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Wes Gardner

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    Tennis, sailing, boat design
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  1. As Pat suggested...in addition and as a bonus, the drawing markers in plan view will automatically update... Wes
  2. For me, if the roof is any more complicated than a simple gable ended single pitch roof, I almost immediately jump to using Roof Faces...they won't give you the automation as far as creating fascia boards and stuff like that but I typically model those separately anyway. Alot of times I model the outer-most component of the roof (the shingles or whatever the finish material is going to be) separately.
  3. For me, the quickest way to create a truss is to model it using extrudes...draw it in 2D in "front view" and then extrude it 1 1/2" or whatever the thickness will be...in the image, I did just that as a "check" on the truss manufacturer's work as far as the heel condition, etc. obviously Vectorworks does not do the analytics that a truss program does...but you WILL get a VERY good idea of what you're dealing with...The roof was a combination of scissors trusses and dimensional lumber.
  4. I agree with Tom, it is a bit fiddly...in the image, the roof was a combination of scissors trusses and dimensional lumber...I modeled the trusses as a "check" on what I sent to the truss manufacturer to "proof out" the heel condition, etc. You will need to size your headers to meet local codes I suspect...The oldest tool in the "set" is the Wall Framer which creates extrudes...they can be easily modified as required. This is for what we call "stick framing" here in the States... (2x material)...timber construction usually refers to "post and beam" where the timber is actually joined with, well...joinery 🙂 Coming from a boat building background, I envisioned building a post and beam framed house one day...never got around to it 🙂 Wes
  5. @Jonathan P - it might help if you posted an image... Wes
  6. Hey All, Additionally, firms should agree on how many/what times of day Save and Commits should occur - maybe mid-day and end of day...obviously this could/should vary if large design changes are made. Wes
  7. My understanding is that the Project file should be saved on the server so that everyone can "see" it...the Working file is "pulled" from the Project file and then is stored on your local computer...data is then saved from the Working file to the Project file via the Commit command. Wes
  8. OOps..I forgot to post the actual Vw file with the data tag in it so here it is...you can clean it up if you want a different look Wes NURBS area.vwx
  9. @unearthed , I'm guessing here but since it's an integer function, perhaps it will always return the whole number so in essence, it'll round down? There's also a ROUNDUP function... Wes
  10. Hi All, Here's a little NURBS model video with a quick data tag that pulls the area... If I were modeling sails, I'd model a close approximation of what I wanted including the basic dimensions, etc and then let the sailmaker work out the exact details depending on the chosen material...Sails have come a LONG way from the old canvas days...trust me... And yes, the Unfold command will only work on a developable surface...(think of bending a piece of paper without creasing it) Wes NURBS model.mp4
  11. Hi All, There are some pretty cool iterations of custom data tags over in the "General" section pinned up near the top that might be useful...check 'em out...you can grab 'em from the posting... Wes
  12. @Janet Tight, you CAN "explode" the cabinet into extrudes using the Ungroup command, then you can modify the individual bits...the cabinet will loose its parametric attributes when you do this. Wes
  13. @JenWilliamson Personally, I'd use Data Tags...design your own, save it/them as a Style so you can use them again and again..get exactly what you're looking for...use them in Annotation Space...they'll then scale correctly for enlarged views, etc. Several examples and "how tos" here: https://university.vectorworks.net/course/index.php?mycourses=0&tagfilter[category]=0&tagfilter[type]=0&tagfilter[difficulty]=0&mycourses=&search=Data+Tag&langfilter[]=0 Wes
  14. @MaltbyDesign - perhaps those wireframe parts somehow don't have any fill? Wes
  15. @Hans Boman it sounds as if it's a modeling error Either the top of the wall on the first floor is short of the bottom of the wall on the second OR Walls aren't aligned in plan view...if you post a simplified version of your file, I'm sure we can get that worked out for you... Wes
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