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    Smarter Wall Framer

    There is a clear need for an ability to draw walls as panels. This method of production is common in Europe and increasingly so elsewhere. We are seeing a move towards factory production using SIPS panels and its worth noting that this is available as a plug in Autocad. Unfortunately when I raised this NVI some time ago it was deemed not necessary. Go figure!
  2. Has any thought been given to allow a Marionette wrapper to be placed on a New Tool Set I know you can create a menu item - it appears under Tools> Marionette Commands and which is stored in your User Library. To be able to select your wrapper and then edit via OIP would be great. Alternatively have the Node create a Tool on a tool set.
  3. Have you seen or created a Marionette to create a SIPS Panel. We are seeing a lot of SIPS being used and no software really addresses that. I can create a panel but it becomes a Group which does not allow me to insert a window or door which is what is needed when cutting the panel on a CNC via DXF. Any ideas would be welcome.

    SIPS as Plug In.vwx

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    Marionette Wrapper

    Good call Marissa that works well. On another note have you seen or created a Marionette to create a SIPS Panel. We are seeing a lot of SIPS being used and no software really addresses that. I can create a panel but it becomes a Group which does not allow me to insert a window or door which is what is needed when cutting the panel on a CNC via DXF. Any ideas would be welcome. SIPS.vwx
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    Nesting parts for CNC

    Patrick If you do a lot of this the simpler way is to Export a DXF to a nesting programme like Enroute. Get in touch if you need more information. Enroute will read both 2D and 3D DXF and will post to CNC. Interiorcad to Enroute.mp4
  6. I have created a Plant Catalog from an Excel Spreadsheet provided by a client. This works very well. Is there any intention or possibility to allow the user to click on any of the available images to then drag and drop into the plan?
  7. I am seeking feedback on the demand for a tool to create roof flashings. Typically for tiled roofs there would be tiles along the hips and ridge, in metal roofs there would be metal flashings. In gullys there would be a variety of solutions such as metal or butynol rubber.. To draw these takes a lot of time and a tool to do this would appear to belong overdue. Our competitors have this facility.
  8. BG I have to stress that the tool is a beta version only. Both Jonathan and I had input in the same way with the foliage tool. Your feedback is important though as all the comments so far are very relevant relevant and appreciated. Please bear in mind the value of Andrea's contribution these things start off as a hobby for him and he still provides the downspout for free. What is important I feel is that if we make enough noise someone at NVI will wake up and take notice. Surely roofs in the US have gutters, flashings and downspouts or maybe none of the homes owned by NVI employees have those items! In answer to the question about brackets the answer is yes and the spacing is variable. Aspect Design - I don't regard what we are asking for as small stuff. It is fundamental to virtually any building!
  9. Hi BG I will be talking to Andrea. At the moment it does not follow a sloping roof. I think the tool also needs to connect to his downspout tool. Watch this space.
  10. Andrea has asked me to test his latest plug in which is for gutters. So far it's looking really good. Check out his site for his other plug ins as well: https://andreafacchinello.wordpress.com/summary/ The gutter tool is not available yet, but from the look of things it will be soon.
  11. I have to insert a formula (in a worksheet or vector script) to calculate the metal blank size for a segment of an auger. The finished product will have an outside diameter of 100mm, the central shaft will be 40mm and the pitch will be 150mm. Material is 7mm plate. What is the formula to calculate the metal blank size which is used to create this?
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    Calculation of Flight Blank for Augers

    Aarono I think this is what you need: SCREW FLIGHT DEVELOPMENT.xls Auger-Create.doc
  13. I am interested to make contact with any Architects / Designers based in Europe who are using Vectorworks and the Energos Module in any form to design a Passivhaus project. We are interested to see how you use Energos in relation to the Passivhaus PHP. Please make contact via the community board so that we can start a dialogue on this.
  14. The Plant Definition does not appear to give the user the ability to assign a plant to a particular class. This would appear to be a useful feature which would be very valuable when using the select similar tool for instance or in a large scale planting. Currently it appears to default to NONE. All comments appreciated.
  15. I have just completed a Render. File attached. Excellent quality but at 12 hours to render not exactly practical ! I would like to see the same facility in Vectorworks that is available in Cinema 4d whereby the render can be shared across a number of machines on a networks. Is this something that is a) possible b) under consideration ?
  16. Jim Thanks for your comments. The more contributors to this dialogue the better chance we have to initiate some action from NVI. In respect of downspouts use this link to download Andrea Facchinello's Free downspout tool: https://andreafacchinello.wordpress.com/downspouts-free/ He wrote the Foliage Plug In that is now in Landmark. I understand he is working on a guttering tool. If he can do it and still pursue his Architectural career what is stopping Vectorworks !
  17. I am surprised that this topic has generated so little comment. Attached is a composite image of residential homes in Australia, UK and Germany. One thing they all have in common is roof flashings in the form of tiles or steel on ridges and in valleys. Why does Vectorworks not address this as part of the Roof Tool or as an AEC Plug in. Having to manually draw these features is complex and time consuming. Surely the point of the software is to improve the workflow.
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    cabinets

    We have been Vectorworks agents for 20 years and have a good installed base of Interiorcad Users. We have also developed a range of Plug Ins to Interiorcad which facilitate such things such as grain matching and mortice and tenon joints. We have provided training and support to users in the US. As you may have seen from my earlier post we can provide output to CNC via Enroute (for nesting) or to Alphacam and aspan.
  19. Can you please consider as a matter of urgency for back referencing to be added to the Drawing Label sheet number when using auto coordination. This is a basic feature that is missing. So on linked viewports & on section viewports etc it shows where the detail or section is coming from. Our major competitors all have this. It is really important for an efficient workflow.
  20. It would be very useful to be able to adjust the XYZ coordinates for a background. How difficult would this be?
  21. Thanks Alan for your input in agreeing it is needed, but thanks also for the video.
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    cabinets

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    Theme Park Design

    Is anyone involved in Theme Park Design using Vectorworks. Preferably for design of the full park or elements of the park. Any similar venue designs which may be relevant would also be useful.
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    Theme Park Design

    Thanks for that. The confirmation alone is great. Have you used VW in the past on such projects, and were any not covered by NDA that you could name? Also is you current usage utilising all of VW or just a specific discipline like Landmark.
  25. Thanks Christian. I am working with a team doing some 40 Passivhaus projects. The issue is that there is very little information available to explain how Energos measures your input, which is essential to get your results correct. The overall result is interesting, but not really valid as direct input to the Passivhaus PHP which you need to complete to obtain certification. Many of the categories that you fill in to make Energos work must be entered directly in much more detail in the PHP. So the conclusion I have reached is that Energos to Passivhaus has potential for concept design to ensure you are on the right lines, but it is in no way going to facilitate certification. Vectorworks does not really allow you also to easily set lambda values for wall components. If you have a framing component in a wall this will have say, polystyrene or wool insulation ie 2 components, but you have to enter a lambda value for the 2 together. Passivhaus as a concept is fantastic but I feel Energos is simply a guideline at present. I understand Passivhaus is becoming quite big in the UK and Ireland and know of a number of schools built to Passivhaus standard. There are currently 7 certified houses in Australia and 11 in NZ.

 

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