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Robert Anderson

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    Marionette Resources for Beginners

    Hi all, I thought that I'd try and put in one place some diverse Marionette resources for you who are new to Vectorworks' algorithmic / parametric modeling tool: Basic Tutorial in Vectorworks documentation More Advanced Tutorial in Vectorworks documentation Marionette on YouTube (thank you Jim) Marionette Developer Wiki (for Pythonistas)
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    I can't edit Records in the OIP like I used to

    Try hiding the Nav palette.
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    I can't edit Records in the OIP like I used to

    I"m guessing here because I'm a Mac user, but I'd bet the field-list part of your Data tab is hidden. Point at the bottom of the "record formats" list area and drag up.
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    buying vectorworks fundamentals online?

    You can start with a 30-day trial from CADTEC to get going: http://www.cadtec.com.br/index.php?redirect=http://www.cadtec.com.br/internas/vectorworks/
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    Truss Symbols Not Loading

    When you placed the truss symbols, they include several classes that come in to your document along with the content. Turn off the class "Rigging-Truss-Simplified" and the masking rectangles will be hidden to expose the full glorious truss geometry.
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    Customize Detail Call Outs

    Sean, I'm trying to understand the workflow you are trying for. The Detail Callout by definition is a region (polyline, if you will) of a drawing that is linked to the crop of a viewport. So not having a region seems to be kind of beside the point. What is your arrowhead pointing at?
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    Export multiple site models into an IFC file

    Glad to help, Anna. Often when default conversion resolutions are set to "high" or "very high" and you are importing spline data for topos, it's possible to get topographic geometry that can have 3000 or 4000 vertices for a single topo line on a feature. The site model works with the data it has, and doesn't simplifiy. This can bog down the model and also anything that depends on the model (like IFC export). You can reduce the vertices by a factor of 20 (and speed up by MORE than a factor of 20) with no discernible difference in the visual quality of the site model. That's why we have "Simplify 3D Polys" in the Terrain menu. Again, glad to help!
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    Is there something like dynamic blocks in Vectorworks

    Thanks, Pat!
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    Is there something like dynamic blocks in Vectorworks

    No problem. You create a Record format with a popup field containing the desired text values. Now you create a symbol definition with a piece of text that will show up with each instance (each insertion) of the symbol definition. Next you use the "link text to Record" command to get instance-specific text.
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    Export multiple site models into an IFC file

    How big is the file in Vectorworks? Can you post a copy of the VWX file?
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    Export multiple site models into an IFC file

    What version of Vectorworks?
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    Export multiple site models into an IFC file

    What version of Vectorworks are you using to export, and are you exporting to IFC 2x3 or IFC4?
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    Export multiple site models into an IFC file

    Hi Anna, you say "apparently too big". Why do you say this? Does it just make a monster IFC file?
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    Slabs & Door Visibility in Plan

    Top/Plan view is a drafted view of the 3D objects. It allows you to have some graphical control. You can create viewports in Top/Plan (drafted view) or Horizontal Section (strict spatial view.)
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    Slabs & Door Visibility in Plan

    This is a drawing order issue. Select the slabs and Send to Back.
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    Roof not creating a shadow during render

    OK -- when you select the Roof object, what fill attributes does the roof have in the Attributes palette? If it's None, try giving it a Solid fill.
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    Roof not creating a shadow during render

    What Renderworks Textures have you applied to the roof?
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    Multi Floor Buildings

    You should be able to use a Design Layer Viewport for this.
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    Soft Goods defaults

    Thanks for the clarification, Kevin!
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    Soft Goods defaults

    Go to Tools menu, Plug-ins submenu, Plug-in Manager command. You can drill down and set your preferred defaults:
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    Marionette Wrap

    Thomas, are all your scripts identical in structure? If so, this suggests that it may make more sense to structure the inputs to accommodate a 3 element list of inputs, with each entry having a criteria, recname, and field name. Then just run it once.
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    Piers in wall but with a void inside

    The only thing you can do at corners is unjoin the walls, reshape the ends, and patch. Obviously, the wall in which you put the insert is the one overlapping the corner.
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    Piers in wall but with a void inside

    Spotlight also has the "Create Wall Projection" command, in the Spotlight:Architectural submenu. Remember, however, that once you create a projection in a wall, you can't then add a door or window in that section of wall. So if you have openings in walls of different thickness, they should be different wall styles.
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    Piers in wall but with a void inside

    This is called a "Wall Projection" in Vectorworks Architect. Craw a rectangle over the plan view of the wall that is the size of the inside of your pier. Make sure the rect overlaps your air gap. Select the rectangle and the wall and run the "Create Wall Projection" command. Wrap the brick component on the left and nothing on the right. This creates a Wall Feature object inserted in the wall. You can resize it if you wish by double-clicking it or using the Enter Group command. Here are some images of the process:
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    Custom Doors and Frames

    Jonny, thanks for your further clarification. I might mention also interiorCAD which has a bunch of CNC functionality out-of-the-box. Not cheap, but if it does what you need then it can save a lot of expensive time. It is more cabinet-oriented though, and so the Marionette approach might be the best. It's not a big deal to pass a list of objects (e.g. doors) to a Mario script and have it "draw stuff". And our DWG export is pretty clean. My advice on designing the script is pretty much classic: start from the endpoint. Think about what the ideal output looks like, and work backwards to get that. For instance, here are some generic questions to answer: What do the door shop-drawings (intended) look like? Does your workflow require that there be a separate file for each door, or would 1 door per design layer be sufficient? What do you want to keep as a legal record of the project? How would you prefer to do quality review of the output (and what implications does this have on data structure)? What parts of the workflow might be best kept manual or semi-manual, and what has to be automated? ...etc.

 

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