Welds in Advance Steel can be copied using both the AutoCAD copy command and Advance Steel's commands.
- We have two elements connected with a weld. Open the Advance Copy dialog box, select one of the beams and input a defined copy distance. The object selection should be done without the weld.
- Check "Include additional connections".
After you click OK, the copy is done. If at the copied position, the element finds the other connected object in the same relative position, this tool will also copy the weld, and make the required connection. If not, then you will be asked to input a new support element for the weld to be created.
Or, if the copy distance is too big and it generates the element outside the support beam:
The feature can be used to copy the weld object. This does not require the "Include additional connection" option to be checked. The two options this copy has are:
- If the weld is copied to a position where it can find a similar beam configuration, the weld will connect them.
See the following figure. All the instances where the weld is copied (500 distance on X, same distance as the one between the beams) have a beam configuration as in the initial case. This means that the weld will be copied and the link between the objects will be done.
- A weld is copied to places where it cannot find the support beams. In this case, the "Select corresponding entity [Skip]" option will appear, asking you to assign connected elements to each weld.