The new Stair and Railing Tool include GDL sub-elements. Many of them are pre-defined and available by default, through the element and component settings dialogs.
To create your own sub-element, you can create and customise an element and save it as a specialised Library Part.
Let’s use this option to create a Loop Fence.
Create the custom Post:
- Create the loop profile on a section view out of a Morph or Complex profiled Wall (Figure A)
- Make sure the geometry is properly coordinated, so in this case Y axis should be parallel to the reference line of the Railing (Figure B)
- Select the geometry and use File/Libraries and Objects/Save Selection as…/Railing Post
- save it in the Embedded Library if you would only like to use it in a current Project
- save it in a local or server Folder if you would like to use it in other Projects as well
Create a Railing to use the Post:
- set the segment height (in this case 1100mm)
- use Fixed Pattern Length distribution (this way it will be controlled by the distribution of the Inner Posts)
- add a default Post and two Handrails
- Posts will be the Newel Post 21, customised to fit what we prefer
- Handrails will be standard rectangular Rails (in this case 50x15mm) set to the height of 100 and 900 millimetres
- set the custom Posts as Inner Posts
- choose the custom made Post
- set the distribution value to match the pattern of the Post
- give the Segment Bottom and Top a value if needed (in this case the Inner Posts are sitting on the bottom Rail, so it’s set to 100mm)
It is best to save the Railing as a Favorite to be able to use it in other Projects as well. How to do that? Find out more here.