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Sat, Nov 21, 2009 at 6:27:26 AM | Visibility graphics of a structural column




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is it possible to show structural column seperatly from the wall? I mean right now the joined wall and column looks like the upper column (see the jpg) but i want it to look like the lower one (this effect visible in jpg is only while i hover my mouse over the joined column). If I unjoin column from the wall there is an extra wall line that goes straigt through the middle of a column.

I tried changing the column type (concrete wall, wooden column), overriding the cut pattern to solid white (it still shows the wall line) nothing seems to work. unless i don't know.

thank you for your help and understanding

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Sun, Nov 22, 2009 at 2:05:12 AM | Visibility graphics of a structural column



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I'm using RST 2010. 
I'm actually not sure how you are getting your wooden column to clean up with the concrete wall like that because joined columns and walls are all about 'materials'. But that is besides the point anyway.
It ain't pretty but if you leave the column and wall 'unjoined' you can use a 'masking region' to eliminate the wall line that penetrates the column and effectively achieve the graphical results that you desire.. You can also lock the masking region to the column faces in case the column moves.
Perhaps someone else has a more 'automatic' solution?

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Mon, Dec 7, 2009 at 1:48:16 PM | Visibility graphics of a structural column




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I too, am using 2010.  You can model an In-Place Model (mass) and give it the family type 'Structural column.  You can then use the 'Join Geometry' tool and select the wall and the mass to make them clean up.


Because we do not use square piers, but our footings are centered to the columns above, I use In-Place Model (massing) to create the concrete piers and use the same method to join them to the concrete wall.  Works like a charm.


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Mon, Aug 16, 2010 at 1:21:00 PM | Visibility graphics of a structural column



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It looks like you are using an "Architectural Column" instead of a "Structural Column". The Architectural Column tool is made to create things like pilasters, column wraps, and non structural decorative columns. When using these they will inherit the materials of the object joined to them.

When you use "Structural Column" it retains its properties. It won't cut the geometry out of the column but you can always set up an inplace void and do that.

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