7 days trial available on request.

Disclaimer

Although great care has been taken to ensure, to the best of my knowledge, that all data and information contained herein are accurate, TracianCAD assumes no responsibility for any errors in or misinterpretations of such data and/or information or any loss or damage arising from or related to their use.

Known Issues

Contact

Author/Company Information

TracianCAD

Support Information

Please reach out to me if you have any questions regarding the structural member add-in.

Version History

Version Number Version Description

1.6

- Multy-insert structural members (works well with closed steel shape profiles and suboptimal with open). - Model edges are now selectable when inserting structural members.

1.501

- Fixed a small bug affecting Tapered Flange Channels

1.5

- The libraries with standards can now be edited. - The User can add new standards. - New feature: Add custom shapes.

1.2.0

- 3D sketches can be used now to insert structural members - Notch feature, interface improvement - Cutting list feature, length cells populated only with numbers (L= is removed) - Minor bug fixes

1.1.0

- Trim/Extend command can use plane or face. - Miter command added - Notch command added - Export cutting list command added

1.0.1

- Added new command Trim/Extend members to the selected face. - Length update function improved.

1.0.0

Initial Release
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