How to create an Extrusion Profile | EN (Video)

JS Dec-2017
How to make a custom Extrusion profile
How to Import the profile
How to draw an extrusion profiles
How to make an Extrusion profile with components (Video)


How to make a custom Extrusion profile

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Axis reference point
Timber properties
Beam cut tool type

The function of this document is to provide information on how to create extrusion profiles.
  • Open the *.dwg profile file located in your ‘Hsb Company \Profile’ folder that has been place on your server or create a drawing and save it under ‘hsbCompany\profile’. This folder contains all the extrusion profile definitions. Any number of *.dwg files can be stored here and a *.dwg file can contain any number of extrusion profile definitions. 
  • Next, proceed to draw a closed polyline. 
  • The following graphic shows an example: the D-Log profile, it can be any profile you like but it needs to be a closed polyline.  
  • Run the command ‘hsbGeneral\Create Extrusion Profile.’ it will prompt you to select a polyline. 
  • After you select the polyline the following dialog box will appear.   

Name - Allows you to enter a descriptive name for the extrusion profile E.g. ‘28x109 Plat.’
Height – Will be filled in automatically Width - Will be filled in automatically
Tongue height – Enter the height of tongue
Text height - is the height of text of the extrusion profile object to be created.
Tool ID (for CNC) - is unimportant for those who do not use CNC Machinery.
Unit – Select unit from the pull down list.  

Axis reference point

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(The axis reference point is used to specify the location of the X-axis of the profile shape. There are 3 options available for specifying the axis)


User Defined - Use this option to pick your own axis point along within the profile.
Centroid - This option will find the center point of the profile shape based on the extremes of the profile points.
Bounding Box centroid - This option will form a bounding box around the profile shape and it will then find the center point of this shape and define this point as the axis of the profile. Note: Please note that for Log profiles, the Axis Reference Point must be set to this option.  

Timber properties (will overwrite timber properties) 

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Name - Allows you to enter a descriptive name for the extrusion profile E.g. ‘28x109 Plat’
Material – Enter material name.
Grade – Enter a grade name.  

Beam cut tool type (This option specifies the tool to use for Beam cuts)

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This will determine what operation is to be done when a log that uses this extrusion profile cuts another timber.  


Box – You can specify a box cut.
Round - You can specify a round cut.
Scalable profile – By turning on this option, the profile shape can then be scaled automatically should you change the section size.
Use cutting profile – Was made especially for one particular customer, allows the user to specify holes in the profile. This is not required for log profiles.
  • After the relevant information has been entered hit OK. 
  • The program will prompt you to: “Select reference point for log axis (ENTER to use axis reference point)”, In some cases (e.g. D-Logs) it is of advantage to have the axis of the log not running along the true bounding box centroid of the profile. The log axis will be used by the log wall tools (diagonal notch, etc.). 
The following illustration shows a D-LOG. The log profile is drawn in red. The dashed grey lines represent the bounding box. The log tools reference axis is defined as the intersection of the diagonals in the ‘square’ part of the profile  
  • Now save the drawing and close it.
IMPOTANT: All this information will be stored in the hsbCompany\profile\*.dwg file.

How to Import the profile

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  • The next step is to import this extrusion profile into your template or drawing. 
  • Open your template or drawing file. 
  • Run the command ‘hsbGeneral\ Extrusion Profiles\ Extrusion Profile Manager’ and import the extrusion profile you have just created. 
  • The profile should be listed in the column titled Available profiles. 
  • To import the profile just select it in the list and press the Import - button. 
  • If the profile has been imported correctly you should see it in the column titled Imported profiles as well. 
  • After importing the profile press OK.  

How to draw an extrusion profiles

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You can use extrusion profiles in different ways.

Use it as a loose hsbBeam (hsbTimber module)
Use it in the (hsbLog Module)
Use it in the Log properties
Use it in your floor or Roof elements (hsbElement Module)
Use it in your Wall Details (hsbWall Module)
Beam Extrusion profile (Dialog box Explanation)

Use it as a loose hsbBeam (hsbTimber module)

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  • Draw a loose beam with the command hsbTimber\Beam. 
  • In the Beam dialog box select the option Extrusion profile (D). 
Note: all the profiles you have imported will be listed here



Use it in the (hsbLog Module)

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When defining a log wall definition you can select an extrusion profile.
  • Run the command hsbLog\ Log wall definitions or select the following icon on the toolbar.

  • The Log wall definition dialog box will appear: press the New button to create a wall definition.

  • We will now define a specific code and add more information to each log we are going to use.

Use it in the Log properties

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Extrusion Profile – Select in the list a descriptive name for the extrusion profile. (IMPORTANT: if you don’t want to see the extrusion profile in your drawing then you can switch this on\off by selecting hsbGeneral \ hsbSettings \ Solid \ Extrusion Profile\select radio button Enable (On) Disable (Off).
Total height – Will be filled in automatically.
Tongue height – Enter tongue height.
Width - Will be filled in automatically.

Use bottom extrusion profile – Select it to use a special section shape for the bottom log course. You can select an extrusion profile under Extrusion profile.
Use top extrusion profile - Select it to use a special section shape for the top log course. You can select an extrusion profile under Extrusion profile.
  • Now the log wall definition with a custom extrusion profile is ready to be used!!
  • Do this for all the logs you will be using. hsblog\ Log wall definitions.

Use it in your floor or Roof elements (hsbElement Module)

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When assigning floor or roof parameters you have the option to select ‘’Beam profile’’.


Use it in your Wall Details (hsbWall Module)

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This command allows you to insert an extrusion profile in the Wall details.

  • Select the Extrusion profile function in the Ribbon.
  • Select an extrusion profile in the Detail extrusion profile dialog box and fill in the necessary information.
  • Select with left mouse button an insertion point (center point of beam).
  • Select the direction of the beam.
  • Select the Link Entities to Wall outline.
  • Save Detail changes.

Beam Extrusion profile (Dialog box Explanation

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Name - This is the name that you give to your Wall Type.
Code - Enter a certain code for the beam. This could be important if you want to use commands like saw, milling, drill, etc.
Material - Enter a material name for the beam.
Grade - Enter a grade name for the beam.
Info - Enter additional information about the beam.
Normal: Cut along cut line – This refers to the information kept within the beam properties relating to how you will cut the beam. Normal is the default of the machine.
Minimum: Perpendicularly cut as shortest position of cut line – If there is an angle cut on the beam, the cut will begin at the closet point to the start point of the beam.
Maximum: Perpendicularly cut as longest position of cut line - If there is an angle cut on the beam, the cut will begin at the furthest point to the start point of the beam.
Window code – Allows you to enter a window code e.g. code name.
Nail – Is this beam to be nailed. Yes/no.
Machine – Is this beam to be machined. Yes/no
Schwelle - Select if you want a Very bottom plate.


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