Tips for Parametrization

Tips & Tricks

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For recurring elements such as certain structural components or standard parts, it is possible to use the parameterization of a basic model. In the program, the main elements do not represent components but the corresponding node and therefore, they have to be parameterized. For example, a member is not defined by the length, but by the start and end nodes. In this way of modeling, complex formulas may occur especially in the case of three-dimensional structures.

To keep the effort low and to get an efficient and successful parameter model, here are some tips:
1. To avoid having to parameterize intermediate nodes on lines, you can often use the type "Node on Line." 1. If partial lines between the "nodes on line" are required, lines can be created subsequently on the line.
2. For circles or arcs consisting of three points, all nodes would have to be parameterized individually. 2.It can be avoided by using the "Circle by Center and Radius" type. 2.eser can be parameterized by its radius. 2.If several segments are required on the circle, you can also use "Nodes on Line" and thus create additional partial lines of the "Arc by Three Nodes" type.
3. By using reference nodes, it is possible to move an entire cloud of points using only one parameterized node. 3.e Points only need to have specified this one desired node as reference node.
4. It is often useful to split a large structure into individual elements so that the entire structure does not have to be parameterized. The individual elements can then be saved as a block and the parameters of the block can be adjusted when importing. The disadvantage is that the parameters are lost after the import and thus a change in the model is only possible by deleting and re-importing.
5. Especially when creating many formulas, which are the same over large areas, an Excel export (with subsequent import) can save a lot of work, because the editing of the tables is even more comfortable (formulas can be exported).


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