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Roof Framer: support for trusses

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Just been using the Roof Framer tool for the first time and I'm pretty impressed. Support for trusses would be useful though, as this is the main for of roof framing we use.

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very useful, but I imagine complicated for VW to implements as there are so many different types of truss

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Agreed that it would be quite challenging to have the Roof Framer use trusses. However, I believe it would be very useful to have Truss Tools.

I have the two aforementioned Plugins from VectorDepot. They are nice, but limited.

I do residential remodeling where I am having to deal with existing roof trusses. It would be helpful to be able to model those existing trusses. It would allow me to better document and communicate the existing conditions.

For new construction, I always assumed that the truss design is handled by the truss company as shop drawings. How do those companies draw their truss designs?

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Absolutely. And if this were made into a more substantial project, that was able to calculate the forces and recommend section and connection requirements (a simple but laborious calculation chore), this tool could connect to a new market segment for VW, i.e., truss fabricators.

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The Vector Depot tools work well even in VW 12.5. Major limitation is that only two types of trusses are modeled.

Hip trusses, Girder trusses, "California" Trusses, Pratt trusses, Vierendehl (Sp?), Warren, etc. have to be laboriously modeled in VW.

The truss feature might be a separate tool which acts on the roof forms, since programming truss types is likely complex.

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