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jimcrook@live.com
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Ramps
SoftPlan Version:
2016 Plus

Did we get anything in 2016 that allows us to easily draw a ramp. In this

case I want to draw a ramp from a shoreline deck down to a floating dock.

In the past I have used stairs with a low rise and lots of treads.

JimC

Bill Wimberley
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Ramps

From the Draw tab select Stair⇒Sketch⇒Ramp. Ramps were added in version 2012.

Bill is the owner and maintainer of SoftPlanTuts.com

jimcrook@live.com
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Ramps

Sorry Bill, yes I was aware of the ramp feature but the problem with it is it shows as a wedge, see my example pic below:

- the ramp connecting the dock and deck I made from a shed roof, and other than it doesn't show the edges of the decking

  it is how it would show in real life, on the other hand the wedge below the deck & dock is from the stairs>sketch>ramp menu

  and it shows as a wedge which is not at all realistic.  I was hoping maybe 2016 gave us a way to make a proper looking ramp

  or slope a deck to suit.   In the example below I was hoping that closely spaced purlins I applied to the roof would show up in

  elevation but they don't,  haven't tried to see if they show in section ... they might ?   JimC

   

 

Bill Wimberley
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Wood Ramp

I don't know of any automagical way to build a wood ramp like that. The only way I can think of would be to build a 3D model of the ramp and insert it as a symbol. It would be really easy to do in Sketchup. If you don't use Sketchup you could draw a profile of the ramp and decking using 3D polygons and cubes. It takes a little getting used to but it can be done. You just draw the polygons and cubes as if you are drawing a side elevation detail of the deck. Then you give the decking cubes a height equal to the width of the deck boards and you give the 3D polygons that represent the edging a height of 1 1/2". The process would be similar to the method shown by Wayne Degroot in this tutorial Craftsman Columns. The goal is to create the ramp as if it were laying on its side on the ground. Then you can use the Symbol Wizard to turn it into a symbol and rotate it to stand upright. If you watch what you are doing in 3D it makes it easier to visualize what you are doing.