Ramp surface Model Pattern in Plan Views – workarounds

Here are some ideas:

  • Use a Filter with a Drafting Pattern and match the Hatch Scale to the View Scale.  Link: Model pattern not visible on ramps in plan views?
  • Use Floors with slope arrows instead (to simulate a Ramp)
  • Make a 4 point Adaptive Component that has a surface with a slight vertical offset, and place it on “top” of the Ramp surface.  Apply your Model Pattern to this “skin”.
  • Orient a 3D view to Plan, Lock it and annotate (instead of using a Floor Plan)

All of these have problems that make them less than desirable.  But hey, maybe one of them will get you out of trouble on your current project…

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Aaron Maller
8 years ago

I dont see any downside at all to Floors with slope arrows or Shape Edited Floors. Since they came out, ive actually stopped teaching the Ramp Tool.

EDIT: Railings dont host automatically, so i guess that counts as a downside. But since i have people build railings out of individual "layers" with the rail tool, i consider it not an issue.

Luke Johnson
8 years ago
Reply to  Aaron Maller

I agree that Ramps are weak compared to Floors, aside from the Railing issue. I prefer them about 95% of the time. However, we do lots of Ramps that need to have set gradients and run lengths (ie run 9m at 1 in 14 then landing), and they need handrails both sides. For this scenario, I think there might be more work going the Floor route.

Alfredo Medina
8 years ago

Unfortunately, Ramps seems to be a forgotten department in the Factory. Same issues carried over and over, version after version, without getting fixed or improved.

8 years ago
Reply to  Alfredo Medina

Agreed Alfredo. No materials in plan view, no cross slope, can't tag(easily) in a plan view…