Step 10b: Placing Submaterials on Gather Sheets

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Purpose of gather sheets :

Gather sheets are used to place submaterial details on. Submaterials are typically placed onto gather sheets before they can be plotted . You can, however, print a submaterial directly -- even before it has been placed onto a sheet -- by using File > Print .

The sheet outline for a gather sheet typically does not include a bill of material.

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The fastest way of creating a gather sheet :

The quickest way to place submaterials onto gather sheets is Gather Sheet Autoloading .

Not only does Gather Sheet Autoloading create one or more new sheets for you, it also places submaterial details onto the sheets it creates.

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Another fast way of creating a gather sheet :

If in the Drawing Editor you are accessing a gather sheet onto which you have already placed submaterial details, use File > Save Reuse to exit and save your current sheet and create a new gather sheet based on the same sheet outline.

Please note that the submaterial details saved on the original gather sheet are not copied to the new gather sheet file that is created from the original.

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Creating a gather sheet using "New ..." :

1 . Begin this operation in any type of Drawing Editor drawing.

1a : Choose File > Open.

2 . A drawing selection dialog opens.

2a : On the lower, right part of this selection dialog, select the radio button for " Gather Sheets ."

2b : Press the " New ... " button.

3 . The Drawing Name window opens.

3a : To " Drawing Name ," type in the name (up to 61 characters) you want to give the gather sheet.

3b : Press the " OK " button at the bottom of the window.

4 . A selection dialog opens. On it is a listing of all sheet outlines in your current Job .

4a : Double-click the listing of a particular sheet outline to select that sheet outline.

Note: Bill of material information is not automatically compiled for submaterials. For submaterials, you will probably want to use a sheet outline that does not have a bill of material on it.

5 . Your new gather sheet appears on screen.

5a ( optional ): At this point you can Sheet Item Add to place submaterial details on your sheet or make other modifications to the sheet.

5b : Choose File > Save (or choose File > Open and save your changes) to cause the gather sheet file to be written to disk.

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Manually placing submaterial details onto gather sheets :

To manually place details on sheets in the Drawing Editor , use Objects > Sheet Items > Add .

Tip: The Submaterial Piecemark List is a report which itemizes submaterials associated with particular details and lists the section size, steel grade and length of material required for a single submaterial. This report can help you determine which submaterial details you want to place on which gather sheets. It is especially useful if you plan to send the report to the shop along with the gather sheets.

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After placing submaterial details onto sheets :

You can use Change Marks to change submaterial marks.

Gather sheets as well as submaterial marks can be renamed using Home > Utilities > Utility Functions Rename > Rename Project Items .

If you change marks in either of these ways, the submaterial mark is changed globally throughout your current Job. The new piecemark will be used for all references to that piece of material in subsequently generated reports, on currently generated member details and member bills of material, as well as in the 3D model and in currently generated submaterial details.

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Please also note :

You can place a submaterial detail on more than one gather sheet using Sheet Item Add . You can also place the same submaterial on the same gather sheet as many times as you like. Member details , erection views and job standard details can also be added as sheet items , along with submaterials, to a gather sheet.

If you interactively alter a submaterial -- or any other sheet item -- that has been placed on a sheet, that drawing is also automatically updated on the sheet.

If the quantity of a submaterial changes in the model (and the box for " Show submaterial quantity " is checked in Member and Material Piecemarking ), that submaterial is automatically marked for detailing. A submaterial is also marked for detailing if, for example, you change the material and retain the same piecemark. To tell which submaterials are marked for detailing, choose Process > Detail Submaterial -- those materials that are automatically selected on the selection dialog are the materials that are marked for detailing.

If you delete the original drawing file that a sheet item which is placed on a sheet is linked to, that sheet item is removed from the sheet.

You can delete gather sheets using Home > Utilities > Utility Functions > Delete > Delete Job Items . Deleting gather sheets does not erase the submaterial details placed on them. It does, however, remove the " placed on sheet flag " from any submaterial details placed on the gather sheet.

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