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Wes Gardner

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  1. @Allen Brown I think I might be tempted to do something like this where the extruded element (with curved filleted "head") is subtracted from the rest of the form all in one operation?  I'm sure I didn't get the filet radius quite right but you can play with it.  There are a bunch of different ways to approach this...have some fun!





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  2. @MHBrown you can download the Sketchup model and then either drag and drop it onto a Vectorworks file or go to File > Import and down near the bottom is Import SketchUp.  There's only one catch - the model that you download from Skechup MUST be one release older than the release of Vectorworks that you're using.  So if you're on VW 2019, you need a 2018 Sketchup model.



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  3. @Acadia, the short answer - nope.  There is no automated way of doing this.  You're probably best off using the Framing Member tool in the Detailing toolset.  Here you can use it in wood framing mode and create a 2x header or steel framing mode and define a "W" shape or "L".  You can also create custom shapes for it to use to simulate engineered "I" joists...



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  4. @Kane - you can also use the "shuttle file" approach where you import the .dwg into a blank VW file, then save that file as "Source".  Then open your working file and REFERENCE the Source file into your working file.  This way you won't get all their classes/layers in your working file.  This avoids having to do any mapping at all.  Another benefit is if/when the .dwg info needs to be updated.  Just re-import the .dwg into the Source file, save it, then in your working file, update the Reference.



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  5. I think of these things as Legends - be they window types, door leaf types, door frame types, wall (partition) types (both plan and section), etc, etc.  There is a workflow that uses viewports and places an object whereupon you can both dimension it and add notes (required and something the "Images in worksheets" isn't capable of).  It's a bit manual ....


    It's a good one for the WISH LIST






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  6. @e_calabrese,  Here's a little kitchen project I built as a demo file. I used the Cabinet tool(s) in the Furniture/Fixtures ToolSet and created styles so that the rails/stiles/hardware/ etc would stay consistent. As a rule, I use either the Floor tool or just a common extrude to create countertops - I find the countertop option that's part of the cabinet(s) to not quite get me what I want.

    I consider our cabinet tool to be a CONCEPTUAL cabinet maker that can give you a fair idea of what you have in mind - it does not have all the options of a complete cabinet line.


    I also modeled some objects like the crown around the cabinet tops and the KitcheAid & espresso machine came from 3D Warehouse.


    Feel free to email me wgardner@vectorworks.net



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  7. @KGreene You can also use the "Extract" command in the 3D tools...the default will give you a NURBS surface.  If you don't like dealing with NURBS stuff, you can choose to have it extract a planar surface (either polygon or polyline). You can then reshape it and extrude it as required.




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  8. @e_calabrese...the Import  function WILL bring the file in on the layer plane but you should be able to rotate it up into a "side" view that should give you an elevation.  DO NOT reference the .dwg, just import it...Once you bring the information in, it'll probably be a whole bunch of lines.  Just Group them all then you'll be able to rotate them up into an elevation.


    You can also use a "shuttle file" approach where you import the .dwg into a standard Vectorworks file, whereupon this becomes the shuttle file and then save and close that. Then REFERENCE that shuttle file into your working file.  This avoids all the extraneous classes/ACad layers in your working file.


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