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3d Dashed Line / Arrow Family ?

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12-13-2013 04:37 AM

I'm building a couple of 3d massign models and a thought occured to me.

 

Is it possible to create a 3d dashed line family (ideally with a 3d arrow head graphic) that could be used via a drawn line in the model to act as a path ?

 

If possible, then parameters could be used to set height, depth, dash gap etc.

 

It would allow for quick 3d annotation on views - including shadows to help them 'pop'

 

Not quite sure where to start. I can use sweeps etc. but not sure if a family can use a path that is essentially outside of the family itself.

 

Could it even use an MEP family - based around something like a duct route, but substituting a dashed 3d form and a termination of an arrow ?

 

Not a critical item - just a thought on what might be possible.

 

Thanks,

Martin

OK - probably blindingly obvious to you lot, but it only dawned on me on the way home tonight.

 

Curtain Walling.

 

Just made a simple padded block cladding panel, and a couple of alternatives for arrow ends, and hey presto - flexible 3d arrow lines that can be altered to different depths, padding etc.

 

3d-Arrow-Lines.jpg

A bit clumsy as I have it set up for the moment, I need to refine things a bit to give myself more options on setting colour more universally by Type to allow me to switch whole runs from one colour / type to another - but as a principle it is what I'm after.

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Re: 3d Dashed Line / Arrow Family ?

12-13-2013 11:42 AM in reply to: MKEllis

OK - probably blindingly obvious to you lot, but it only dawned on me on the way home tonight.

 

Curtain Walling.

 

Just made a simple padded block cladding panel, and a couple of alternatives for arrow ends, and hey presto - flexible 3d arrow lines that can be altered to different depths, padding etc.

 

3d-Arrow-Lines.jpg

A bit clumsy as I have it set up for the moment, I need to refine things a bit to give myself more options on setting colour more universally by Type to allow me to switch whole runs from one colour / type to another - but as a principle it is what I'm after.

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Re: 3d Dashed Line / Arrow Family ?

12-14-2013 02:55 AM in reply to: MKEllis

Wasn't sure if accepting your own post as a solution is acceptable / or frowned on here - but it seemed appropriate, hope no-one minds.

 

Martin

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Re: 3d Dashed Line / Arrow Family ?

12-14-2013 02:14 PM in reply to: MKEllis

Perfectly acceptable.  Thanks for the post.

Ross Kirby
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