STAGGERED BRICK ARCHES

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marty
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STAGGERED BRICK ARCHES
SoftPlan Version:
2014

Hello everyone,

I have to on many occasions draw brick arches with staggered bricks....is there an easy way to do this? If I try it manually on 2d elevations the divide segments will only work on straight lines so I cannot accurately separate the bricks. Can't seem to locate a staggered brick trim option.

I guess I can just use the brick Soldier trim and then manually draw in a line for the brick separations...

Any good techniques?

 

Bill Wimberley
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Example?

Can you provide an example of what you are trying to achieve? It would be easier to come up with a solution if we know what it is suppose to look like.

Bill is the owner and maintainer of SoftPlanTuts.com

marty
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BRICK ARCH

Attached is one example. The spacing on this example is a little off but its very difficult to space them. I have exterior elevations with many different size arches and are very time consuming. I have both flat and arched details to create.

 

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Bill Wimberley
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Circular Array

There is not a simple way to do that by there is an easy way. Try using the Circular Array tool. You could start out by drawing lines from the ends to a center point of the arc so that you create a "V". Then use Dimension Angle to determine the angle between the lines of the "V".  Select Tools⇒Circular Array, turn Snap on, and click the left leg of the "V". Then click at the bottom where the two legs meet at the center of the arc. Enter the angle previously determined in the Angle to Fill and you can roll your mouse over the Number field until you get the desired number of lines. I takes a little getting used to but after a little practice it works quite well. If you watch the Status Bar at the top of the screen it will give you hints what to do. You could also use similar steps to draw in the ends of the bricks.

marty
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Excellent!

Excellent!

Works really well. You saved me a bunch of time as usual.

 

thanks again!

 

pdfrank
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Bill,

Bill,

I don't have 2016 yet so can't confirm this. Would Marty be able to draw a beam, apply a vertical deflection to match his arch, add a brick soldier texture in SoftView and then use the "Auto Paint " feature of 2016 to produce his interior elevations?

Phil

Bill Wimberley
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Auto Paint

Nice idea Phil. Unfortunately that wouldn't work. The Auto Paint feature just paints areas with the same textures that are used in 3D. The image wouldn't be "bent" to follow an arch. Essentially it automates what you could achieve by using Image Paint in earlier versions.

pdfrank
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Bill,

Bill,

Attached is a beam with a vertical deflection and a soldier brick material attached. Would the Auto Paint replicate this or would it straighten out the bricks? 

Phil

pdfrank
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Bill,

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