Creating a Beam Using Point and Length

This task shows how to create a beam using point and length

With your 3-D session open, click the Beam button . The Beam dialog box displays with the Geometry tab selected.



Select from the Category drop down list. (This task uses Beam as an example.)

You can select More to display the Class Browser, and select from what is available in the catalog.

The name of the beam is assigned automatically, using the object naming rules. If you want to assign your own name to the beam, uncheck the Automatic box and enter a name.

  3. Select Point and Length from the Type drop down list.

  4. In the Point field, select points where you want to create beams. You can do any of the following:
  • Select the extremities of existing beams. (The extremity nearest your selection point is the one selected.)
  • Select a point in your 3-D session, or a point on the plane system grid. (Make sure the Selectable Points checkbox is selected on the Plane System Grid dialog box.)
  • Right-click and select from the list of GSD stacking commands.

You see the beams display as you make your selections.

  5. When selecting points, you can click  alongside the Point field, and the Point dialog box displays.

The Point dialog box lists the points you selected.

You can use the dialog box to replace a point with another point.

  1. Select the point you want to replace from the list, and click the Replace button.
  2. Select a point in the 3-D session, and this point displays in the Point dialog box list in place of the original point. (The corresponding beam moves to the location of the point on the grid.)
  6. You can also remove points from the list in the Point dialog box. Select the points you want to remove from the list, and click the Remove button.

The selected points are removed from the list, and the corresponding beams are deleted in the 3-D session, and in the specifications tree.

Click Close when you have made all the necessary changes.

NOTE: If the points you removed from the list were selected on the plane system grid, or were created using the list of GSD stacking commands, the points are removed from the 3-D session. If you used the Generative Shape Design workbench to create points, these points are not removed from the 3-D session.

  7. In the Length field, enter the desired length of the beams.
  8. In the Direction field, select a line or plane in your 3-D session to select the direction for the beam, or you can right-click and select from the list of GSD stacking commands.

NOTE: The Direction field displays xy plane as the default selection. If you clear the selection and right click, only the GSD stacking commands beginning from Create Line are available.

  9. You can click the Reverse Direction button to change the orientation of the beams.

Click OK on the Beam dialog box when you are done.

  10. You can change the values of a beam by double clicking on the beam in your 3-D session.

The Beam dialog box displays. Change the values as required.

Some fields are not available, and cannot be changed (such as Category).