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Tom Sams
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Store fronts
SoftPlan Version:
2016 Plus

Good afternoon everyone.  

We have a project that requires a 10' store front window/door configuration.  Has anyone run into this before? If so how di you address it?

 

Thanks, TomS

Bill Wimberley
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Glass Storefront

For glass storefronts I typically draw out an elevation view of what it is suppose to look like. Then I create Elevation Openings of each component. For instance if you have a 10' wide storefront with a 3' glass door in the center I would make elevation openings that are 3'-6" wide for the left and right glass fronts. The left glass front would not have a frame on the right and the right glass front would not have a frame on the left. The glass door would not have a frame on the bottom but would have frames on the sides. The door portion would be created using the Door Opening Shape set to "Leaf" with a Door Glazing Square inserted to create the glass. Once these have all been converted into Elevation Openings then create a new opening that is made up of these 3 Elevation Openings. The side portions would be designated as windows and the door would be designated as a door. Then insert it on the drawing just like any other opening.

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Tom Sams
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Store Front

Thanks Bill, I'm still confused, nothing new for me... I'n not sure where you're getting the symbols for the door and windows, plus I don't know what the term "Leaf" refers to or where it is in relation to the door symbol.  Let me play with it for a while, maybe it will make more sense to me in the morning.

 

Thanks, TomS

Bill Wimberley
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Openings

Sam, there are 4 components that go into an opening they are:

  1. Opening Shape
  2. Elevation Opening
  3. 3D model
  4. Opening

The Opening Shape is the basic shape component for an opening and can be accessed by going to Draw Tab⇒Detail⇒Opening Shape. This is the starting point for making a custom opening. Note that if you draw an existing Elevation Opening and then explode it you will find that the result is the Opening Shape that was used to create the Elevation Opening.

Once you have created the Opening Shape the next step is to create the Elevation Opening. This process is similar to creating a symbol. Select File⇒System Options⇒System Library. Change the Library Type to Elevation Openings. Select the Library where you want to place the new Elevation Opening. Select One Step. Draw a box around the Opening Shape. Give a name for the new Elevation Opening. If you have a 3D model that you want to be associated with the Elevation Opening then check the Link to 3D Symbol box and browse to the location of the 3D model. Then select OK.

Once you have created the Elevation Opening you then use it to create the Opening. Once again this is similar to making a Symbol. Select File⇒System Options⇒System Library. Change the Library Type to Openings. Select the Library where you want to place the new Opening. Select One Step. Give the new opening a name. You can choose to use an existing opening or create a Custom Opening. If creating a Custom Opening then select the type of opening such as Window, Door, Bifold, etc. For the Library select the name of the Library where you saved your Elevation Opening you wish to use. For the Symbol select the name of the Elevation Opening. Then select OK. From here you can make any changes necessary for the component you added by selecting Edit Individual Component. If you are adding multiple components, as in the case where you have a window then a door then a window then you would select Add to add another component. Again you would select the Type, Library, and Symbol for the component. Then use the arrow buttons to tell SoftPlan where you want to place the new component in relation to the existing component. The arrows are left, above, or right. Once you add the new component you are given Alignment options to further position the components in relation to each other. Click Ok again and you are taken back to the window where you can add more components. Repeat until you have built your custom opening. When finished select Ok and the opening is created.

Since you are a Plus subscriber you have access to the training videos. Select the Intermediate videos and watch the Custom Openings video. This video doesn't get real in depth on creating custom openings from start to finish but it will give you a basis to work from.

Tom Sams
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Custom Openings

Thanks again Bill. It makes a lot more sense to me now. I think by watching the video it will bring it al together for me. Thanks again for taking the time with me.

 

Tom S