Have you ever bought play equipment for your children before? It can be a hard task, especially as a lot of big play equipment for your yard can be expensive. You may worry about the cost as well as how fun or exciting your children will find it – will they get enough out of it to justify the time and expense installing it?
You may have even considered making a tree house or climbing frame for your children, but have given up because you haven’t got the patience or the skills?
Action Climbing Frames have created a piece of software which can solve these problems. After creating a modular climbing frame system, 19 year-old employee Simon Statton set to work creating a piece of software which allows people to design their very own climbing frame from scratch.
Action 3D is a piece of free software that the user needs to download by going to that section on websites that promote the service. The software enables you to simply drag and drop different pieces of a climbing frame – including accessories, towers, ladders and tunnels – onto the working area. The user can rotate, move and zoom in or out on the model until they are happy with the design. It even adds up the cost of each element in the left-hand pane which allows you to keep an eye on how much that model would cost.
Each of the folders of individual climbing frame parts, tells you which part can be used with which tower, so you know you are building something which would really fit together in real life.
You may want to design a frame for fun, or for your family to buy and build in real life – whatever your reason for using Action 3D you will have fun doing it. Once your design is complete, you can save it or you can send and save it. If you choose to save and send, then one of the people who specialise in climbing frames will go over your design and contact you in order to complete your order – so you will have full confidence that you have designed something that will work.
Written by Abbi Stewart – designer and advisor at the Big Game Hunter’s Climbing Frame Shop.
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