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Doug Morton

Learn all about the Structures and Buildings tool in the Graitec PowerPack for Autodesk Advance Steel

Graitec PowerPack Advance Steel Structures Buildings
Optimize your work by defining and saving commonly used structures. With the Graitec PowerPack for Autodesk Advance Steel an entire structure can be defined and saved for reuse from project to project, eliminating the need to restart common structures each and every time. This tool utilizes an easy to use but in-depth rule-based system to generate many different types of structures. These structur...
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Janet Black

How to export a 3D PDF of a model structure using the Graitec PowerPack for Autodesk Advance Steel

Power Pack Advance Steel Toolbar2
Time and time again I am asked, is it possible to create a 3D Pdf of a model structure while using Advance Steel. Well the Graitec PowerPack2020 for Advance Steel 3D Pdf Export will allow just that! The 3D Pdf Export tool is located on the Tools category of the Graitec PowerPack tab. This tool allows you to create a 3d Pdf file where your client can explore, pan, rotate, and view it in different v...
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Janet Black

How to add a 3/8” Bolt Diameter to the A325 Bolt Type in Autodesk Advance Steel 2020

A325 Type Bolt Advance Steel Type 1
ISSUE When using a Type 1 Tread type in Autodesk Advance Steel 2020 , you notice the 3/8” bolt diameter does not exist for the A325 bolt type. The 3/8” bolts will not be there by default because it is a mechanical bolt. SOLUTION 1. Open the Advance Steel Management Tools and go the Preferred Sizes category. 2. Add the 3/8” bolt from the Available Classes to the Preferred classes. 3. Select the App...
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Doug Morton

Exploring the Staggered Connection tool in the Graitec PowerPack for Autodesk Advance Steel

PowerPack Advance Steel Staggered Connection Studs
When bolting plates and /or members together, not all solutions require a rectangular or circular pattern of bolts. When a staggered connection is required, the Graitec PowerPack for Autodesk Advance Steel has you covered. Using the staggered connection option, a user can opt to place staggered studs, bolts, anchors or holes into elements for a variety of reasons. Where Studs are concerned these c...
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Janet Black

How to add borders around gratings and plates in the Graitec PowerPack for Autodesk Advance Steel

PowerPack Advance Steel Plate Boarder Panel
The Gratings/ Plates border found in the Graitec PowerPack for Autodesk Advance Steel is a great toolset for adding borders around plates and grating components. You can add internal and external boundaries to selected gratings or plates. It allows you to control and modify profiles from both the internal and external openings independently. The Gratings/ Plates border toolset is located on the Gr...
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Doug Morton

How to create Stiffeners in the Graitec PowerPack for Autodesk Advance Steel

Graitec PowerPack Advance Steel Stiffner
Placing stiffeners has never been so easy. When working with standard elements that require a single or even a series of stiffeners be placed, the Create Stiffener tool will help to speed things up. Stiffeners can be placed into symmetrical and non-symmetrical standard shapes regardless if the flanges are the same or not. If the shape has a flange on the top and bottom that varies then it will aut...
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Janet Black

How to use the Platform Cover tool in the Graitec PowerPack for Autodesk Advance Steel 2020

Graitec PowerPack Advance Steel Platform Cover
The Graitec PowerPack for Autodesk Advance Steel offers many great functions. One of them is the Platform Cover tool that I will be exploring in this blog. Ideal connection for use with footbridges, walkways and access platforms and stairs. They can even be used for adding acoustic panels. Simply select the outer members like the beam, then the supporting members. You can choose from the library o...
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Janet Black

How to retrieve missing drawings from the Document Manager in Autodesk Advance Steel 2020

Advance Steel Assembly drawing A604 Document Manager
ISSUE: The Assembly drawing of A604 was in the file path folder Details of the reflective project, however it is not visible in the Document Manager of the structure. RESOLUTION: Delete the .UPD file of A604 assembly drawing from the server location. Now that the link is broken you will have to cancel the document from the drawing and register it back. I went back to the model structure and "Cance...
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Doug Morton

How to use the Lifting Lugs tool in the Graitec PowerPack for Autodesk Advance Steel

Advance Steel Lifting Lug tool
The Lifting Lugs tool from the Graitec PowerPack for Autodesk Advance Steel offers a convenient way to add lifting lugs to just about any element in a variety of different ways. When adding lugs to a shape or complex part, the tool is capable of determining the center of gravity and utilizing this point in the placement of the lifting lug. Additionally, lifting lugs can be welded or bolted at any ...
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Janet Black

How to use the Beam Repeated toolset in the Graitec PowerPack for Autodesk Advance Steel

PowerPack Advance Steel Beam Repeated Productivity
Today we will take a look at the Beam Repeated toolset in the Graitec PowerPack for Autodesk Advance Steel . The Productivity category contains specific tools for faster modelling such as beam, repeated, continuous, and lengthen. With the Beam repeated tool you can draw several beams in a single session, without having to enter each time to adjust each beam length. Before starting, invoke the Node...
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