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#1 Verlin Klassen

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Posted 15 March 2023 - 01:12 PM

I have a client who wants a couple small roofs held up with cables as shown in the attached. Can anyone give me an idea how to model the cables in SoftPlan?

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#2 Verlin Klassen

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Posted 15 March 2023 - 01:19 PM

I think I figured out a way to do it. Beams can be sloped, so I will use a round log beam, size it to suit and put the right texture on it.


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#3 Fred Dickson

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Posted 15 March 2023 - 01:29 PM

This cable from 3D warehouse might work as a starting point.... You can make roof a bunch of ways....

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#4 Matthew Dunson

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Posted 15 March 2023 - 02:44 PM

I would recommend using a model from the 3D warehouse as well since you can get the smaller details on the cable connections opposed to a beam inside SoftPlan (I try to go for as much detail as possible for rendering), but again there are multiple ways to achieve the same goal and I think SoftPlan has an easy process of importing Sketchup Models. You can also use the Brace function inside SoftPlan and scale it down to cable size and use solids to mimic the connection plates.



#5 Mark Petri

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Posted 16 March 2023 - 06:40 PM

I use beams set to the right diameter with some solid cubes, polygons, or whatever makes it look decent for initial concepts. If we are going to final I will model something in SketchUp or do some details that show it better.


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#6 Richard Rubinski

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Posted 17 March 2023 - 08:17 AM

I found the Canopy and Cables as a unit on 3D warehouse a couple of years ago, maybe it will work for you. The zip file has 2 different sizes.

 

 

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#7 Verlin Klassen

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Posted 18 March 2023 - 07:48 AM

Thank you for your replies. I ended up using the beam idea. That way I had infinite control for length, and height, and location.


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#8 Joseph Smith

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Posted 23 March 2023 - 07:48 AM

I used log beams and cubes in this example.  The symbol is fine but if you need control over cable angle the symbol isn't the solution.

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