Indeed when I thought of Frame-lines I wanted to create parametric sections: in fact it is possible to use directly a "sketch" object, drawn with the Sketcher work bench, as a profile for beams created with "Frame-line manager". The matter is only to practice a little bit because orientation of lines may affect the behaviour of some commands.
I'm attaching an example where is used the profile of an "omega" drawn in a sketch.
- You should only pay attention to draw the lines always in counter-clockwise direction with the multi-line tool.
- Then apply the dimensions and other constraints.
- With "Insert std. sections" create the empty Profiles_set.
- Drag the sketch object into the Profiles_set group.
- Start creating all your structures with "Frame-line manager"
Other things to remember:
- If you tag "copy profile", the command will create a copy of the sketch object for each beam that is created. This means that if you change the sketch inside Profile-set, changes won't apply to the structure created. You have to modify the copied sketch to see the beam changed.
- You can drag in the Profiles_set any 2D object that's accepted as .Base for the Arch.Structure objects
- I didn't tested this procedure with 0.17 Sketch objects yet: hope it works as well.