12 Symbolic Swing Lines on Doors

12 Swing Lines on Doors

With our drawers now loaded into our joinery unit, let’s turn off the wireframe mode and change the visibility setting to Hidden Lines.

This needs to look a bit more like a joinery unit we might use for our documentation. Here is a model I created earlier.

As you can see I have included some line-work on the doors which indicate the opening swing.

Let’s go ahead and create some line-work in our model.

Go to the annotate tab and click symbolic line. From the subcategory drop down menu, select elevation swing projection.

Draw the line from the upper corner, snap it to the midpoint, and then snap it to the bottom corner.

Press the Control key and select both parts of the swing line. In the Properties Panel, make sure the draw in foreground option is un-ticked, because when we look at the back of the door, we don’t want to see the elevation swing projection. We only want to see this when we look at the front of the door.

Load this into the project.

Overwrite the existing version. Let’s look at the front. The line has come in nicely, but the symbolic lines are a little bit off.

Set the visibility setting to hidden line. The lines are a little bit too high. Go to the back and, again, set this to hidden line.

We shouldn’t have any symbolic line showing through the back of the model. That’s because we turned off the draw in foreground option.

Go back to the front elevation. Open the door family by clicking edit family. Go to the front of the door. Set up a parameter in here so that it’s always in the center of this door.

Use the dimension command D-I. Select the top reference plane, the middle reference plane, and the bottom reference plane, and use the E-Q symbol.

Hide this door. Now I’m going to delete the symbolic lines and redraw them one more time making sure that I snap to the center reference plane.

Reset this to unhide. Load this back into the project. Overwrite the existing version. The symbolic line has now come into the center of the door, which is good.

Now, just to trouble shoot for some viewers out there. If the elevation swing is facing the wrong way, it might be because your door needs to be mirrored.

Let me show you what I mean.

If the door was brought in without mirroring it, it will look something like this.

All we need to do is mirror the door. So go into your plan view, Click on the door, and type M-M for mirror and click on the central reference plane, then use the align tool to align and lock the door into the correct position.

Remember when using the align tool it’s really important to hide off all the other geometry first, so that you are easily able to lock the geometry to the reference plane.

The two doors should now be in place. Flex everything to make sure it is working correctly. I’ll change the height to 1800 and the width to 800 to test it.

Yep, that flexed nicely.

12 Symbolic Swing Lines on Doors

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