Tech Tip: 4 Steps for Creating a 1½” Diameter Threaded Rod

19 October 2023Advance SteelDesign, steel, Structural, Tips and Tricks



In a recent support case, I helped a frustrated user who was trying to create a 1½” diameter threaded rod. When we finished the support case, he was very happy. Following are the steps you can use in Autodesk Advance Steel to accomplish the same.

Step 1 – Add the diameter to the preferred sizes:

  1.  Open the Management Tools.
threaded rod Advance Steel

2.  Select the Preferred Size, expand the Anchor flyout and from the available classes, double-click on the 1½” diameter to add it to the Preferred Classes.

Advance Steel threaded rod

In the event there are two or more occurrences of diameters, one is for inches and the other is for metric.

You must change the units to the highest precision to use the correct unit. For this demonstration, Imperial will be used.

Step 2 – Unit Selection:

  1.  Open the Advance Steel Management Tools.
threaded rod menu advance steel

2.  Select the Units Selection category.

units selection advance steel

3.  Change the unit selection to the highest, then select the Apply button in the lower right of the window.

threaded rod units selection

Step 3 – Adding the diameter to the Preferred Classes:

  1.  Select the Preferred Sizes Category.
threaded rod preferred sizes

2. Expand the Anchor category. From the sub tree, select the Diameter.

3. Search for 1½” diameter among the list of the Available classes and double click on it to append it to the Preferred Classes below.

advance steel management tools

4. Select the Home tab >Default category.

5. Select the Load Settings in Advance icon.

advance steel settings

Step 4 – Adding the diameter to the Anchor:

  1. Select the Anchors category from the Management Tools.
advance steel management tools

2. Expand the Anchors flyout.

3. Scroll to US Threaded Anchors and on the Parameters tab, select the Diameters flyout. Then scroll and select the 0′ 1 1/2″ diameter from the list.

management tools parameters

The Window will change, and the Source and list below will be cleared.

4. Expand the flyout adjacent to the Source, scroll and select Anchor. Repeat the same for the Type, and select Threaded if it not already selected.

You can input the Length, Thread Length Top and Bottom distance, Weight, and part name, all of which you will receive from a catalog or the Engineer’s specifications.

Keep in mind that the part name and weight will appear on the BOMs.

An example is seen below where an additional length of 18″ inches 1′ 6″ is added


5. Select the Set tab. For this exercise put in the values for the NaW+N.

threaded rod parameters

6. The values on the Parameters and Set tab will give you the representation below.

sample threaded rods

7. The values for the 2Na2W+N.

8.  Go back to the model structure and double-click on the anchor to display the properties dialog.

9.  Note the 18 inch length is now appended to the Length list dialog of the Anchor properties and will give the representation shown below.

10. Remember to select the Apply button in the lower right corner when you have created the set.

11.  Load the Settings in Advance Steel.

12. Go back to the model structure and Select the Update Defaults.

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