Autodesk Advance Steel 2021 Joint Groups


When one learns Advance Steel, it is confusing when all joints do not update when the joint properties are changed in the library definition.

The library definition is only useful on creation or reapplication of a joint definition, not to control the joint from a definition. If one would like to have the joint behave like a traditional AutoCAD block, where an update to the block definition updates all the block instances, it is necessary to use “master” and “slave” joints within joint groups.

The process is relatively simple. Define the master joint by giving it a unique name, then use the create joint in a group command to slave a joint to the master. One selects the master first, then the elements that define the members that the joint is dependent on. In this example, I am using a stair base plate as an example.

If you would like to adopt Autodesk Advance Steel in your practice, please contact Micrographics so we may be of assistance.