TrussMaker Settings

(Design > Design Extras > TrussMaker)
Timber Construction: click this button to construct wooden trusses.
Hollow Section: click this button to construct rectangular or circular hollow trusses.
Rolled Steel Profile: click this button to construct steel trusses using a variety of profile options.
to Story: this value is the elevation of the truss from the current story.
to Project Zero: this value is the elevation of the truss from Project Zero.
Resolution of Arcs: Enter a value to set the segmentation of any curves that you used to define the outline of the truss.
Note: The value you enter in the Resolution of arcs field is relative to the complete circle, not the arc segment.
Note: To define the different parts of the truss, you must assign different pencolors when drawing the truss outline on the floor plan.
To select a part to work on, either click its pencolor icon, or corresponding button/field, or its outline in the Truss Preview. The thick outline in the preview and a black diamond next to the pen color indicate which part of the truss you are working on. The available parameters depend on the construction type of the truss you are creating.
Width: Enter a value to set the width of the element.
Height: Enter a value to set the height of the element.
Thickness: Enter a value to set the thickness of the element.
Cross Section: Displays the cross section of the selected profile type.
In addition to the above, the Hollow Section type of truss has a number of additional settings.
Profiles: Click a radio button to choose either a rectangular or circular profile.
Thickness: Enter a value for the thickness of the truss part.
For a Rolled Steel Profile only:
Click the Profiles and Positioning pop-ups to choose a shape and placement option for your Rolled Steel Profile.
This tab page is only available for the Rolled Steel Profile construction type. These controls allow you to use customizable junction plates at the points where the truss elements meet.
Without junction plates: Check this radio button if you do not want to use junction plates. If you choose not to use junction plates, the corresponding options are grayed in the dialog box.
With junction plates: Check this radio button to use junction plates.
T: Enter a value to set the thickness of the plates (cross-section).
L: Enter a value for L (length of junction plate).
M: Enter a value for M (minimal overlapping length between profile and junction plate).
When you have finished customizing your truss, click the Save button at the bottom right of the dialog box. You will then be prompted to name the new truss object and place it in your active library.
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