Starting with Advance Steel 2011 the user can define more easily new bolts using the Graitec Advance Manager (GAM) application.
To create a new bolt, perform the following steps:
2. Open the "Bolt" menu and select any of the existing bolts. Right click and select "New".
"Source" – represents the norm of the bolt. This information can be displayed in the BOM lists.
"Explodable" – when selected the bolt assembly will be displayed in the BOM lists separated in every component (i.e., bolt, nut, washer) all under the part name "FAQ bolt". If this option is not selected then the bolt assembly will be displayed as a whole in the lists.
d1 – bolt diameter
k – head thickness
s – head width
lg – grip length
For the example in this FAQ we will consider a bolt with the characteristics from the table on the left.
4. Go to the "Bolt" tab and insert the head width (A - 46mm), thickness (B - 17mm) and number of corners (6) in the first 3 fields. For a bolt with a round head the number of corners is 0.
Below these fields is a table in which you must define each bolt by its length, weight and part name.
The part name of the bolt is displayed in the BOM lists and that is why it must be something descriptive. In the example I defined this value as "Bolt M27-70" for the first bolt. If you want to be more specific you can also add the norm of the bolt to the name, in this case you will have "Bolt M27-70 DIN 6914".
In the first table I added, using the plus sign, a single washer and in the second table I added a washer and a nut.
You can select from a variety of nuts and washers that are already present in the database. The nut and washers that I selected have the characteristics from the windows on the right side.
Please see the table with the bolt characteristics from above (from point 3). For a better understanding I have contoured out the values that I entered in "Rule 1" and "Rule 2".
If you go back to the "Bolts" tab you will see that the second table has been completed automatically, with the bolt lengths and grip lengths, after setting the rules (Rule1 and Rule 2).
The values in this table coincide with the ones of the bolt characteristics.
Click "Apply" to save all these configurations.
After this you can close the Graitec Advance Manager (GAM). The newly created bolt will be available in bolt patterns and joints.