Creating a Soldier Course Using a Symbol Molding
| Reference Number: KB-00797 Last Updated: 11-27-2013 01:36 PM
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How do I create a brick soldier course around a window and a sloped brick sill using the symbol moldings in Chief Architect?
A soldier course is a set of vertical bricks lined up in a row with the narrow edge facing outward. These can be modeled in Chief Architect using a Symbol Molding.
For more information about symbol moldings and how to create them, see the related articles section below.
To create the symbol for a brick soldier course around a window
- Select File> New Plan from the menu to open a new, blank plan file.
- Select View> Library Browser from the menu, then browse the Library to CAD Blocks> Detail Components> Brick and choose a brick style from one of the many choices in this section.
- We will use this as a template for the size that will be used during construction. If you have custom size, simply draw it using CAD tools.
- In this example, we will use "Engineer modular brick (depth)."
- Click the Select Objects button, then click on the CAD block to select it and click the Explode CAD Block edit button to break the block into its individual components.
- Select the brick and mortar sections in turn and click the Convert Polyline edit button to convert them into polyline solids.
- In the Polyline Solid Specification dialog, on the General panel, set the brick component's Thickness to 3 5/8 inches and its Elevation at Top: to 0; on the Materials panel, choose an appropriate material for your Brick.
- Set the mortar components' Thickness to 3 1/8 inches and its Elevation at Top to -1/4 inch; on the Materials panel, choose an appropriate material for your Mortar.
- Make a copy of the mortar component on the other side of the brick. You should now have something that looks like this:
- Select 3D> Create Perspective View> Perspective Full Overview from the menu.
- Select Tools> Symbol> Convert to Symbol , Choose the symbol category of Molding, and check both Add to Library as well as Show Advanced Options then click OK to display the Symbol Specification dialog.
- For use as a soldier course, if the symbol is oriented as it is in the image above, you will need to rotate the symbol around the Z axis 90° to get it oriented correctly for the window.
- Make sure that the Origin is set to 0" for the X, Y and Z values.
- Give the symbol a name, then click OK.
- You are now ready to apply this to a door or window.
To create an angled sill
Using the components we created earlier, we can also create a symbol molding to model a sloped sill.
- First, we need to rotate the brick and mortar components at an angle equal to the slope that we eventually want for the sill.
In this case, we will create a slope of 1/4" in 12".
- In order to rotate the polyline solids, we will need to convert each to a solid object. Select each of the objects and click the Convert to Solid edit button.
- Next, select 3D> Create Orthographic View> Cross Section/Elevation from the menu, then click and drag a cross section camera arrow towards the components as shown below.
- Select each item in cross section and click on the triangular Rotate edit handle.
- While dragging the Rotate handle, press the Tab key on your keyboard.
- In the Enter Coordinates dialog, click the Num Style... button, change the Angle Style to Pitch and click OK.
- Select Relative to Start and check the box beside Polar.
- Specify the Angle as 0.25 in 12 and the Distance as 3/8", then click OK.
- Once all brick and mortar component objects have been rotated, convert it to a symbol as described above.
- In the Symbol Specification dialog, rotate the symbol -90 degrees on Z so it oriented correctly for the sill.
- Apply the sill to the window and select 3D> Create Perspective View> Full Camera to see the results.