Rails with curves


#1

Would you please assist me to recreate the rail in the bottom pic. It is has got round edges/corners and bends where it is all welded to the fence but so far I was not able to come up with a technique to recreate anything similar. I have designed the support structre , however I want to replicate the top that has got the design and tried with follow me but so far without any satisfying results.
Could you please assist me ?


#2

I would use Follow Me to create the rail and then cut the end off with a intersection operation. Hang tight and I’ll draw an example.


#3

Here’s an example of DaveR’s method. Use the Intersect command to cut the half circle on the bottom.

-Gully


#4

From left to right.
Draw the profile of the rail and a path for it to follow.
Select the path, get the Follow Me tool and click on the profile.
Draw a “cutter” and use it to intersect with the end.
Make the intersection and delete the waste.

And Gully is faster.


#5

Usually not.

-G


#6

If you solved the problem with scripting in SketchUp, would that be Ruby on Rails?


#7

Thanks so much. This has really been helpful.