16 Door Swings

16 Door Swings

In this tutorial, we’ll learn how to create door swings in plan.

First, hide the rest of this geometry.

Use the shortcut H-H to go through the different pieces of geometry and hide them.

Pull the dimension down so they are out of the way, and extend some of these reference planes.

Now, we need to create what’s called the reference line. Place the reference line right where we want the door to hinge.

Use the align tool. This can be a little tricky. Align it first to the reference plane, and then press the tab key.

Place the mouse cursor right on the corner. When we get the point, then lock it.

Do it the same way with the opposing reference plane. Place the mouse cursor on the point and press tab until we get the point , and then lock it.

We’ve locked the reference line along two axes.

Now, we need to create a dimension. Use an angular dimension.

Put the dimension there. Once we have the angular dimension in there, we can add a parameter.

Name it Door Swing. Let’s flex it.

Change the value to 45, and click apply. That’s moving well.

Go to the annotate tab, click symbolic line, and choose elevation swing cut line from the subcategory drop down menu.

Use the center arc tool. One, two, and then snap that into place. Now we have the padlocks, and lock it on two points.

Now, in the subcategory menu, select the casework cut line. Make sure to use the line tool. Trace over this area and lock that again.

Let’s flex this one more time. Set the value to 33 degrees. That moves well.

Let’s quickly do it onto the other side. It is the same principle, so we’ll do exactly the same thing we just did now. I’ll pause the video while we do that.

When we’re finished, it should look something like this for both sides. Flex them both to make sure they work nicely.

Let's try 90 degrees. That's looking good.

Reset this to unhide everything. The last step is to add visibility parameters onto the doors.

Select the door and the swing lines. In the Properties Panel, click the rectangle for the visibility parameter. Click add a new parameter. Name it Right Door.

Hold down the control key and select the left door now. Add a visibility parameter for the left door.

Load this into the project.

Ok, let’s find our new loaded cupboard.

Now you can see that we have the door swings here. Go to Edit Type and turn on or off the visibility parameters.

I didn’t apply the visibility parameter correctly to this line. Let’s just check the other one. It was applied correctly.

We need to make sure it’s fixed in the left door. Go back into the line styles, and click on both lines for the left door.

The Visibility Parameter should be selected for the left door. Click OK. Load this into the project.

Now, after I override the existing condition, it looks like our cupboard family is working nicely.

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