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  1. nwfonseca

    Stop seeing grid through objects

    great! good to hear!
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    Stop seeing grid through objects

    I did figure this out once. What I think I did was turn off unified view. There should be a button on the top tool bar to the left of the 3D view drop down menu.
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    How to create thick walls

    Hmmm, is show details a 2018 thing? I'm in 17. The void is probably less important than the openings looking right. I could probably sell the lack of void to my boss. Those stripes make no sense. In the interim I have been making the core the same color as one of the walls and have one side with a strip the thickness of the drywall on one side. I guess I can make one sheet of drywall 1/32" thick and increase the interior thickness to accommodate. What I really want is the wall I have on off to the side to have an opening through it. That would make me happy as that is how the walls are built. Like I said, I think I might be asking for too much. I could technically change it all in Photoshop, but why have that extra step?
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    How to create thick walls

    Not bad, but on the walls where the opening intersects the other walls there is a ridge. I tried adding zeros to the thickness but when it gets too thin you get clipping. It is funny VW doesn't consider that an opening in a wall doesn't show layers when walking through. The problem isn't there if the whole wall is identical all the way around. Currently my project has it set up where there are normal walls then an extrusion across the opening but that looks more strange as there isn't a line there in life either. This is a rotating exhibit space where we alter the walls frequently and It would be nice to have the walls easier to change. even when I try a styled wall it is the same thing. I can't imagine it is that rare to have a wall opening without framing. I have a handful in my house haha.
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    How to create thick walls

    Have a look at what I have so far. I have openings in the walls with components. I gave them all their own dims and fills etc. I didn't name any of the components in this exercise but I have been naming them GWB, studs etc. It is irritating that it wants to revert them to textures all the time though but that is a story for another day. When I create the door opening I can see the layers at the top of the opening when using the walk through tool I can hid that if I use a cased opening but our openings don't have trim. If I create a wall made from multiple walls like ours our built the door cant cut through both. I may have expectations that VW cant do. I like the components as I can add the wall colors to opposite sides of a single wall. I prefer using walls as apposed to extrusions as I like the functionality of the components. walls.vwx
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    How to create thick walls

    One weird workaround I came up with was to make another wall the width of the void made the height of the wall the thickness of a wall and made the bottom offset the height of the opening. That plugged the opening in the void over the opening. It works but it would be better if the door opening filled the void in between the 2 walls.
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    How to create thick walls

    So I create the void as a component? I guess I might be being anal about it. I was hoping that when I was in plan view the void would be visible. Right now it looks like there's a giant stud running across the middle of the wall. If you want to see what I have I can attach a file. I have a test file I am trying things out on so I don't have to do it in my giant work file.
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    How to create thick walls

    Hi all, I am trying to create some 18 inch thick walls with an opening. These are preexisting walls. The simple way to do it I guess, would be to just change the settings so that the wall is a solid 18 inches. However, that is not how the wall is built. Obviously they used metal studs and there is a void in the center. When I draw it that way and put in a door as an opening there is a gap in the overhead between the 2 walls. Is there a way to cap the top of the door? Maybe I can change the thickness of the door in one wall to cut across to the other side? What say you!?
  9. Well, I think it was a class thing. Once I changed the classes of the walls it stopped doing it. Thanks for the help!
  10. I can give you a screenshot if I can get it to happen again.
  11. Hmmm, I am not sure I am permitted to share the file as it belongs to my employer. Not sure how to strip it back that I am not violating any company policy.
  12. Hi Gang, I am having this issue in my 3D model where walls will become invisible when I open my file. I have all classes turned on, in view I have classes set to show/ snap/ modify others. I can hover over the walls and they glow so I can select them. I then have to go through and select each individual wall and change them to solid. It is a real nuisance. Any thoughts as to why that would occur? Also, it becomes problematic select all as I have visible walls with a fill meaning if I select all everything is solid even objects with texture fill.
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    3D Workflow Tips

    Thanks for the input! much appreciated. I have no problem working totally in 3D I just need to convince my senior designers to go along. They have been around a long time from the days of going to the printers for large drawing sets (30 plus years). They aren't resistant to change thankfully; but as you know, people don't like to go out of their comfort zones too quickly. Referencing could work, but I am an off site worker so I am not sure there is a way I can make that work. I work for the Smithsonian so outside access can be tricky. I tend to try and keep a single file if it is for a single gallery space approximately 5-10,000 square feet. My more recent experience with a smaller 3D space in VW 2017 has been buggy? I have a file with 3D that isn't that huge 23MB but when I move to the 3D view it will often crash if it is on open gl which is easier to work in "visually" That is why I am a little afraid to cram everything into a single file. I can easily have 100 MB files in Sketchup or Rhino and they run fine. My computer is well above the specs for 2018 or 17 so it isn't hardware related. Anyway both of your comments are well taken, thank you.
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    Sheet layer Drawing Coordination

    Thanks, Ironically I have that tutorial bookmarked! I started following it to create a new title block. I have put it on the shelf until I finish up the job I am on so I am not trying to implement it in the middle of the project. I am trying to use the existing naming conventions I am working with but I want the layers to be numbered the way you have them in the example. I guess I can have the text say "page" instead of "plate" Luckily I am in the process of getting the team to use sheet layers and custom title blocks as they weren't using any of it before. They were using design layers for everything including what would be sheet layers. It was crazy, the title blocks in order to fit on the page were like 30 feet tall. They were also splitting every individual floor plan type into a separate vectorworks file. I got it into my head that I wanted to get them more organized so I started getting them on board with these elements. Happily they have been receptive, and as I am a contract worker i have more time to dedicate to getting them up to speed in between projects. I will get back to that title block soon in a fresh document with brand new record formats etc. I think I can get that numbering system to work. Thanks for your help!
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    Sheet layer Drawing Coordination

    Ah, it seemed like my office was going to get us all 2018 but it hasn't happened. Sounds like a nice function. Basically, our office uses an "X of Y" system for sheet numbering, rather than just a single number. And to confuse everything further they call them pages rather than sheets. So I have to name things pages in the title block even though they occupy the sheet placeholder in the layers pallet and the record format. I have added a screenshot of what the organization pallet looks like. We have the sheets in the Sheet Number Column in a 1 of 49 sequence. In the sheet name column we use the the Discipline, Type, Sequence nomenclature. Using that, it is easier to insert a sheet as you can add a letter or number into the sequence. Where it gets crazy, is the X of Y numbering. We have to use the "X of Y" numbering for the rubes as they can't follow the USCAD standards for sheet titles. That also means when I use a detail marker I have to reference the XY sheets meaning if I insert a sheet I have to manually update huge numbers of sheets. It is all very complicated and I am trying to either get it simplified or at least have a workaround. The workaround I have been trying is to use their existing nomenclature and fit it in the VW system. Ugh, my head is going to explode.

 

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