Is free stair CAD software any good?
Is the demo version of StairDesigner a useful free stair design calculator?
What can you really do with the free demo version of StairDesigner?
You can download a free demo version of the StairDesigner stair software here.
But you are probably asking yourself so what?
– What can I do with the demo version of this stair software?
– Can I still draw stair plans?
– Is the demo version a valid stair design calculator?
– Can I get a perspective drawing of stairs?
– Can I use StairDesigner as a stair stringer calculator?
– Does StairDesigner show me how to draw stairs?
– And probably many more questions will pop to mind.
This series of articles is going to try and give you a clearer picture of the possibilities of the demo version of this stair cad software and the essential differences between the demo version and the full DXF version.
First of all the big advantage of the demo of this stair software version is it’s a free stair calculator.
The demo version will do just about everything the full version will do except print and export files for CAD/CAM. So you will be asking if I can’t print what good is it to me?
The StairDesigner demo version will do you some very useful work for you and for free!
For instance: You want to just calculate stairs. Say you want a straight flight 3m50 long and 800mm wide, for a floor to floor height of 2m60.
First set your working units.
Open the options “menu” then click “units”.
For our example choose your working units in mm.
Open the “File-New Stair- Multi flight winding” menu to open the “Stair Well Parameters” tool box.
This stair calculator will do the maths for you.
For straight stairs just type in the length of the flight in the “Length” box.
For instance in our example 3500mm.
Then type in the width of the “landing step” (last step flush to the 1st floor) 100mm for our example.
Type in floor height, 2600mm in our example.
You’ll see that StairDesigner gives a default number of steps at 16 The tool box should look like this:
Click “update” to calculate the stairs with your parameters.
StairDesigner gives “riser height” as 162.500, tread width as 226.667 and stair rule as 551.667.
The “OK” button is red to say that the stair doesn’t fit into the limits of control.
If you click on the “control” button you will see the control tool box that defines the limits of control.
To get the stairs designed within the control parameters click on the “help” button.
StairDesigner shows the actual parameters and suggests modifying the number of risers to 14.
You should see this:
StairDesigner replaces 16 risers with 14 and the “OK” button is now green.
StairDesigner calculates the stairs and draws them giving all the information of height, rise, width etc..
Click on the 3D button and StairDesigner shows the staircase in real 3D!
This is just a short preview of how to draw stairs in the demo version. In the next post we will add newel posts and modify the handrails.
To see just how fast and easy stair design is with StairDesigner, watch this video!
Download the free demo version of StairDesigner to get started.