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  1. digitalcarbon

    Making Sheets - Credit is due

    Ok, while I hate making sheets...the following only took me 45min...this could not have been manually drawn in 45min...so good job VW... I copied a sheet and then moved things around, turning on/off layers etc...it seemed cumbersome...but it took only 45 min... I guess what I hate is that Sheets require me to be an artist an I always stress as to what to show.... The only thing that makes sense to me is to break the model into the time of installation and who is installing it...then you would have a team of Gantt chart people matching their charts with the model parts 2 months ahead of construction...but when I make sheets I choke on how to do this. Mind you, Im not asked to think this way but I cannot stop thinking this way... The image on top was the one I copied and the second was the one that took 45min...complete with BOM
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    Title Blocks & Critical Mass

    Any reason why I should not have a library of title block SYMBOLS that I ref in vs using the title block tool and learning that and hoping the next release everything works? what i am finding is that i can only remember how to do basic stuff...make symbols, reference in...etc if i want to skip the letter "I" in my title block border because it looks like a "1" i cannot with these auto tools such as title block... so i have "I1" for a detail location... yes i know that the layer names sync with the title block and this is great but we have these other "1 set forward and 2 steps back" situations. I know that there is now a way to sync title blocks so one project can have many files...but again I need to learn a new system... I think there is a "critical mass" that a person hits
  3. bug - OpenGL Section Cuts - Fail i sent the file to luis. (i can not even begin to think how i would type this up. the bug team will need to watch the video and get the file from Luis)
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    Using 2 CAD systems

    Below shows me working 2 cad systems at once...Mechanical CAD (Onshape) on the left & Architectural (VW) on the right...doing a facility all in MCAD is tedious & doing all fabrication drawings in Architectural CAD is tedious...its like a motorcycle vs a car...which is better? It depends...at-any-rate, having the ability to blend & tweak each design WITHOUT having to send my concerns to a fabricator who makes the drawings is saving days worth of back and forth...I can do it in minutes...not to mention being able to fit a 60 acre site on the UTM surveyors grid & work with a terrain model...which cannot be done in MCAD...again shaving time off the back & forth... Onshape is the motorcycle...its good for doing one thing. VW is the mini van...it carries the whole project. We don't want VW to be the "car/boat'. That is that car that can also drive into the water and be a boat...it sucks as a car and its terrible as a boat...and only useful for impressing the "babes" and I doubt even that.
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    Using 2 CAD systems

    imports in to vw well...to check over all context... note the dirt & concrete texture in the image...not going to get that in any MCAD
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    Using 2 CAD systems

    so some have asked...should I get VW or Solidworks...(MCAD) to do my work... Onshape makes shop drawings really fast...but thats it...no customization, no presentation views...its for the guys in the shop..that's it... And that is the way it should be...its a child of the main project system (VW) then export parasolids for assembly in VW or the Minivan This symbiotic relationship is working well...no need for VW to make a custom cabinet tool...make custom cabinets in a separate VW file (direct modeling) and ref in to main VW file OR make the custom cabs in Onshape for real fabrication drawings...
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    The Vectorworks Twitch

    now I'm totally demoralized
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    The Vectorworks Twitch

    just had this in front of me for an advertisement... this is not going to help anyone...it will start out as saving time but then we will fill up our time with other things and soon our lives will be choked...again.
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    WGR seems more stable

    is it just me or has wgr been fixed? have not experienced any crashes dealing with wgr. before I could bet money that I could make it crash...now Its different..
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    WGR seems more stable

    Still no crashed using wgr since the last post...and i use it heavily....someone took the time to fix this... Well done... below is a small list of my wgr...
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    The Vectorworks Twitch

    @Mark Aceto, I like stuff like that...the whole why do things fall down thing... Here is the problem...Inventions are made to better mankind...if you listen to all the inventors they at one point say "I want to help people".. So we have cars instead of horse and buggy...mass production makes the car for everyone...horse and buggy roads are now inadequate for cars. road improvements are made...cars go faster...we can do more with cars...the roads get choked...Interstates get made...more can be done with cars and interstates Interstates get choked... there is a pattern here... a problem exists when a invention gets made to solve that problem...problem gets solved for a time but then the invention gets choked and a new "bypass" needs to be had. Computers were invented to solve a few hard problems...then they became cheap and now everyone has one...creating choking amounts of data... seen this in my own office...I made 3d models to help me confirm that the drawings would be correct...now I have been asked to make fly throughs for clients and now BOMs BOMs have now ratcheted up my modeling organization...instead of just having layers to make sheets...i now have to think about who is doing what with the model...what parts are Vendor or Fabricated or Field installed...and keeping those separate so I can make a BOMs
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    The Vectorworks Twitch

    ok...so I just read the wikipedia overview (The Mythical Man Month)...WOW! on the money!! I have experience most of what is written... in large projects...communication & import/export chews up half the week near the end of the project...even Bluebeam Revu does not really help in the end because of the need to update all sheets...a 4 hour affair for 17 sheets then upload to BBR, then people need to check it and mark it up meanwhile I'm still modeling so the prints on Bluebeam Revu are outdated within hours. The writing is on the wall...people need to be invited into a live, browser based collaboration Earth where everyone can see the state of the project in real time...& its location on the earth, flood plain, wetlands etc...so many sheets, so many people needed to make sheets... We have arrived at the point in time called https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tyranny_of_numbers Models can generate more information than the creation of sheets & import/export can handle. then everyone on the team in various offices around the world needs to have the latest hardware to handle the vast amounts of import/export... I can't even get people to use Skype without major arm twisting. Had a big fiasco with team members using Dropbox last week...not all team members have the same amount of space...so someone deleted the project file off their computer because THEY were running out of HD space...but they deleted it for everyone...this was caught 10 days after the 30 day delete restore ran out...but we got it back with the help of the techs at Dropbox...the point...everyone needs to have the same communication capacity...more arm twisting...
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    The Vectorworks Twitch

    you could also say that for Construction Drawings...I have yet to see a 100% finished set...it may say finished...it may be stamped...but its never 100%
  14. https://www.amazon.co.uk/SANWA-TB39BK-Scroll-Trackball-2-Way/dp/B0042UINC6 Logitech was making them too small...the one above is back the original size in the right hand and a 3dconnexion in the left
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    Sub-Parametric

    Imagine that the people at VW did not need to worry anymore with the stair tool & trying to make us all happy. They could then focus their energies elsewhere. The following video shows how putting control of the parametric in the hands of the operator will, in the end* make everyone happy. (*I was very frustrated at first but now I got it)
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    Sub-Parametric

    even the snap points for centers of rounds are present...well done
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    Sub-Parametric

    on a side point..this exports as a parasolid (.x_t) into vw very well...keeping my fab stuff in MCAD and my BLDG in VW as it should be. look at how nicely it imports.. Superb job guys.
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    cEarth

    every project end up on the earth...best to start off in the right spot then to find out later you are in the wrong spot and need to move your whole facility this way or that... What a nail biting 4 hrs.
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    cEarth

    A case for a universal browser based collaboration Earth. cEarth. How can the following be managed in a collaborative way? So if I wanted to build a Hypertunnel across the country... How do I get the existing conditions mapped out? This is not a "do it on my desktop machine" project. "you cannot manage what you have not measured"
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    cEarth

    Ok...so I was asked to provide a .shp file...have not done one of those in a long while... I thought the civil firm originally sent me the site in UTM in the beginning because that is what i said and everyone agreed but they did not tell that to their cad person... They were working in feet and the surveyors coordinate but I was in UTM.... to confirm that we were both in the same spot we needed to convert. They needed to take their surveyors coordinate and convert to Lat and Long then convert that to the UTM this all took about 4hrs So a cEarth collaboration browser would at least keep everyone in the same spot on the planet...I was in South America for the first 2 hrs then up near Greenland for the 3rd finally I ended up in California where the project was. all while trying to hit a deadline.
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    Materials

    a bit more... if we cut multiple parts from ONE piece of plywood then the program would need to know that you would only order ONE sheet vs many. see image below...the yellow is scrap but the other cuts need to be able to be separate from each other so I can assemble BUT the BOM will only show ONE sheet.
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    Successful strategies for reference grids/planes in 3D

    section vp skype mtwcarbon
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    Successful strategies for reference grids/planes in 3D

    hmmm...seems like this would not exist with a browser based cad system...ūüėÜ
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    Successful strategies for reference grids/planes in 3D

    3d grid & VPs Grid 3d.vwx
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    Looking for outsourcing?

    I have worked with Diego and found him very helpful at building my VW library. This allowed me to stay focused on assembling the model & sheets while he spent time making my 3d content. He also has Screen Flow to make videos and Bluebeam Revu.

 

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