Week 4

Stairs & Towers & Railings:
Up, Up, we go…65460744bbaei_sm


End of video 1: To create the stairs that will fit the inside pavilion, you will use the “divide” command to see to be able to calculate the riser and run relationships. So instead of creating stairs with random dimensions and hoping that it will line up to your structure, the divide command takes away the guesswork. With one stair step created, use the “array linear” command to duplicate and complete the stairs. One of the more important skills I took away from this video is the essential task of joining and grouping items, especially when it comes to the stairs. For future reference, you can manipulate the C plane to fit your design needs and set it back in the same drop down as the views.


End of video 2: To create my very first stair tower, I used many different important commands including: polyline, construction plane, move, select a point, solid union (must select piece by piece). This part was not too tricky since I was just following Rob’s video. During this process, the most intriguing part was when we created a solid center wall in the middle of the tower after we made the stairs. You would think that the center wall would come first, then the stairs.


End of video 3: Kalin introduced us to the gumball command before, but I never used it when I would design things in Rhino…until today. I didn’t realize how powerful and helpful it is when placing the tower in the correct position with the pool. Also with Solid > Solid Edit Tools > Move Face, you can move the face without making a whole new solid to add to it.


End of video 4: The railings seemed so intimidating at first. But by the end of the video, making railings turned out to be my favorite part. Maybe it is just the repetition that I enjoy, but railings and I get along pretty well. That “pipe” command is so easy. Note: When making railings, make sure to join the polyline before choosing the pipe command!

Screen Shot 2015-02-01 at 9.25.02 PM

On my own: I had to redo the stairs to my first tower because my rise and run ratio did not meet the code. I had 6” rise and 10” run, far shorter than the qualifications. I only realized nearing the end of it completion, silly me. It was probably because I started working right after the Seahawks super bowl loss, I was sad and decided to work on Rhino. Anyways, after this, I went back and fixed my ratio.

Screen Shot 2015-02-01 at 8.37.03 PM Screen Shot 2015-02-01 at 10.39.54 PM  Screen Shot 2015-02-01 at 11.23.06 PM


Tada, here are the final stair towers and their railings. Not pictured, but I later went back and added railings to my stairs in the pavilion.


I like making railings, but not so much stairs. I tried making curved stairs, but that didn’t turn out too well. Remember, the array linear command and join command allow stair making to me less painful. Once again, the Solid > Extrude Planar Curve > Straight command has become a staple.



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s