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Mon, Aug 31, 2009 at 1:26:10 PM | Custom ramp railing & balusters

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CrystalNanney


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Hi you nested family geniuses!

OK...the exhibit designer wants this railing, which is essentially 4X4 welded wire fabric sandiwched and tack welded between 1/8" x 1 3/4" strap rail strips.  I made 4 baluster families, two for the strap rails (one 90 degrees from the other), and two for the wwf (similar).  I had some trouble getting the sweep path for each to stop where I wanted them to, had to kind of fudge them but they are OK.  Problem now is that I have NO idea how to force them to stop at the ends of the railing.  I'm thinking some kind of void-clip, but where o where to anchor it to (no ref plane in baluster template that would work for this)?  Since I have to work with a revit ramp family (or do I?) it's getting complicated.  Any ideas?

Thank you!  --Crystal



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Mon, Aug 31, 2009 at 1:39:38 PM | Custom ramp railing & balusters

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I would rather create a cutout pattern for that.  The attached image shows one for a chainlink fence where the dark parts are transparent when rendered.  You can create one by taking an elevation image of what you have created and inverting in Photoshop to create the cutout map.  The welded wire fabric panel can then just be a straightforward flat panel, with the map applied.  for the 2d images you can create a fill pattern to show that.



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Thu, Sep 3, 2009 at 11:50:48 AM | Custom ramp railing & balusters

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OK, I think I can work with that.  It's not ideal though; had hoped to model it properly for a number of reasons, but i guess i'll have to get better at revit first.

 thanks!


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Thu, Sep 3, 2009 at 12:17:32 PM | Custom ramp railing & balusters

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You really don't want to model chain-link fence or perforated panels because you will overwhelm your model.  It is far better to treat this as a material as tim suggests.

 

You talk about using a sweep but it sounds like you could have used a railing.


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