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Wes Gardner

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  1. I don't believe the shutters have the ability to be parametrically set.  I think they are "always open".  The sash, as you've seen, can be set to an angle in 3D.

  2. Regarding component priorities, there really is no system for assigning priorities to components.  Vectorworks likes to have objects drawn in a clockwise manner (or from left to right).  As far as component joining, the first component that's chosen will have priority over the one it's being joined to.


    To help joins look correct, you can choose to "Always auto-join in capped join mode".  This can be useful for materials that just don't look correct when mitered.

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  3. You should be able to get that to join either way.  Try using the Component Join Tool in Capped Join Mode (the third option).  I don't have as many components as your wall style does, but I can switch the blue/stripped component from "running through" to "stopping on" the honeycomb component.


    I did take me a couple of tries to get it joined up...


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  4. Hi Jim,


    A couple of things...

    First, I often end up with  a wall cap of some sort so I can get the graphics correct on a Roof Plan.

    I believe the Slab Tool can accomadate what you're trying to do in the first image (offsets of components)

    And for the lower illustration, 2017 has the ability to create different offsets PER EDGE OF ROOF & PER COMPONENT so that might be a reason to look to upgrading.



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  5. The shapes that ship with the program reside in Vectorworks > Libraries > Defaults > Structural Shapes.

    If you want to create custom shapes, I'd put them in the User folder following the same path.  In this manner, they won't get over written next time you upgrade. (Hint: For Mac you have to expose your Library folder) - the path then is UserName > Library > Application Support > Vectorworks > etc. etc.

    BTW, this holds true for adding any custom stuff, use your User Folder and keep the path identical to the Application folder's path(s) and then you'll be able to see your custom shapes, etc. in the various drop-downs.

    Let me know if there's difficulty.


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  6. Hi Zoomer,

    I did a test in 2017 and I CAN choose to have a slab component bind to "Outer Face of Wall Core" as you can see in the section detail.  I also did a test drawing four walls and a slab in 2016, assigning a slab component to "Outer Face of Wall Core" and then brought that file forward to 2017.  All appeared to be OK.  I could change the association to something else and change it back to "Outer face of Wall Core" and everything seemed to "hang in there."

    I need to ask for clarification on the remainder of your question

    "I recently realized that I can not only bound Walls to outer Slab Boundary but also
    additional to closed Interior Wall Areas. That Worked Well in 2016.
    (For Example I have my square Roof Slab + bound all Walls around Roof Openings)

    So my Question is,
    was that Multiple Boundary by Walls, including interior Walls, that worked for me ever intended
    to be used that way ?
    Or did I exceed that Tool and caused potential problems anyway ?"

    Maybe a small example file or screen shot(s)



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  7. The last time a seriously used the roof framer was to produce the framed model shown.  I used the trick described above regarding modeling the roof with the Create Roof tool until I got it where I wanted it, then reduced the thickness to use it as sheathing.  I then used a combination of running the framer plus modeling trusses as extrudes.


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  8. Hi Jim,

    Yes and no.

    You CAN select multiple panels by holding down the shift key wherepon they'll glow red, then in the Preferences of the Edit Curtain Wall Tool, place them in the class called spandrel or whatever and adjust their thickness/offset to suit.

    You can't have multiple panel styles in a wall style (maybe someday)

    Here's a link with directions for creating "storefront" with the curtain wall tool. This lets you insert your curtain wall into a wall (including knee wall and wall above)



  9. I kinda look at the two as completely separate issues. The Saved View, in my world, is my Class and Layer manager. It can also set various views.

    Sheet Layers are where any view cut from the model is placed via viewports, then printed or distributed as a pdf.

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  10. Hey,

    Also, to get your section markers to show on your plans, go to the section viewport, select it and in the OIP, down at the bottom is a button called Section Line Instances, open that then go to the Viewports tab and put a check mark next to the plan viewports that you want your markers to appear on.



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