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By xacto
#260679
ArchiCAD needs to have a "Railing Wall Tool"
The current system is horrible, railings nowadays are complex and simple at the same time and should behave like walls do.
By the way, ArchiCAD needs to recognize that railings exists outside stairs too!!

Railings are used for many other structures, not just stairs!!!

Railings should be drawn up like walls, edit height, edit railing styles, even solid railings, should follow the terrain, stairs, floors, etc.

Railings should not be just an object from the library that one copies over and over to achieve offsets, turns, etc.

I am not asking for workarounds or opinions or your comments. This post is meant for ArchiCAD Graphisoft.

We are paying top dollar for this program!! Make it work like it is meant to!!

Stairs, Ramps, Decks, Landings, Porches, Patios, Balconies, Parapets, Guard Rails, Security Rails, Fences, just to mention some cases where railings are needed.

If these where drawn up as walls instead of individual objects, groups, etc, it would be faster, efficient, productive.

These railing walls should have all the features of "railings" styles, types, newels, posts, balusters, vertical, horizontal, and should also be intelligent enough to follow the surface inclination "angle" they are being drawn up over.

It would eliminate the ultra tedious work of the current single object oriented railing in the library.

One could create "Railing wall styles" just like we can create "Wall types" and save them for future use of per project.

In a single commercial project, the amount of different railings can overwhelm the designer, draftsperson modeling, copying, making favorites, layering, etc.
By vgodzb
#260776
I agree, a guardrail / railing / handrail tool would be a fantastic add especially when a new stair tool comes out.

I use the 3DMD Railing for now and complex profiles.
http://www.3dmediadesign.it/

xacto wrote:ArchiCAD needs to have a "Railing Wall Tool"
The current system is horrible, railings nowadays are complex and simple at the same time and should behave like walls do.
By the way, ArchiCAD needs to recognize that railings exists outside stairs too!!

Railings are used for many other structures, not just stairs!!!

Railings should be drawn up like walls, edit height, edit railing styles, even solid railings, should follow the terrain, stairs, floors, etc.

Railings should not be just an object from the library that one copies over and over to achieve offsets, turns, etc.

I am not asking for workarounds or opinions or your comments. This post is meant for ArchiCAD Graphisoft.

We are paying top dollar for this program!! Make it work like it is meant to!!

Stairs, Ramps, Decks, Landings, Porches, Patios, Balconies, Parapets, Guard Rails, Security Rails, Fences, just to mention some cases where railings are needed.

If these where drawn up as walls instead of individual objects, groups, etc, it would be faster, efficient, productive.

These railing walls should have all the features of "railings" styles, types, newels, posts, balusters, vertical, horizontal, and should also be intelligent enough to follow the surface inclination "angle" they are being drawn up over.

It would eliminate the ultra tedious work of the current single object oriented railing in the library.

One could create "Railing wall styles" just like we can create "Wall types" and save them for future use of per project.

In a single commercial project, the amount of different railings can overwhelm the designer, draftsperson modeling, copying, making favorites, layering, etc.
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By Gerald Hoffman
#260783
Absolutely. This really is a no brainer and one area that ArchiCad has been deficient for a long time if we include the Stair Tool.
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By s2art
#263169
Cadimage's Stair Tool has an independent railing option too. I know it costs money, but might be worth a look.
Cadimage wrote:With Cadimage Stairs, you have access to a range of individual components that allow for highly flexible stair configurations for both residential and commercial designs.

Railings can be associated with stairs, slabs or even stand-alone, so that stairs can easily wind at varied widths and heights and open on to landings. Stair assemblies can be edited, labelled and output as if they were a single object.
#266423
Have you seen the Profile Builder plugin for Sketchup? It can basically create any composite structure including railings. Archicad Complex Profile tool needs to behave like this. It should be able handle arrays of sub-objects and materials.

I have posted a wish similar to yours but based on Complex Profiles. What do you think? I also believe this would a very important upgrade.
#266810
Yes, it seems the wish has been granted :)

I wonder if it can be used for other creative purposes. Maybe generating wall frames and claddings? If it has angle parameters maybe even for roof structures.
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By ejrolon
#266816
Yes it can and it is linked to the mesh, wall, slab that it is placed so that if it changes then it updates.
Roofs I am not sure.