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Tech Tip: Miscellaneous – Flats

Tech Tip: Miscellaneous – Flats

To assist with fabrication, SDS/2 allows users to input in-stock or commonly used flats into the software by filling out the Miscellaneous – Flats table (found under Fabricator options > Standard Fabricator Connections with available sizes). When possible, SDS/2 will select materials from this list if a system-designed shear plate, end plate, or stiffener size matches. SDS/2 will also give a flat bar description to user-created plates and flat bars that match a size in the Miscellaneous – Flats table. Filling this table out and allowing SDS/2 to automatically assign flat bar prefixes for plates that match one of the sizes helps ensure that the fabricator can use their preferred and available flat bar sizes.

When designing shear plate connections, SDS/2 will size the plate width based on field clearance plus member edge distance plus horizontal edge distance for shear plates. If the designed thickness and width are the same size as a flat in the Miscellaneous – Flats table, then the plate will be assigned a flat bar description with the appropriate prefix to match, even though a rectangular plate material is used to generate the solids rather than an actual flat bar. The prefix can be set by the user in Fabricator options > Member and Material Piecemarking Options under the Prefixes tab. If the plate does not match a size in the Miscellaneous – Flats table, SDS/2 will round the plate width up to the nearest ½ inch and a plate description with the appropriate prefix for plate material will be assigned. 

The same holds true if a user-created plate size matches a size in the Miscellaneous – Flats table. SDS/2 will automatically assign a flat bar description with the appropriate prefix to match.  

If you have further questions on using Miscellaneous - Flats, please contact your SDS/2 Support Representative.