Using Ramp Figures to Represent Tilted Details in SCARM

With the releasing of SCARM v. 1.5.0, a new figure was introduced in the program – the Ramp. The basic usage of the Ramp figure is described in its name, but it can be used also to create various tilted details in SCARM layout designs.

The Ramp figure is located just above the Roof in the “Figures” panel. When used, it will be drawn like a Rectangle with one dashed side in the 2D Editor and will represent a ramp in the 3D Viewer where the dashed line in 2D shows the raised edge of the ramp:

If the Height property of the Ramp figure is set to negative value, the ramp in the 3D viewer will be inverted:

And here comes the trick – you can use a group of one normal and one inverted ramp side by side (below left). When both ramps are properly aligned, they will look as one tilted detail (below right).

You can then stack several grouped normal/inverted ramps one over another, where each upper group is shifted aside (below left). And when you align them in both horizontal and vertical directions, you can get your first tilted object (below right).

The shape of the composite object depends on the shape of the base ramp. The tilt angle of the composite object depends on the relation between the height of the base ramp and its orthogonal side dimension.

Using this trick, you will be able to create any tilted details with rectangular base section for your SCARM layouts, like the sloped beams in the bridge below.

See also
How to work with figures


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