Garage Door Hardware

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MorganR
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Garage Door Hardware
SoftPlan Version:
2018 Plus

What is the best way to go about drawing the decorative hardware for this garage door? Is this hardware available on SoftPlan or should I draw shapes on the elevation?

I've uploaded a picture from the manufacturer's website. I am trying to create a door in SoftPlan so that we no longer have to paint in an image everytime we draw this door. 

 

Thanks!

Bill Wimberley
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Hardware

SoftPlan doesn't have that type of hardware available. To get that look you will need to create a custom Elevation Opening that includes the hardware drawn in. Once you have created an Elevation Opening you can use it to then create an Opening that can be inserted into the drawing. If you are unsure how to make custom Elevation Openings and Openings there are numerous tutorials on this site that will walk you through the process. Just click the 3 horizontal lines at the top left of the page and select Tutorials. On the right side of the Tutorials page select Openings.

For 3D you will need to link a 3D model to the Elevation Opening. The 3D model will need to exactly match the Elevation Opening and include the hardware. If you can find one already made by the manufacturer that would be great but if not then you will need to make one yourself using Sketchup or another 3D modeling program.

While a bit time consuming it is not all that difficult once you understand how it all goes together. The 3 components of an opening are Opening Elevation, Opening, and optionally 3D model linked to the Elevation Opening.

One other option for 3D would be to instead of using a 3D model you can take an image of the opening and use the image as a texture for the entire door.

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MorganR
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Thanks Bill! I know how to

Thanks Bill! I know how to create a custom elevation and its 3D. Looking for a way to just draw out the decorative hinges. It was proving to be harder than I thought!

Bill Wimberley
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Hinges

I would draw them using a Polygon. Insert your image onto a drawing and adjust it's size so that it is the same size as an actual door. Then trace over it using a polygon. You can go from corner to corner all the way around. When you get to the rounded edges you can still go from the beginning of the round to the end so that your finished polygon is just a series of straight segments. Then edit the parts that are suppose to be rounded and give them a radius.

In the image below the top version is the initial polygon with straight segments. The bottom version was edited to give the rounded parts a radius.