In the first screenshot, you will see that I am attempting to cut an opening into the top flange of the beam, using the Polycut as shown. I only want to cut the top flange. In the second screenshot, this shows the Shape Properties, and the cut is obviously not shown graphically. The profile of the cut I want, is shown in orange, whereas the cut profile according to the Shape Properties is shown in red, but the cut is not evident or shown correctly. Of note: When I cut the part using the "Complete" setting in the POSITION box, it works just fine...but I don't want to cut the full beam, just the top flange!
Current version: ProStructures Connect Edition Update 5 - Version 10.05.01.11
I have used this tool hundreds of times in ProSteel SS10 and older versions, without any issue. This tool is much faster than using Notches to do the same thing. I have checked every conceivable setting, config variable and attributes setting and cannot seem to find the fix. Any help would be appreciated.
And now I see that for some reason the images were flipped when I hit the Post button. Those who are familiar with what I am attempting to show will get the idea...I hope!
Hello Frank DeRose,
Thanks for posting this query in Bentley Community Forum.As far as I understood, you just want to cut the top flange. In that case you have two possibilities.
1. Either you can use Polycut in modify tool, but since you want to cut only the top flange you need to select the option "Position" as Upper Half.
2. Or you can use Notch tool where after selecting the point you have the option to provide Width, Height and Depth and according to your input it will create Notch for you and this is applicable for any elements irrespective element type.
I have also attached a video to explain this. Hope this will help you. Looking forward to your update.
Regards,Sandip KarProduct Engineer - Bentley Systems
Hello Frank, it would be kind if you can attach your drawing for further clarity. Many Thanks. As said by you the options besides the non-complete cut option do not seem to give correct results. And notches are too slow for you as you say.
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The drawing size is fairly large, and does contain company specific information that I am not at liberty to share at this time.
As my post indicates, the Polycut by Polygon tool, using the "top-half" or "bottom half" POSITION does not work correctly in ProStructures Connect Edition.
My feeling is, this tool (or at least one aspect of the tool) isn't functioning as it should, and I am wondering if anyone else has experienced this issue, or if Bentley is aware and has it planned as a "bug fix" in a forthcoming update?
I know how to use the tool, as I have been working with ProStructures/ProSteel since Bentley first introduced it several years ago. I have close to 20 years of 3D modelling experience with many of Bentley's programs, including Structural Modeler, ProSteel, STAAD, ProStructures, OpenPlant AEOCSIM and others, not to mention Catia, PRO-E, Solidworks. Civil 3D and a half dozen other AutoCad programs I have used over the years too.
The issue is not a matter of training to use the tool, the issue is that the tool is not working correctly. My feeling is that there is a "bug" in the tool. I have asked my other colleagues, and they are having the same issue, so I am reaching out to the Bentley Communities to see if this issue is known or unknown, and if everyone else isn't having the issue, then maybe we need to do a re-install of the software. If there are others who are having the same issue, then it's possible this is a "bug" that Bentley needs to address and fix.
Thank you for your reply, and the assistance...but this is not the answer I am looking for at this time.