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    Balustrade family creation question

    I am trying to create a balustrade with a custom handrail. I was hoping to create a family for this but have no experience building this type of family.
    I want to create a glass panel of 1200mm and then a gap of 15mm but with a continuous handrail. Can anyone offer any advice on the best way to approach this or what type of family to use. Thank you

    EDIT: quick related question. why is my glass not showing transparent in sections and elevations?
    Last edited by joewallace; November 22, 2016, 10:47 AM.

    I'm sure others will help out with the balustrade question but to answer your other question,

    glass is always solid in sections and elevations - just the way it is - it is transparent in 3D views.

    I just select the panels, say in a curtain wall, if I want them transparent and right-click to use 'Override Graphics in View->By Element' and set surface transparency to about 40% - as per attached image which shows solid window glass but transparent balustrade glass using this method.

    William Sutherland rias riba
    WS Architecture Ltd


      Thank you willsud, very helpful tip, something I probably should have thought of already.


        If you've got metal handrails they will show transparent too I think, got stuck with that a few years back.

        That he is mad, ’tis true. Tis true, ’tis pity,
        And pity ’tis ’tis true


          Make sure you have the handrail profile created and added into the project. You can then duplicate an existing balustrade and change the handrail family. Now, regarding glass panels, I always avoid trying to make them in a railing system as they always fail in corners, with the glass panel going beyond the edges of the railing.

          For glass panels, I normally use a curtain wall ( and add a mullion to the top, which has the same desired profile as the targeted handrail. I understand you want a 15mm gap between panels, but you can add this in a detail view to simplify things, or change your glass panel family (if you still wish to go this route) with a 7.5mm void extrusion on the edges.

          Hope this helps.
          Last edited by asintoras; November 29, 2016, 12:50 PM.


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