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JUL 2
2014

Creating Custom Buttons for Parametrics, Reports, and Advanced Selection

Creating custom buttons to your toolbar that run Parametrics, Reports, and Advanced Selections is done easily in SDS/2 version 7.3.

To create a custom button, first access your Toolbar Configuration in Modeling by going to the Options pull-down menu and selecting Toolbar Configuration. 

Next, you will need to create a Custom Launcher by clicking Launcher Manager, open the tab corresponding to which type of launcher is to be created (Parametrics, Reports, Advanced Selections), and select Add.

In the Launcher Edit window, specify the Button text which will make up a text button, specify the Hover text which will pop up when your mouse is hovered over the button, specify the Script which is the Parametric, Report, or Advanced Selection file that is to be run when the button is clicked. Small icon and Large icon are optional fields used to specify picture buttons that can be placed on the toolbar instead of a text button. Once OK is clicked, the Hover text specified will be shown in the list of available launchers.

To add a custom button to your toolbar, close the Launcher Manager, choose Parametric Launchers, Report Launchers, or Selection Launchers from the Command Group: drop-down menu, and drag the button to the desired location on your toolbar.

JUN 2
2014

AISC Single Angle Thickness Requirements

When designing single-angle connections, SDS/2 will follow the recommended minimum angle thicknesses found on page 10-133 of the AISC 14th Edition Manual. Recommended minimum angle thicknesses are 3/8 in. for 3/4 in. and 7/8 in. diameter bolts and 1/2 in. for 1 in. diameter bolts.

Users specify the angle size for SDS/2 to use when designing single-angle connections in Job or Fabricator Options > Standard Fabricator Connections > Clip Angle Configurations > Single, Bolted if bolted, or Single, Welded if welded.

Single Bolted

If the angle thickness specified is less than the AISC recommended minimum, a failed message of Angle thickness less than minimum required by AISC will be seen in the beam edit window when a single-angle connection is specified.

Failed Message

To override this AISC requirement, turn on the Design non-AISC single angle connections check box found in Job or Fabricator Options > Design Criteria.

Design Criteria

JAN 29
2014

New and Improved Material Operations

In recent releases of SDS/2, new and improved material operations have been added to make modeling miscellaneous materials more efficient. In version 7.313, Material Cut Layout was improved to allow cutting multiple materials at one time, rather than only one as was permitted in the past. Multiple Material Rotate is a tool that was added in version 7.318, which allows users to pick multiple materials to rotate them all at one time. Version 7.318 also added new functionality to parametrics to aid in creating mirrors and other copies of materials.

Material Cut Layout will work nearly identical as it did in versions prior to version 7.313. Once the command is invoked, users will be prompted to select materials to cut, once all the materials to cut are selected you must right-click and choose OK to confirm your selection or hit Enter on the keyboard. Once the selection is made, pick the layout to be cut. As an example, the picture below depicts cuts in two bent plate materials made at one time using cut layout.

Multiple Material Rotate is a new tool added in version 7.318 which allows users to pick multiple materials and rotate them simultaneously after first picking the axis to rotate the materials about. Not only does this allow users to rotate multiple materials, but satisfies a long standing request to be able to pick a point to rotate materials about. To do this, after the command is invoked, pick the material to be rotated and confirm the selection by right clicking and choosing OK or hit Enter on the keyboard. SDS/2 will now prompt for two axis points. If the same point is picked for both axis points, the material will rotate in the current working plane about that point. The picture below depicts a bent plate material that was rotated 15 degrees about the intersection of the construction lines using Multiple Material Rotate.

The new parametric functionality can be taken advantage of by downloading and using the Material Copy and Material Mirror parametrics from the parametric download page on the SDS/2 support site.

To learn more about the newly added material operations, attend the upcoming support webinar Enhancements and Tips for Modeling Material. Click here to register for this webinar.

If you have questions, please contact your SDS/2 support representative.