ProSteel and Structural have a rather large library of shapes. Despite this, sometimes users just can't seem to find the exact shape they need. This can be anything from a field fabricated shape or some custom shape that will be manufactured for just one job. It could also be something more common that just wasn't included in the tools and a user would like to make available. Prosteel/Structural provide the users with a command that will allow them to add pre-defined shapes created with a Polyline or a Block within an AutoCAD model. They can then use these shapes just as they would use other ProSteel/Structural shapes. Since ProSteel replaced Structural, this TechNote will be referring to the ProSteel version, however the steps are the same in both versions.
Now that the shape has been added, it can be placed the same way all other shapes in ProSteel are inserted. Simply go to ProSteel>Shapes..., change the Shape Type to User Shapes and then locate the Catalog that was created under the Shape Class section. Then select the shape name under the Shape Size section.
Now the shape is ready for placement and it can be placed using any of the normal commands in this dialog that would be used to place other ProSteel shapes. One thing to note, if the shape doesn't appear in the preview box, then try reloading ProSteel. Sometimes, the User Shapes don't appear if they were created in the same section that they are being placed.
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