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hudster

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Reference Plane drawbacks?
« on: June 29, 2017, 08:06:20 am »
Does anyone know of any drawbacks to using multiple reference planes in a model?

I have to mount over 1000 sockets and data points on Dado trunking, these are face hosted and have to be set out correctly.
So my plan is to host them to a reference plane, then align that plane with the trunking. So I can set out the standard outlets once, then copy and rotate without them becoming unhosted, saving days of work.

But I'm worried that having a few hundred reference plans might hamper model performance. so I'm looking for some reassurance before I get going.
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rvhwlc

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Re: Reference Plane drawbacks?
« Reply #1 on: June 29, 2017, 09:07:34 am »
no more hosted anything fore us... not worth it.. change family is best option

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Re: Reference Plane drawbacks?
« Reply #2 on: June 29, 2017, 09:26:55 am »
I'm in favor of non-hosted families but I am thinking that reference plains are a viable option.

Is this not a good thing?
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hudster

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Re: Reference Plane drawbacks?
« Reply #3 on: June 29, 2017, 09:39:54 am »
I tried arguing against hosted families. But Its a no go, no one will listen  :cry:
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rvhwlc

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Re: Reference Plane drawbacks?
« Reply #4 on: June 29, 2017, 05:20:54 pm »
this does not make sense.. a hosted family hosted to a arbitrary reference plane is no different than non hosted family hosted to nothing.. if wall or ceiling or whatever moves.. the ref plane does not unless you constrain.. then it will be performance nightmare..

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Re: Reference Plane drawbacks?
« Reply #5 on: June 29, 2017, 05:27:49 pm »
I tried hosting a couple of light fixtures to reference planes just the other day and the elevation was grayed out in properties.

What's getting me is that "non-hosted" families are actually hosted to the work/reference plane that corresponds with the level. The difference is eluding me except for the fact that "hosted" families have a hosting element.
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