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StairDesigner and Quick Design Libraries: New Feature Updates
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StairDesigner 7.15a is now available.

This fixes a number of minor bugs including incorrect calculations relating to the connections between cut strings in some stair configurations.

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StairDesigner 7.15 is now available on our website, details as follows:

  • New Soffit feature, mainly used by masons to create a concrete stair which can be covered with wood or stone

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  • New front and back nose line options added to post processors

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  • NC-HOPS stringer division bug fix

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StairDesigner 7.14d has been released with the following updates:

  • New F4G post processor export format for Felder Format 4 CNC routers
  • Automatic backup function function of your design (every 5 minutes) in the event of an unexpected shutdown
  • A corrective shift of the drilling tool starting point when machining horizontal drillings (bannisters in stringboards)
  • A correction of the position of virtual faces, when applicable

Click here to download the latest version of StairDesigner (please log in first)

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We are delighted to announce a new and improved version of the StairDesigner Quick Design libraries.

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These libraries work in tandem with our StairDesigner software to allow easy application of materials and manufacturing preferences. They also include a range of stair models that highlight the design possibilities of the software.

What’s new?

  • Lots of extra models including stairs with room layout enhancements
  • New and popular material options for better 3D rendering
  • New range of manufacturing methods and sub-methods, these style sheets define your design to manufacturing preferences and massively speed up the production process
  • A reworked installer with added flexibility when writing files to an already active installation

Click here for more details on our StairDesigner Quick Design libraries update.

To get these new libraries, log in then go to the StairDesigner download page.

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StairDesigner 7.14a is now available to download. This update addresses a number of minor internal fixes.

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We are pleased to advise that we have just released StairDesigner 7.14 including the following new features:

CNC oversizing

In the post processor export, each part may be exported with a height and width oversizing.

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Newel post .cix / Biesse post processor export

Continuing the roll out of this feature across our different post processor options, it's now possible to export the newel post as a single CIX files, or multiple files, one for each face.

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Tube rail position and angle data

The postion of the selected rail from the bottom of a newel post is now shown, as well as its angle to the newel post.

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Other post processor updates

  • Pocketing is now available for the NC-HOPS post processor
  • Horizontal milling is now available for Biesse .cix and SCM .xxl post processors

The latest version of StairDesigner is available for download here (please log in first)

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StairDesigner 7.13e is now available for download. This fixes a bug in the template printing set up.

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StairDesigner 7.13d is now available for download. No new features to report, this addresses an internal bug fix only.

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StairDesigner 7.13c is now available from the StairDesigner download page.

It includes a specific fix for a mirroring issue upon exporting a stringboard divided into two parts to an SCM Record CNC router when used in pendular mode.

Pendular mode is the running of the CNC machine in tow parts as if it were two machines. This allows the user to load a part while the machine is still machining another part.

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A new headroom feature has been released in StairDesigner 7.13, minor fixes were released to this in StairDesigner 7.13a and StairDesigner 7.13b now the current release.

You can download StairDesigner here.

This feature allows you to set a control value in Tools > Control Values for your minimum acceptable headroom. That's the distance between the step below the stairwell opening and the height of the opening.

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You can define the dimensions of your stairwell from the Modify menu.

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And edit further in the Properties menu. The headroom distance is also shown there, if it's below your control value you'll receive a warning.

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Make a change and the headroom is automatically recalculated.

A nice simple feature to help you avoid costly errors and save time during the design process.

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StairDesinger 7.12g is now available for download.

It addresses a specific printing issue with full size templates.

In the template printer settings there is a check box called page length adjustment, see below:

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When activated this should restrict the printout area to the required length automatically.

However this command was previoulsy ignored by some drivers including PDF Creator.

This has now been fixed.

Please note that the fix only applies to part lengths up to 3.27m as beyond this length the command is no longer active and depends on how the specific driver functions.

This limitation would normally only occur on stringer and cut stringer printouts.

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We have a number of updates to StairDesigner to tell you about today.

The latest version of StairDesigner is available to download here

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Current version StairDesigner 7.12f

Adjustable position of the first tube rail.

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The height of the first or lowest rube rail can be adjusted in relation to the stringboard. This is useful where the default space between the rail and the steps is large and needs to be reduced for child safety reasons.

A new riser perpendicular penetration Y/N option requested by a number of 5 axis CNC users shown below.

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no:

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StairDesigner 7.12e

Minor bug fixes

StairDesigner 7.12d

New BTL export file format.

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This is an intermediary file format used to move data between 2 pieces of software, typically used in solid wood carpentry solutions.

DXF file output rotation option.

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This allows to orientate the DXF output according to the CNC table settings

Currently, parts are placed along the x-axis. By adding a rotation angle in the post processor you can place items along the y-axis using a + or -90° rotation. Any other rotation angle is also possible but in reality, you will normally restrict yourself to 0 or +/-90°.

Every category of parts can be set individually on a specific angle. For example if there is the need to process newels along the x-axis the rotation can be set to 0°. Stringboards can be set at 90° to process along the y-axis. This is user-dependent.

StairDesigner 7.12c

Option within selected post processors to set up a specific tool for a required machining operations. An example would be to use a specific tool to machine a bullnose stringer step housing.

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StairDesigner 7.12b

Minor bug fix.

StairDesigner 7.12a

Included a fix for anti-virus false positives.

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StairDesigner 7.12a is now available on our website. This update includes a new antivirus certification system to prevent false positive reporting of our software.

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We are pleased to announce a new release of our stair software, StairDesigner 7.12.

This new version includes a 3DS export, as well as a generation of new post processors, partially similar to the future Polyboard PPs and using one tools list per post processor (see image below).

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New SCM / XXL and NC-HOPS post processors have also been added.

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Hi everyone, StairDesigner 7.11a is now available on our website. This includes a new handrail tubing feature. With the handrail selected, go to the Properties menu > Filling section and choose 'Tube Rails' as shown below.

You also have the flexibility to add tube rail posts, and to add intermediate posts to support the railing.

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Hi, StairDesigner is now available in Japanese, version 7.10f (with a partial translation released in version 7.10e).

As usual, you can download the latest version with this new development from our website.

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Hi, we have a new version of StairDesigner, firstly 7.10c and now 7.10d. This addresses false positives the software was experiencing with selected anti-virus software packages. To confirm again, the software is completely virus free. Thanks for your patience as we've been addressing this issue.

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We're pleased to announce the release of StairDesigner 7.10 which is available for download on our website. Here's a list of the main new features:

1. New save and restore function

It's now very easy to backup and restore your own StairDesigner settings. This covers the libraries, units of measure, post processor set up, and image files that are included in the textures directory.

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2. Changes to the landings feature

It's now possible to design with successive landings in a single stair project. If you want to start your stair with a landing, first create a flight, add the landing, then go back and delete the flight.

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Models with landings (currently models #7 and #8) have also been adjusted. Previously these models used flight length parameters. This has now been changed to use length of side parameters to reflect more closely the on site stairwell dimensions you would typically take.

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3. Line thickness of 1:1 templates

A configurable line thickness is now available in the template print outs.

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4. The Biesse CID/CIX post processor now includes machining on the edges for 4 axis CNCs

The previous post processor only allowed face machining, so drilling from above, and was therefore limited to 3 axis CNC machines. The new Biesse PP allows side machining.

5. New activation system

New and improved activation process with enhanced security features.

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Activating the free/demo version of StairDesigner is still just as easy and fast. Export and send us the user code and we'll send back the activation code to import via the dialogue box shown above.

As soon as you've done that, all manufacturing output features will be unlocked.

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Hi everyone, StairDesigner 7.05d has been released today. Here are the key new features:

1. Wedges management

Assembling a stair with wedges has a number of advantages.

If the stair is between 2 walls, you can assemble the stair in full in the stairwell. Attach the stringboards to the walls, and slide into place the steps and risers from behind, then wedge them in place.

Also with driven in wedges, glued in place, the result is a very tight assembly. Even over time as the wood shrinks and the play increases, you'll get very little or no movement, so no squeaking of the steps and risers.

Of course, wedges are not elegant to look at, so they're only useful if the back of the stair is not visible.

In technical terms, when both the steps and the risers have a positive penetration in the stringboard, the wedging option can be activated, with 2 distinct angles.

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StairDesigner Pro DXF will export the exact modified shape as illustrated above, while StairDesigner Pro PP will apply the post processor settings to the machining.

2. Step tenons can now be exported in DXF

In previous versions only the step outline was exported in DXF.

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3. Curved part management with Arc Control

There is now extra flexibility in how you can define curved parts with Arc Control.

The circular sections of the stairwell may now be fully controlled by the angle, the radius, the arc sagitta, or the position of the arc centre.

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Announcing StairDesigner 7.05c. This latest release is now available on our website: StairDesigner download

The new features relate to post processor functions and are:

1. Parts selection - available in StairDesigner Pro DXF and Pro PP

You can now select which parts to export to suit your particular manufacturing process and simplify the post processor file output.

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2. Profiling tool maximum depth / multiple passes - Pro PP

The tool operation can now be divided into several passes. When the material thickness is larger than the tool maximum depth value, StairDesigner will generate multiple passes to achieve increasing depths.

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3. Rough cut then finish cut - Pro PP (all post processors excluding DXF - this is to follow)

This option enables to add a second profiling outline, with an optional offset from the main outline. Typically this is used to achieve a rough cut before the finish cut.

When the second outline option is activated, each outline will have its own tool and maximum depth parameters.

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4. MPR / woodWOP / Homag pockets - Pro PP

This features now allows you to create step and rise housings in the stringboards, spindle mortises in the strings, and handrails, and mortises in the newel posts.

Previously these housings and mortises appeared in the DXF output but you needed to apply the tool paths in woodWOP. The process is now automatic and much faster.

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5. Biesse and TpaCAD pockets - Pro PP

These post processors also have a new pocket feature enabled, with an initial outline followed by an inner pocketing to allow improved fine tuning of the machining.

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6. Stringboard export accuracy - both DXF Pro and Pro PP

This new parameter defines the maximum difference between the theoretical spline shape and the exported polyline.

The main purpose of this parameter is to reduce the number of exported arcs.

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