Graitec’s PowerPack for Autodesk Advance Steel allows users to model railings with infill glass panels in detail, down to the glass clamp fixings.
Fig. 1 - Model obtained using the Standard Railing macro
Similar to other railing parts, catalogue glass clamps defined as solids are imported as special parts inside the macro through the Special Part Manager tool.
Typically, a glass clamp fitting covers a specific range of glass panel thickness, as defined by the producer:
Fig. 2 - Example of technical requirements for Q-Railing’s MOD 22 Glass Clamp (*)
(*) Image source: https://www.q-railing.com/en-gb/baluster-railings/infills-and-connectors/glass-clamps/10220000000/
The range of glass panel thickness can be defined inside the Special parts manager, for every fixing in the Glass Clamps category:
Fig. 3 - Steps to define the range of panel thickness for a certain glass clamp
In order to update the macro with the changes made in the Special parts manager, an update trigger is required within the macro itself (for this example - go to the Connections tab and cycle between two supplier options). This issue has been reported and a resolution is being planned for a future release.
Fig. 4 - Infill - Connections tab – Toggle between options to force the update, before choosing the desired glass clamps
Once this internal reinitialization is done, go to Infill - Properties – General tab: the Panel thickness drop-down list is now updated with the changes done inside the SP Manager and the desired thickness can be chosen:
Fig. 5 - Infill - Properties tab – Toggle between options to force the update, before choosing the desired glass clamps