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Childrens playground equipment, playground plans and design

Playground equipment all over North America is being revised to many new building code regulations. Safety is now a huge concern with playground equipment. Play areas are designed with rubber mulch floors instead of concrete and gravel. Play equipment is designed without sharp edges or trip hazards. Equipment is even being designed so it can shelter children from harmful solar ultraviolet radiation.

The picture below shows how solar screen material can be used as a sunshade covering a piece of school play equipment. Children can suffer sunburn even on cloudy or overcast days without UV protection. In addition, shiny play equipment, concrete surfaces and play sand reflect the heat of the sun. Childrens skin can sunburn in a matter of minutes. The screen material in the picture blocks ninety seven percent of the suns harmful UV radiation.

Solar screens can reduce the temperature underneath the shade by almost twenty degrees fahrenheit, preventing burns from hot plastic and metal slides. The solar screen can stand extremes in weather conditions but during the winter, the solar shade material can be removed to prevent the buildup of snow

Playground Equipment
Children need plenty of outdoor play time for healthy development, but as caregivers, we need to encourage sun safety. The health risks associated with overexposure to ultraviolet radiation are largely preventable.

The links below show play structures that can be purchased. For more information just click on the graphic. Most of the these structures are commercial equipment intended for use in schools, apartment complexes and community centers. You could also use them for residential playgrounds if you have the space

Heather - Metal Posts With Metal Decks Val Complete - Wood Posts With Wood Decks
A variety of climbing and sliding activities on this model invite children to exercise their muscles. They provide the developmental activities your children need to grow. Supports 60 Kids. Dimensions: Equipment: 60' x 24' Border 80' x 40' Commercial Wood Play equipment. The ultimate play equipment for children of all ages. Can hold up to 72 kids. Supports 72 Kids. Dimensions: 44'x32'
Cassie - Metal Posts With Metal Decks Laura - Wood Posts With Wood Decks
Commercial Metal Play system. A variety of climbing and sliding activities on this model invite children to exercise their muscles. This set provides the develpmental activities your children need to grow. Supports 46 kids. Dimensions: Equipment - 46' x 20' Border - 60' x 34' Commercial Wood Play system. Includes two half circle climbers with hand holds, 1 10' tube slide, 1 8' straight slide with slide guard, 1 triple rail slide with slide guard, swinging bridge, multiple play decks, steering wheel, and a wavy horizontal ladder. Suports 25 kids. Dimensions: 38'x26' Border: 54'x42'
Nicole - Metal Posts With Metal Decks Shane Activity Gym
Commercial Metal Play equipment. The variety of climbing and sliding activities on this model invites children to exercise their muscles. Model Nicole provides the developmental activities your children need to grow along with variety and excitement. Supports 24 Kids. Dimensions: 32'x32' Border 48'x48' Commercial Metal Playground. Shane combines the action of slides with a low "perch" deck for resting. Number of kids: 15 Equipment dimensions: 20' x 10' Border dimensions: 38' x 26'
Rebecca - Wood Posts With Wood Decks Jessica - Wood Posts With Wood Decks
Commercial Wood Playground. Includes wave slide with guard, swinging bridge, corkscrew climber, stairsteps with handrail, log roll with handholds, crawl tunnel, multiple fort areas, climbing bars, and steering wheel. Supports 18 Kids. Dimensions: 28'x14' Border: 40'x28' Commercial Wood Play system. This heavy duty 6" x 6" post version offers exciting play activities for older children. Supports 25 Kids Dimensions: 15'x17' Border: 27'x33'
Fort Washington Playground Marie - Metal Posts With Metal Decks
Commercial Plastic Play. 12' tall (to top of pyramid roof). 29'x25' in actual size. Made of recyclable plastic. Commercial Metal Play system. A variety of climbing and sliding activities on this model invite children to exercise their muscles. They provide the developmental activities your children need to grow. Supports 16 Kids. Dimensions: Equipment: 24' x 12' Border 38' x 26'
Fort Ticonderoga Playground
Commercial Plastic Play system. 12' tall (to top of pyramid roof). 30'x29' in actual size. Made of recyclable plastic.


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  • Sketching on a SolidWorks drawing

    If you are new to SolidWorks, there can be times when things are a little frustrating. One of those simple things is adding notes or sketching lines on an exisiting drawing with several views.

    You add your note or centerline and then move one of the views but the note you added stays where it is and you end up having to move it seperately.

    Or you have a note that belongs somewhere else in the drawing that gets moved when you are rearranging views when you dont want it to.

    The solution to these problems is found in these excerpts from the SolidWorks help section.
     
    Lock View Focus.
    Allows you to add sketch entities to views, even when the pointer is close to another view. You can be sure that the items you are adding belong to the views you want. You can also double-click views to lock the focus.
    So if you want to add a note or a line to views and have them move when you move the view, click in the views, right click and lock the view focus, then add the items you want.

    Once you are finished just click the views and unselect the lock view focus. Now your items should move in lock step with the views.

    What about notes that you want to be part of the sheet. Say you have some general material or heat treatment notes that you dont want to have moved when views are manipulated. You need to use lock sheet focus.

    Lock Sheet Focus.
    Allows you to add sketch entities to the sheet. Otherwise, the sketch entities belong to the view that is closest to where you begin sketching. You can also double-click a sheet to lock the focus. Lock Sheet Focus is available when at least one drawing view is present. When Lock Sheet Focus is enabled, the drawing sheet border is pink.

    Finally if you are in a situation where you want to lock certain projections in postion use lock view position. I find this useful when I want to use a single projection to show an open or closed position by superimposing views on top of each other:

    Create two views of the same part or assembly. Align them horizontally or vertically as required. Right-click anywhere in the desired view and select Lock View Position. Then you can line up the copied views right over top of the original, making it look as if both are the same.
    Following these directions should help so that notes and sketched lines dont end up where they are not supposed to be!