|Arch -> Axis|
The Axis tool allows you to places an axes system in the current document. The distance and the angle between axes is customizable, as well as the numbering style. The axes serve mainly as references to snap objects onto, but can also be used together with structures to create parametric arrays of beams or columns.
The main use of axes systems is simply to give you reference lines to snap to, but they can also be used to automatically build structural arrays, such as columns grids and beam layouts:
To obtain that result, one or more axes systems must be added to a structural element, turning it into an array. If one axes system is added, the element is copied once on each line of the system, like the beams on the image above. If two systems are added, the element is copied once on each intersection of the two systems, like the columns on the image above. The same axes systems can of course be used in several structural objects.
The Axis tool can by used in macros and from the python console by using the following function:
import Arch Arch.makeAxis(5,2)