4.2 Fences

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1. Insert a fence

Fig.1. Fence insert dialog

Fig.1. Fence insert dialog

In this chapter you will how to create a fences. Lands fences are created combining Posts, Planks and Sashes elements.

  1. Run the Fence command (_laFence laFence ). The Fence insert dialog will appear (Fig. 1). This dialog shows the different parameters for the fence posts, planks and sashes.
  2. Click on the Folder button Folder button in the Post element parameters to browse into the Lands block library and select a block (i.e "Standard Steel Post") for the Post element. Alternatively you can select one element you have created in the model to perform as the fence post. In this case click on the Pick button Pick button and select an object in the model.
  3. Set the post values as shown in Fig. 1.
  4. Repeat the same steps for the Plank element (In this case select the block "STEEL PLANK 110 CM" from the library.) Set the values as shown in Fig. 1.
  5. Repeat the same steps for the Sashes elements. In this case you just need to define the dimensions of the Sash element profile since it is not possible to use a block for this element representation.
  6. Fig 2. Fence position

    Fig 2. Fence position

  7. Click on the Material's tab to assign a specific material to the Fence object (for example the "Steelplt.jpg" texture, located in the folder C:\ProgramData\AsuniCAD\Lands\Rhinoceros\Textures\AccuRender\Metals).
  8. Click on the OK button to close the dialog. Now you have different options to insert the fence, all displayed in the Command line.
  9. Select the option "Polyline" in the command line, and draw the fence in the model as if you were drawing a polyline. (Tip: enable the Osnap points to control the exact position of the fence start and ending points. (Fig. 2)


2. Edit the fence

2.1. Fence parameters

Once the fence has been created you can edit all parameters for the Post, Plank and Sash elements that were available in the Insert dialog, from the Lands Edit Panel laEditPanel, after selecting the Fence object.

2.2. Fence material

Under the material's tab, is it possible to change the material of the fence. You may notice that this material only applies to the Sashes component. This happens if the block or the geometry selected for the Post and Plank components already have their own material or if these elements don't have the material assigned "By Parent".

Fig. 3. Fence folder in the Lands Block explorer

Fig. 3. Fence folder in the Lands Block explorer

How can you edit the material of a fence Post/Plank component ?

If the Post or Plank element were selected by an existing geometry in the model, then you just need to change the material on that element.

If the Post or Plank element are blocks from the Lands library, then you can insert them, using the _laLibrary command laLibrary, (*) explode the block, change its material and use the Pick button Pick button from the Fence properties panel to select this object as the new post or plank element.

(*) You can find the blocks used for the fence object in the Fence section of the Lands Design library folder. You can display it from the combo at the top-left side of the Block Explored dialog, Fig 3.