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Thread: Can I Make an Invisible Rail to Host Balusters to?

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    Can I Make an Invisible Rail to Host Balusters to?

    We've started doing a lot of our rails unhosted and manually controlling the slopes via the sketch settings. It works fine as long as the railing family has rails to host the bottom of the baluster, as the rails seem to follow the sketched path "Height Correction" setting. The problem is that if we have a rail that is entirely balusters, then it stays hosted to the floor, despite adjusting the line height in the sketch.

    The quickest/most obvious workaround seems to be to add a 1mmØ rail, but I'm just wondering if there's another way? The 1mm line in plan views is rather annoying:



    It's a little weird because with no rails the balusters are set to "Host" as the Base and Top, for some reason the Top setting is correct and adjusts per the sketch, whereas the Base seems to stay stuck at 0 :/

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    Possible workaround: in railing type settings use top rail->yes, set up every baluster base from the Top rail.

    In a view select the top rail by 'tabbing', unpin the top rail and delete. The railing will remain the same, you can put back the top rail by clicking reset railing.
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    Nice. As with most workarounds it's a little ugly, but I can still appreciate the beauty in it haha, so thanks for the suggestion. Might even create a new top rail type called "Host Balusters Then Delete Me In Views" or something like that and make it a very thin plane so users understand what's going on. Thanks again

    edit: also, setting the Top rail to 0mm height means that controlling the baluster height is far more intuitive and the rail will reflect the sketched path heights.
    Last edited by LeChumpOfStultz; August 14th, 2019 at 10:56 PM.

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    Hmm, can you use an empty profile for a rail or does it have to have lines in it?

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    You can save, but can't load an empty profile:
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    Quote Originally Posted by infeeeee View Post
    You can save, but can't load an empty profile:
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    Dang.

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    Use a column profile and adaptive points on a 3d model line....
    Not the best video but a similar workflow to this except you would need to change the orientation of your profile to perpendicular to the point, rather then aligned with the point
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2aXLSDVVdjg

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