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Avontus Designer supports a custom material database that you access through the Material Master. You can use the Material Master to add your own materials to this database to supplement or replace the stock materials provided with each installation. You can use it to edit, duplicate and delete material, and to make material  active or inactive.

Note: If material already exists with the desired dimensions and other options, you may edit this material to use your own part numbers and descriptions. For more information about editing materials, refer to Editing Material below.

This page contains the following:

Adding Material

The Material Master enables you to easily add material to your Avontus Designer material database. Before you begin, make sure to review Working with the Material Master. It explains which information can be entered for each material item.

To add material to the Material Master:

1. Access the Backstage and click Material Master.


The Material Master appears.

2. Click in the available row.

Note: You can also click Add Material to add an item.

There are five ways to enter information into the Material Master:

- Text fields

- Dropdowns

- Checkboxes

- Custom Value Popup

- Color PIcker

Note: To learn about the specific fields, dropdowns, etc., refer to Working with the Material Master.

3. Click in the appropriate text field and change the information it contains. 

4. Click the appropriate dropdown and select the new item.

5. Click the checkbox in the Active column.

6. Click the arrow in the appropriate cell in the Custom Options column and add a custom option.

Note: For a complete list of Custom Options properties and effective values, refer to the Custom Options Index section below. 

The Custom Options popup appears.

a. Click the Name dropdown and select the appropriate name.

b. Click in the Value text field and enter the value for the new item.

Add more options as needed by clicking in the available row and repeating the above two steps.

You can delete an option by selecting it and clicking Delete.

c. Click OK.

 

7. Click the cell in the Color column and select the color from the color picker that appears.


8. Click Save Changes in the top-left corner of the Material Master when you are done. 


Custom Options Index

The following properties are available when using custom options for materials. The effective values listed below change how Avontus Designer matches, displays and uses materials in a drawing. You must enter effective values exactly as shown (capitalization not required). Entering any value other than the exact values listed below is for informational purposes only and will not affect the drawing/materials.

Set Options

Set options allow any alphanumeric values, but only specific values will affect the drawing.

Property Name

Effective Values

AddToLegLength
Alignment
Angle

BracketType

Ledger, NoSpigot, NoTipNode, TieBar 

BridgingBeamType

LadderBeam, LatticeGirder, Truss 

BuildingObjectType
CornerDeckShapeRectangle, Triangle

DeckType

Access, Hatch, Ladder 

Depth
GuadrrailFeature
HandSide
HeaderType

LadderType

HatchDeck, Single, Vertical 

LayherType

Otype, Utype 

LedgerType

Bearer. Runner 

Manufacturer*

AtPac, Harsco, Layher, Scafom 

Material

Alum, Steel, Wood 

NodeType
PartMods

Position

Bottom, End, External, Inside, Internal, Left, Right, Start, Top 

SectionType
Spacing

StairDefaultGuardrail

ChildSafeGuardrail, StandardGuardrail, StairHandrail, VerticalDiagonal 

StairHandrailType

Attached, ChildSafe, Extended, External, Internal, LandingDeck, TopRail 

StairLandingType

BuiltinDeck, ExternalBay, InBayLandingDeck, SideBracket 

StairSupportType

GapCover, GapDeck, Ledger, Transom 

StairType

Compact, DoubleUnit, ModularTreads, StairUnit, Stringer, StringerPlanks 

TransomType

Units

Imperial, Metric, US 

VerticalType

BaseCollar, ClampedHandrailPost, DeckAdaptor, GuardrailPost, HandrailPost, Standard, SupportSpigot, TrimStandard 

*Manufacturer information used for informational purposes only.

Dynamic Options

Dynamic options allow numeric values with units of measure where appropriate.

Example


Use

GroupTagLaddersSteelWideGroups materials commonly used together.
MaxDistance2in

Sets the maximum distance between materials.

Commonly used for decking/planking.

MinDistance 1.5in

Sets the minimum distance between material.

Commonly used for decking/planking.

Priority2.5When multiple (active) materials meet the application requirements for a bay, the priority will determine which material is selected. The lowest numbered items are selected before higher numbered items. 
RefPartNoKSSS20References-dependent parts numbers for select materials. 
StairSteps9Sets the number of steps for a stair/stair unit. 
StairWidth625mmSets the width of a stair/stair unit. 

Editing Material

Scaffolds Designer enables you to edit the characteristics of existing items in the Material Master.

Warning: Editing stock material dimensions is not recommended, as updates may overwrite them. Instead, duplicate the material (refer to Duplicating Stock Material below), make changes to the duplicate item and deactivate the original stock item.

If you would like to prevent materials from being used in drawings, deactivate the item(s). (Refer to Activating/Deactivating Material below.)

Note: Clicking Undo Changes will undo all changes made since the last Save.

For more information about material fields and options, refer to Adding Material above.

For information about deleting or removing materials, refer to Removing Material below.

To edit existing material:

1. Access the Backstage and click Material Master.


The Material Master appears.


There are five ways to enter information into the Material Master:

    • Text fields
    • Dropdowns
    • Checkboxes
    • Custom Value Popup
    • Color PIcker

Note: To learn about the specific fields, dropdowns, etc., refer to Working with the Material Master.

2. Locate the part in the grid.

3. Click in the appropriate text field and change the information it contains. 


4. Click the appropriate dropdown and select the new item.

5. Click the appropriate checkbox in the Active column.

6. Click the arrow in the appropriate cell in the Custom Options column and add a custom option.

Note: For a complete list of Custom Options properties and effective values, refer to the Custom Options Index section above. 

The Custom Options popup appears.

a. Click the Name dropdown and select the appropriate name.

b. Click in the Value text field and enter the value for the new item.

Add more options as needed by clicking in the available row and repeating the above two steps.

You can delete an option by selecting it and clicking Delete.

c. Click OK.

7. Click the cell in the Color column and select the color from the color picker that appears.

8. Repeat the above steps as necessary.

9. Click Save Changes in the top-left corner of the Material Master when you are done. 

Duplicating Stock Material

Avontus Designer enables you to duplicate items in the Material Master.

To duplicate existing material in the Material Master:

1. Access the Backstage and click Material Master.


The Material Master appears.

2. Locate and click the appropriate part in the grid and click Duplicate Selected


The Material Master duplicates the part.

3. Repeat the above step as many times as necessary

4. Click Save Changes in the top-left corner of the Material Master when you are done. 

Activating/Deactivating Material

If you would like to prevent materials from being used in drawings, you can disable it with the the Active option. This is similar to removing materials, but retains the material in the Material Master for possible reactivation, reference, or duplication.

To activate/deactivate material:

1. Access the Backstage and click Material Master.


The Material Master dialog appears.

2. Locate and click the appropriate part in the grid and click its Active checkbox. 

A check in the checkbox means the part is available for use. 


3. Repeat the above step as many times as necessary

4. Click Save in the top-left corner of the Material Master dialog when you are done. 

Removing Material

Avontus Designer enables you to remove items from the Material Master. Any material you remove cannot be recovered, but can be added as a new item if needed.

Warning: Removing stock material may result in missing materials for drawings and in the bill of materials. It is recommended to make unused stock materials Inactive.

If you would like to prevent materials from being used in drawings, disable the option Active. This is similar to removing materials, but retains the material in the Material Master for possible reactivation, reference, or duplication.

To remove existing material from the Material Master:

1. Access the Backstage and click Material Master.


The Material Master dialog appears.

2. Locate and click the appropriate part in the grid and click Remove Material


The Material Master dialog removes the part.

3. Repeat the above step as many times as necessary

4. Click Save in the top-left corner of the Material Master dialog when you are done. 





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