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Marionette Resources for Beginners

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  • 4 months later...
On 3/6/2018 at 3:58 PM, Robert Anderson said:

Hi all, I thought that I'd try and put in one place some diverse Marionette resources for you who are new to Vectorworks' algorithmic / parametric modeling tool:


Basic Tutorial in Vectorworks documentation

More Advanced Tutorial in Vectorworks documentation

Marionette on YouTube (thank you Jim)

Marionette Developer Wiki (for Pythonistas)


On 10/2/2020 at 5:21 AM, Stephan Moenninghoff said:

What is the result you were expecting? Like this?

@Robert Anderson If I want to create a parametric symbol that I merely want to customize to different lengths, how would I do that? These symbols are hybrid  and have text linked to them. 

I would like for the 2d shape to adjust to the same length as the 3D extrusion. 



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On 4/6/2020 at 10:59 AM, Kevin K said:

 I have put off delving into and leaning Marionette for years.

During this time of self isolation thanks to the coronavirus, I thought it would be a good time to immerse.

I noticed a few, albeit older posts regarding learning Marionette, but just wanted to get a heads-up on the best place to start learning.

any advice would be appreciated.





Have you tried the “Marionette Introductory Tutorials” that are pinned to the top of the main Marionette forum section? It’s been a long time since I watched them but I seem to recall they were quite good.


Sarah Barrett’s recent webinar on “Algorithmic design in BIM software” is also a very good intro into the topic. The first part of the webinar provides a great explanation of the different approach or mindset one would take when using Marionette and some of the possibilities of the tool. For me, who has been more accustomed to the traditional design approach that she describes, I found it useful to hear about the different way to thinking about an algorithmic design process.



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Is there a way to see the description of a node in the resource manager? I have a hard time finding the correct node and would like to know what each node does before I drag it into my network.


EDIT:   Figured it out. Just need to hover over the node.

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