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What process or tool allows modifying a framing member while retaining the plug-in attributes. ie drawing a deck using 2x12s and cutting the member to be stair a carriage?

 

Is this possible?

 

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I always wondered how people handle this - i.e. you want to use a "member" tool PIO, but also want to model in hole patterns, notches, etc... Would love to hear about people's workflows when they need to show that kind of LOD.

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I haven't tested 2020 yet, I usually wait until SP3, but I questioned and wish-listed this last year. Hopefully, with this year being all about "data", it has been fixed!  

 

 

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I installed 2020 before starting to model this deck. It remains true that once you make a solid subtraction to a framing member it is no longer a framing member PIO.  I used extrudes for the stair carriages. 

 

On another note For the life of me I could not get the rails I wanted out of the rail tool (RDI vinyl rails). So I wound up fully modeling them. 

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That's a disappointment, I kinda thought 2020's new History-Based Modelling feature would have been built to address this. What's frustrating, is the PIO remains intact within the Subtraction, the data is there, worksheets just can't get to it. 

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