Detail Submaterial ( Home & 3D & 2D)

Tool summary :

  • Creates 2D submaterial details of any materials that you select from a list of all submaterial piecemarks in the 3D model.
  • The Submaterial Annotations and Dimensioning window can optionally be opened when you Detail Submaterial . Settings applied to the window affect the output of the selected submaterial drawing(s) and are remembered for the next time you output those same drawings.

    Links on this illustraton go to a diferent help page. To open the window shown here, press " Settings " in step 2 .
  • Detail Submaterial is the only way that you can create submaterial details.
  • A submaterial is a single piece of material that can be produced in quantities and shop attached to different members. For example, duplicates of a clip angle can be bolted to more than one beam.
  • A submaterial detail shows the total quantity of that submaterial that is used in the 3D model if the box is checked for Home > Project Settings > Fabricator > Member and Material Piecemarking > the " Submaterial " tab > " Show submaterial quantity on submaterial details ."
  • See the step-by-step instructions

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   Step-by-step instructions :

1 . Invoke Detail Submaterial using any one (1) of the following methods:

  • At Home , choose Utilities > Process/Detail > Detail Submaterial.
  • On your ribbon in Modeling or the Drawing Editor , click the Detail Submaterial icon. If the icon is not currently on the ribbon, you can add it using the Ribbon Editor . In the Ribbon Editor . choose Process > Detail Submaterial .
  • Use a keyboard shortcut (if one has been set up). Detail Submaterial is in the keyboard configuration " Command group " called ' Process '.
  • Use the appropriate mouse binding in the appropriate mode. In Mode Configuration , the tool can be selected from the " Command group " called ' Process '.

2 . A selection dialog opens. On it is a selection list of materials, identified by their submaterial mark . " Existing " materials and " Detail complete " materials and " Zero quantity material " are hidden by default. Submaterials that have not yet been detailed or whose quantities have changed are automatically selected on the list.


Press the " Settings " button to open the Submaterial Annotations and Dimensioning window, which has settings that are saved with the selected drawing(s).

Submaterials that are marked for automatic detailing are highlighted automatically. All submaterials that have never been detailed are marked for detailing. If " Show submaterial quantity on submaterial details " is on (checked) in Member and Material Piecemarking (Fabricator Setup), then a change in a material's quantity in the model marks that submaterial for automatic detailing.

(optional) : Select one or more submaterials, then press the " Settings " button to open the Submaterial Annotations and Dimensioning window for that/those submaterials. Unless you are detailing for the first time, the window will show the settings that were specified when the window was last opened. If you are detailing for the first time, the window will be populated with the Detailing Defaults (Fabricator Setup). Changes you make to the Submaterial Annotations and Dimensioning window will be saved when you press " OK " to close the window. Example: You save settings for one group of submaterials and different settings for a different group. When you select both groups of submaterials in Alternative 2 , the two groups are detailed differently, based on the different settings that you specified for each group.

Alternative 1 : If you want to detail only one material, double-click the submaterial mark of that material. Go to step 3 (if applicable) or to step 4. .

Alternative 2 : You may, at this point, select or deselect submaterials. With one or more submaterials selected, press the " OK " button at the bottom of the selection dialog. Go to step 3 (if applicable) or to step 4. .

Alternative 3 : Press the " Cancel " button to end the Detail Submaterial operation. Do not continue. Be aware, however, that " Cancel " does not cancel a change of " Settings ." Any changes you made to Submaterial Annotations and Dimensioning have already been saved and will be retained.

3 . (if applicable) : If User and Site Options > Drawings > " Always show Annotations and Dimensioning window " is turned on (checked), the Submaterial Annotations and Dimensioning window opens, allowing you to review or edit the settings that will be applied to the submaterials you selected for detailing. Mixed entries to this window are designated in the usual manner. Press the " OK " button to save changes and continue.

4 . A progress bar illustrates the progress of the automatic detailing as it takes place.

4a : When the progress bar reaches 100%, the progress bar window will close automatically if the box is checked ( ) for " Close when done ." If the window does not close automatically, you can close it by checking that same box or by pressing the " OK " button.

4b : If applicable, you will receive warning or alert messages. For example, checking the box for " Detail with revisions " may result in your receiving a message notifying you that auto detailing incremented the " Sheet revision " of the sheet that a submaterial detail you selected is on.

5 . You may now, if you so choose, start up the Drawing Editor in order to review or make changes to the drawings you have created.

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