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Snap points: tips and tricks

The snap points in SCIA are a powerful and easy tool to help you in the modelling phase. We’ll show here below some of the most particular options.

The snap points can be found in either in the “Tools” Menu, under “Cursor snap setting” or selecting the icon in the command line.

Snap points SCIA Engineer     Snap points SCIA Engineer
 

Points on line/curve - length

This option can allow you to add snap points to a defined distance and eventually to repeat it several times.

When you can use it: model an element or a property at a certain distance of an existing element, on its axis.

Points on line/curve - length

Example: In the element below, we added snap points every meter, for 4 meters, both at the beginning and at the end of the element.

N.B. : a hover box will tell you the information about the snap point selected

Points on line/curve - length

 

Points on line/curve – N-ths

This option can allow you to add a number of snap points evenly distributed along the elements.

When you can use it: model an element which needs to be repeated and distributed along an element, as for example

Points on line/curve – N-ths

Example: In the element below, we added n.10 snap points evenly distributed along the element.

N.B. : a hover box will tell you the information about the snap point selected

Points on line/curve – N-ths

 

Surface edges

This option can allow you to add snap points along the surface of the rendered view.

When you can use it: model an element with a certain offset, model a 2D element based on the shape of the 1D element, measure distances and thicknesses.

Surface edges

Example: In the element below, the snap point selected (midpoints and endpoints in this case) will be available either along the 1D or 2D elements or along the surface of the section of the elements.

Surface edges   Surface edges

Tip: you could measure the thickness of a slab with variable thickness in a selected point.

Surface edges