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  1. Hello world, We have a split level in our project and would like to model a stair with 2 risers and one landing, however, the tool will not allow for that. The rise should be 7.625" with 2 risers, not 5.083" with 3 risers, but I can't override the parameters. Any easy way to override? I started another topic where we tried designing a shipladder and had the same issue, where the shipladder can have a rise up to 10". I was able to modify the Min/Max setting for that issue, but am having trouble on this stair. Best of luck
  2. @zoomer @E|FA Appreciate the tips. The "drawing top stair" was helpful to show the railing, but it led to issues with the handrail and stringer blocking the door. The right rail extension can't be negative, and the stringer can't be defined as a right stringer and left stringer, unlike railings (which is a great feature!) I ultimately used the profile through @E|FA trick to manually draw the guardrail and I grouped it in the stair container for our BIM model. Ultimately, we got to where the model wants to be, so thank you to everyone's help. Now about railings..... We have a pretty wild stair transfer, and I ended up extruding along a curve to continue the handrail. It isn't perfect, but it was able to conveys the appropriate design intent. I included more screenshots. This is my first BIM project using Vectorworks and I love learning all these features on designing in 3D. The software is very powerful and makes mundane task, IE, stairs, simple, once the commands are well understood. Again, the forum is the best place to troubleshoot. I appreciate the help. Happy NYE everyone! From NYC, where we are a few hours from midnight. Best, Todd Drucker
  3. Thanks @zoomer!!!! I figured out the door in wall. It was pretty easy... all that I had to do is edit the height data field in the object info. I also modified the stair on this mechanical raised floor to be more accurate of the construction. It will be helpful to discuss this feature with the client and further design the stair to code/aesthetic preference. The only thing I'm still having trouble with is having the extended guardrail (on the left side only) have the same vertical post. I don't think the stair tool can do this because it only adds the guard rails along the stringer. @vectorworks can address this by having a Standard Configuration stair that is Straight, with a single landing at the top, and no additional stairs beyond the landing. The current Straight & Single Landing stair configuration requires 1 or more risers above the landing. Progress always feels good. Happy to be more proficient in 2021!
  4. Hello world, We have a BIM project and have two troubleshooting modeling issues to review. First is a raised floor system for a mechanical room. The raised floor system isn't truly a mezzanine and we would like to know a better set up for the walls and door in wall. We want the fire rated wall to continue from the top of slab to the bottom of slab and we would like the door at the level of the raised floor system, not the top of slab for the floor. Any suggestions? We attached some screenshots of the architectural model in 3D & 2D, with the structural .ifc turned off. Furthermore, we would like to know of any development for more customization on the stair tool, specifically for metal stairs such as the one on the raised floor system and metal ship ladder stairs for bulkheads. The closest stair construction is "Outside Stringer", but we want to know how to override the max riser count. We get an error message (below) and are having trouble generating the stair. Is there a method to override the riser height to allow for 8.5" (or greater) riser heights. For the roof's ship ladder, we modeled a conventional 3D symbol for the time being, but we would prefer to use the stair tool because it would allow us for more precision on the total rise to the elevator machine room top of slab and elevator bulkhead top of slab (which are all defined in the BIM files "story" data field). See the last screenshot & the .vwx file for the shipladder stair if anyone knows how to generate this stair using the stair tool. If not, is there a method to tie a typical 3D symbol to the same story fields? Excited to see your answers. Best, Todd Drucker BULKHEADS STAIR.vwx
  5. Thank you @Andy Broomell. I was able to have the Touch Bar only display the "Expanded Control Strip" (brightness, toggle, volume, etc). Other options are App Control (my issue above), F1-F12, and customization.
  6. @bcd TLDR - Apple's new keyboard is not ergonomic Thank you for taking me to the workspace menu, but I don't see the top row of keyboard called out It replaced F1-F12. I included photos of what it looks like when I open Vectorworks and what it looks like when I no application selected I would like the top row to remain with simple apple functions (esc, brightness, toggle screen, volume). If these "smart" buttons were disabled, my workflow would be enhanced as I access tools with shortcuts and icons, not the smart keyboard. Thank you!
  7. @GRZEGORZ Thanks for your help back in April.... For this project, I moved away from Marionette and used built in tools including lofting, surface array, extrude along a path, etc. to build the model. Was happy with the end result... Now onto BIM...
  8. Hello world, Nice to be back. I've been using vectorworks for both 2D drawings, 3D modeling, and BIM for 3+ years. Is there an easy setting to disable / modify the top row of icons on the new macbook pro keyboard. Too many times I find myself tapping an object that switch my screen from 2D to orthogonal, which can slow down a machine, when drawing maps and buildings. While I sometimes find it easy to tap & scroll through functions, too many times, I touch an icon as the keys are not tactical, but touch base. Looking forward towards the communities thoughts.
  9. Thank you @GRZEGORZ. This is really helpful to understand how the Vectorworks tools function. In my script, I was able to offset the curves, but didn't include the deleting and conversion to have control over what is being lofted. I am trying to modify the math so the series is exponentially growing, but the results are still a shape that grows uniformly. I looked for a general math forum, but couldn't find one. The last step is manual where I have successfully rebuild the nurbs curve because the truncated cone will join with another shape for the ceiling plane. I updated the file below if you can help me out.. COLUMN PRACTICE 3 TD.vwx
  10. Thank you @sbarrett for the feedback. First off, thank you for your videos on marionette. It was a helpful introduction. I think what Vectorworks really needs is a primer on transition from a rhino methodology to Vectorworks. I was able to create the column, but only by extruding tapped curves and combing to solid. This wouldn't work with Create Surface Array and it didn't work when I create a mesh. I attached the model again. I have never been able to successfully loft curves or sweep in Vectorworks. It is very frustrating that these commands are intuitive in Rhino, but bring lots of difficulty with Vectorworks. In Rhino, lofting creates a surface between a network of curves to create a 3d object In Rhino, sweep2d, would take a profile/section and sweep it across a rail, the vector. I'm positive there are ways to comprehend this in Vectorworks if someone can help out with the attached file. COLUMN PRACTICE 2.vwx
  11. Hello, I began using Marionette yesterday and I have a lot to learn. I have moderate experience in Grasshopper and am trying to best translate my knowledge to vectorworks. For my first exercise, I can trying to do 2 functions. First, is to create a truncated column. Second, is to divide that surface and map on an object onto that surface (similar to box morphing in grasshopper). I was able to create the truncated column by doing these 3 following commands: 1. moving polygon in Z direction 2. scaling object 3. duplicating object 4. repeat. I would appreciate understanding List better because I think these operations can have more control and truly be parametric with a different set up. My set up is very manual and I would apprecaite feedback. For the second part, I would like to divide the surface and map an object onto the surface. I was able to "fake it" in a plan view, but couldn't figure out how to make the surface from my curves. I would apprecaite any help. I will not quit. COLUMN PRACTICE.vwx

 

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