Vertex Point (VTPT) ( Modeling & Drawing Editor )

Tool summary :

  • VTPT stands for "Vertex Point." It is a snap for locating a point at the corner of a material in the Drawing Editor or Modeling .
  • Want an intersection of construction lines at the exact center of a rectangular face of a material? Use VTPT to add construction lines through opposite corners of the rectangular face.
  • On the top flange of a wide flange, VTPT can snap to points where the left or right edge of the material intersects the top flange center line or the near side and far side faces of the web or the edges of the near side or far side fillet. You can also use VTPT to snap to noticed points .
  • See the example and the step-by-step instructions .

Also see :

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   Examples :

The pointers in this illustration indicate the position of vertex points on material in the Drawing Editor .

These pointers show the position of vertex points on material in Modeling .

Construction Line Add Material draws construction lines through vertex points of a material as illustrated above.

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   Locating a point using VTPT :

1 . Begin this operation in Modeling or the Drawing Editor . In Modeling , members need to be displayed in a solids form in order for you to be able to locate material vertex points.

1a : Invoke Construction Line Add or Add Bevel Symbol or any other tool that permits the use VTPT as a Locate option.

2 . Various Locate icons become active, and the status line prompts you to locate a point.

2a : Select the VTPT icon or choose Locate > Vertex Point or select ' VTPT ' on the Set Location Mode toolbar item or , if you want to use Auto point location, move your mouse pointer as described in step 2b.

Vertex text indicates that VTPT is active

2b : Place the mouse pointer ( ) so that the point location target ( ) snaps to the vertex point that is closest to the mouse pointer. The X-Y-Z display shows the coordinates of the point. Left-click ( Locate ) to locate (place) a point at the center of the target.

2c : Continue to perform the operation you began in step 1a.

Tip: For second point location (step 3 if these instrucitions were to continue), you can optionally type in a distance and/or angle to constrain the second point to the typed-in distance/angle from the first point. The distance/angle you type will be shown in brackets [ ] in the status line .

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