|Finish Finish is user-definable. It describes how the part surface has been treated, e.g. with anti-
corrosive paint, hot galvanized, fire retardant coating, etc.
Class Use Class to group parts. To display parts of different classes in different colors, click View >
Representation > Object Representation… and select Color by class in the Color list box.
Tekla Structures contains standard, parametric, and user-defined profiles.
Standard profiles When you first start Tekla Structures, the profile catalog contains standard, environment-specific profiles. The properties of these library profiles conform to industry standards, so you should not edit them. You can add profiles to the profile catalog. See The profile catalog in the online help.
Parametric Parametric profiles are partly user-definable, they have a predefined shape, but you determine
profiles their size by giving one or more parameters. You can use parametric profiles to closely “model”
profiles that are standard in specific environments, but do not exist in the Tekla Structures profile catalog. Parametric profile names have specific prefixes and include dimension values. These are described in Appendix A, Parametric Profiles If you want to define alternative prefixes for parametric profiles, see Customizing parametric profiles in the online help. Dimension values in parametric profile names are separated by standard separators -, X, /, or *. If you want to define additional separators, see XS_PARAMETRIC_PROFILE_SEPARATOR and XS_USER_DEFINED_PARAMETRIC_PROFILE_SEPARATORS in the online help.
User-defined You can also create your own profiles and save them in the profile catalog. For example, you
profiles could create a user-defined profile pitched, with different cross sections at the beginning and end
of the profile. You can also define cross sections. To create user-defined cross sections, you pick the points which define the cross section corners. To create your own profiles, see Sketching and using cross sections
and Adding a standard (fixed) user-defined profile in the online help.
Selecting a profile
To select the profile of a part, click Select… next to the Profile field in the part properties dialog box. The Select Profile dialog box appears.