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    "Line-based" and "Always vertical"

    I'm rebuilding our Grab Bar families.
    It makes sense to me to make them Line-based, but if I do, then it gets tricky picking the correct Plane to model them.
    Sometimes you want to model them in Plan using an Elevation, but other times it makes more sense to place them in Elevation.
    The Specialty Equipment family template (non line-based) has an "Always Vertical" option in the Family Parameters, but the GM Line-based template doesn't have that.

    Any way I can have a Line-based that remains Always Vertical?
    Dave Plumb
    BWBR Architects; St Paul, MN

    CADsplaining: When a BIM rookie tells you how you should have done something.

    #2
    I find grab bars "travel in packs", and I rarely need to use only one. As such, I have line-based grab bar families that I nest into "grab bar assembly" families, which can be set to "Always Vertical".
    Chris Ellersick

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      #3
      The problem with nesting it into something else is that then you lose the ability to draw it at any angle.
      That's what I liked about the Line-based approach was that I could just pick two points in a elevation and model the bar horizontally, vertically, or at 45 without having to mess around with a parameter or rotating it later.
      Dave Plumb
      BWBR Architects; St Paul, MN

      CADsplaining: When a BIM rookie tells you how you should have done something.

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        #4
        I recommend nested FB families, with types set for each length, since they are generally tagged as different objects. Then the parent family as all the typical arrangements configured already.

        That's how mine are... And they have nested modeled blocking in the nested face based bar that's in the parent family that's nested in the stall families. Works a treat.

        Sent from my Phablet. Please excuse typos... and bad ideas.

        Aaron Maller
        Director
        Parallax Team, Inc.
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          #5
          FB-Casework* here, nested swappable shared-children fam. in array for supports, independently swappable end conditions also - a bit like a custom-version of an OOTB railing.


          *bite me

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