Add More SAF Cross Sections to Mapping List (Export to SAF)

In the Profile Mapping Panel of SAF Export Translator: there are two ways to expand the list of available SAF Cross Sections.

Import SAF Cross Sections from SAF File

This is the preferred method, because you can avoid typing errors.

1.Click SAF Cross Sections.

2.Click the Import button. 

3.Browse for an .xlsx (SAF) file exported for this purpose. (See Prepare and Export a SAF Data File to Ensure Standard Mapping).

4.The SAF Cross Sections from the file (Parametric, Manufactured and Compound types) are added to the dialog: you can sort and select them as needed.

Note: General types and Rectangular/Circular parametric types are not added! 

5.Click OK to add them to the Translator.

Add SAF Cross Sections by Hand

1.Click SAF Cross Sections.

2.Click Add

3.Enter the SAF Cross Section name and Material type by hand.

Note: Only “Manufactured” type SAF Cross Sections can be added here, since they use standard names. 

Default Mapping for Exported Cross Sections

You only need to map 1D Members that use Complex Profiles, because

The thickness of all 2D Members are automatically recognized and mapped. (Their materials are defined based on the Material Mapping panel.)

Rectangular and circular (solid) Beams and Columns are handled automatically by the “Other Rectangular Profiles” and “Other Circular Profiles” default rules: they are converted to “Parametric - Rectangle” or “Parametric - Circle” SAF Cross Sections, with their actual dimensions (height/width or core diameter). (Their materials are defined based on the Material Mapping panel.)

Note: Rectangular or circular profiles which are hollow (tubular) are handled as “Other Profiles”.

The “Other Profiles” default mapping rule applies to all other exported Complex Profiles that have no specific mapping. Its default Type can be either “General” or “Manufactured”.