Steel3D-Chinese Structural Steel Shapes created as a 3D solid can be placed as a columns or beams by two methods. By turning on the toggle “Select Lines For Extrusion” you are able to select multiple lines in 3D model space. When the toggle is Off, you place the shape then specify the height by moving the cursor out to the required height or type the height in.
Shapes are created from the dimensional data in the Chinese Steel Database. Shape can be automatically rotated about the placement point in the default 45 degree increments after placement. Shapes are placed vertically by selecting the placement point and height of shape. Or, extruded along several lines placed in 3D model space.
Includes these steel shapes from the Chinese library database:
- HM – Steel W Shapes
- HN – Steel W Shapes
- HW – Steel W Shapes
- I – Steel I Shapes
- HT – Steel W Shapes
- TM – Steel T Shapes
- TN – Steel T Shapes
- TW – Steel T Shapes
- C – Steel Channels
- L – Steel Angles
- CHS – Round Hollow Pipe Shapes
- RHS – Rectangular Hollow Tube Shapes
- SHS – Square Hollow Tube Shapes
Shapes can be placed vertically by selecting the placement point and height of shape. Or, extruded along several lines placed in 3D model space.
Shape placement options include:
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