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I am trying to show an arched opening in a garden wall. Does anybody have any idea on how to do this? The wall is 1' thick, 22' long and 4' high.

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Welcome to the forum. It is very helpful if you create a signature for yourself which includes all of your relevant data (see mine below for example). Do this by clicking on the My Stuff link above.

As to your question: Use a WIndow object set to "cased opening" with no trim and jambs of 0 thickness. Set the "top shape" as desired in the Object Info Palette.

PS, with what material do you plan to build a 1" thick wall? Just curious...

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Peter, Thanks for the tip. That worked but there is a bottom of the window. How do I hide that?

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Not sure I understand your second question. Are you saying you want the opening to go all the way to the floor/ground? If so, then use a Door object with the same settings as the window. Can you post an image of what you're after? And where are your computer and VW's spec's??

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Would have replied sooner but it took awhile to figure out the signature part. It was hidden right in front of me, sorry about that. I am trying to show a natural stone wall with an arched opening. When I did the window, it was very thin, the wall will be 4 foot high and 1 foot thick. How do I send you an image?

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Attach an image by 1) click on "Switch to Full Reply Screen" 2) Click on "File Manager" then navigate to desired image (on your computer), and attach.

PS: Please add your VW's version number (eg: 2010, SP3; 2011; etc...)

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How do I create the image from the drawing to send to you? I was able to create the 'arched opening' from the window as you suggested way back in the beginning but the sides are very thin. Sorry but I can not find the "File Manager" to click on.

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A couple ways. You can use VW's "export image" command, or you can take a "screenshot". The FIle Manager will only be visible in the Full Reply Screen (click on it just below the Quick Reply window....

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OK, I see what you're after now. I would recommend modeling this as follows: 1) delete the "door" opening, 2) Use two walls, each of which ends where the opening starts. 3) Go to a Front (or straight-on) View and draw the desired arch as a closed 2d polygon (it will look like an upside down "u"), giving it the desired thickness. 4) Select the polygon and Extrude it to the desired depth/thickness, 5) Go to Top/Plan view and move/drag the extrude into the proper location (extrudes are always created from the layer's zero point and so will never be aligned from above at creation). 6) Apply the desired texture to the extrude. I have attached a sample file so you can see what I've done. Let us know how it goes... PS: Not sure how you would actually build this in the real world, but probably not with round stones. More likely with a brick or cut stone arch with keystone (which can also be modeled pretty quickly in VW's, although it'll need to be modeled one stone at a time...)

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One additional thought: you could just increase the jamb thickness to get the right "fatness" for your arch, and then create an extrude or floor for the ground. Then you could hide the bottom of the door by raising the ground just slightly (or lowering the wall)...

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Peter, Sorry for taking so long to get back to you but I was out in the field for the last week. Silly question when I draw my 2Dpolygon, do I offset the 2d polygon before I extrude? How do I get the same thickness you made? By the way that is almost exactly what I am trying to do.

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Hi Mark, yes, what I did was to draw the outer edge of the arch as a closed polygon then offset it to the inside (by whatever you wish the thickness of the piece to be, say 8"...) then use the "Clip Surface" command to clip the inner shape from the outer. Then extrude. Also, make sure to read my last post. As I thought about your goal I realized that this method might be a lot faster (using the door plug in and a floor object to hide the bottom strip).

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Peter, I used your door method and it worked as you said it would. Very easy. Thanks for your time. One more quick question, Was the signature I put on what you needed or should I be adding something else?

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