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  1. Here is a file with the horizontal portion of the corner at a length of 710mm. The vertical length has not changed. Prolyte H30VC017 710mm.vwx
  2. I have reached out to the person who works with Prolyte and creates the Vectorworks symbols from their files. Their response is below: The dimensions on the website are rounded and I created the symbol from the original Prolyte DWGS. Prolyte always says to me: Our tolerance at welding is a half centimeter, so the symbols don’t need to be more exact.
  3. @VClaiborne The tail down I made into a 3d symbol. It is in the RM and there are only two symbols; the tail down and one of the cheeseboroughs. It should be the very first symbol in the small thumbnail section.
  4. @VClaiborne Here is a quick symbol I made using the fixed steel cheeseboroughs and a 5' pipe. It is designed for 12" box truss and the bottom cheeseborough is designed to insert at the bottom of the lower chord of truss. If it is 16" or 20" box you can just slide the cheeseboroughs to match the chords. Let me know how it works for you. 4 Foot Taildown.vwx
  5. I would try the cheeseboroughs and a pipe to make a tail down. The cheeseboroughs don't have weight to them but you could add a dead hung weight at that position if you needed to calculate weight.
  6. I will add these items to the list and see how they can be setup using the toolsets. I have attached a screenshot of how I did the search for the C-clamps. I know that they don't connect directly to lights but we did release a library of generic cheeseboroughs on VSS with the swivel set to 15° increments as well as a custom swivel. That is a little bit of rigging stuff.
  7. @VClaiborne There is a City Theatrical library of rigging and accessories in the Objects-Ent Lighting Accessories folder. There are safer side arms in there and if you do a search in the RM for C-Clamp there are several brands that you can choose from. I will make a note to develop a generic library of rigging accessories and gak.
  8. Spotlight Getting Started Guides The Getting Started Guides give you the basics of Spotlight.
  9. The big thing with the Stageline stages is that they wanted to do a review of the symbols before we released to the users and as a result the detail levels had to be as high as they are. Even on the SAM750 which is the biggest symbol they wanted us to keep all of the ceiling bracing in the model even if it was not viable for rigging purposes.
  10. In order to make a symbol work with Braceworks the Truss Record must be applied. This is what the Auto Connect engine uses in order to generate the red line that shows when a connection is possible. I am not sure if you can apply the Truss Record to this particular Marionette object because of the wrapper and how it changes the way the object behaves. @Marissa Farrell may know more on whether it is possible or not. When I use hinges I create a symbol with a specified angle and setup the Braceworks data as a L-Corner and this works well and allows the Auto Connect to generate.
  11. @David Dauphin I took a look at your file and I was able to get the truss to work. There is an issue at the moment with triangle truss and connecting down point corners to down point straight lines of truss. That issue has been filed as bug. There are two workarounds that have been discovered to help with this issue. The first workaround is to insert the corner first and then insert the straight truss. This seems to not cause any rotation issues and things will connect properly. I know that this can be difficult at you may not know the exact distance to the other corner in the early planning stages. The second workaround is to insert the straight lines of truss with the point down and then use the corner with the point up which is the wrong direction. The software will rotate the corner appropriately and connect to the straight truss in the correct orientation. I was able to replicate your rig in your file and attach motors and perform a calculation. I had to remove your T-Corner when I made the rig again as this was causing the truss on the other side to be 3mm apart and not connect properly. I have attached the file for you to take a look and try things out. Let me know if you have any questions. truss1 Workaround.vwx
  12. Scott is correct about the 90° angle. I was mistaken when I tried it as I did not attach a hoist to the corner block. I was able to get appropriate calculations making a square box of truss as long as I attached a hoist to each corner.
  13. There is an issue at the moment with corners causing the truss system to be unsupported if the corner is at the end of a run of truss. I was able to get the Tomcat to calculate if I added a short 2' piece of truss to the end of the run and added a motor to that end. I know it isn't ideal but it will get it to work. Another way is to change the corner into a horizontal piece of truss in the settings. You will not be able to make a grid through the auto connect function but you can calculate each straight run separately.
  14. @rvanheesYou have to choose the Edit 3D Component from the Resource Manager. I have attached a video for you. Change Truss Color.mov
  15. @rvanheesThe truss geometry is shipped with a Gray 15% fill color on the 3D geometry. If you edit the 3D component of the symbol and change it to Black or I would recommend Cool Gray 90% so that it does not disappear when rendering. Changing the color of the geometry will not mess up any of the Braceworks Auto Connect data or calculations.
  16. You should be able to integrate them into Braceworks. I would create a hinge symbol that has the desired angle you are looking to use and attach the Truss Record. When you set up the Braceworks data use the corner settings and the L-Corner and that will allow you to add the Braceworks Auto Connect. If you know the cross section data you can also attach that as well.
  17. As far as I know there is no coding in the background that will cause issues with changing class names. Braceworks uses the Truss Record to get all the necessary information that is needed in the calculations so changing the classes will not change this information.
  18. @nnicholson Tomcat did not provide us with any of the information to make their truss base objects and that is why there are none in the libraries. The JThomas libraries contain several product lines with truss bases that are setup to build truss towers using the insert truss tool. If you change the hanging angle at the top of the page to 90° before you insert a horizontal piece of truss you can make any piece of truss vertical and build a tower as the truss will now build vertically instead of horizontally. Just make sure to change the hanging angle back to 0° if you want to insert a piece of truss horizontally. I hope this helps and feel free to message me if you have any other questions. Truss Tower Hanging Angle.mov
  19. I know that the newer symbols that I have created were done in two halves. The 3D component features both sides and they are "closed". What I tell users to do is if you know the angle of the hinge you want to use you can duplicate the symbol and edit the 3D by selecting the right portion and rotating about the hinge point. This will maintain the left side being setup like the rest of the horizontal truss symbols and make it easier to connect to truss in the drawing. The auto connect will not work but the Insert Points loci can be used to at least line things up properly. There is no 2D component as it would be inaccurate once the 3D changed. If you know how to setup a corner truss symbol with auto connect you can apply the truss record and get the auto connect to work, you just may have to flip the geometry.
  20. @scottmoore Currently there is no functionality to use hinges with auto connect in Braceworks. The easiest way is to create a duplicate symbol and set the angle. Most of the hinges that ship with the software are built as two solid additions so that you can rotate to create a custom angle. They do have a Truss Hinge record that shows manufacturer and weight for worksheet purposes.
  21. In addition to what Jim said about making a symbol with 3D loci for easy snapping I would also make a symbol that has two links joined together. If your symbol has two links and 3D loci; one flat like you have drawn and the other rotated 90° like a chain hangs, this will allow you to easily make any length of chain without having to rotate each link upon insertion. If you need a single link at the end just use the single symbol and rotate appropriately. This is how chain is drawn in the content department for the chain motors.
  22. Hello @mreadshaw The symbol is blue because it is a group. That is what is causing the strange behavior. You can edit the symbol in the resource manager so that it is a black symbol by doing the following steps: -Right click on the symbol -Click Edit Symbol Options -Uncheck the box that says "Convert to Group" in Other Options which is about 2/3 of the way down the window -Click okay The symbol will turn to a black symbol and behave as intended. Let me know if you have any questions.
  23. Thanks for the file. Can you please let me know what build you are using? This can be found in Vectorworks>About Vectorworks and is a six digit number. This will allow me to use the identical build and see if I can replicate the issue. Thanks.
  24. Are either of you able to post a file that shows the issue? I would like to see if I can duplicate the issue on my machine using the same symbols and truss libraries.
  25. Thanks you for the input. We are actually in the process of working on a 3D wheelchair for the content libraries. Once it is completed it will be released in a VSS release.
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