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Jim F

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I have been experimenting with Marionette to create a marionette that creates cold formed metal framing objects. So far so good. I have created a Red symbol from the marionette. The objects that are created are replaced when you run the marionette or change the symbol parameters. Is there a way to reuse the marionette or symbol and create a new object without replacing the existing object. The following is a list of items I might typically have in a drawing.



362S162-33 - 12'

362S162-43 - 12'

600S162-33 - 22'

600S162-33 - 12'


Do I need to duplicate the symbol for each instance?


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  • Marionette Maven

Are you familiar with Marionette Objects? They would be your solution.

Right click on your network and choose "Wrap Marionette Network" and then right click on the wrapper node and choose "Convert to Object Node"

That will give you an editable object on your drawing that will behave like a Plug In Object. You can save that as a Red Symbol in your document.


In order to display the parameters you want editable in the Object Info Palette, select those nodes and name them in the upper part of the Object Info Palette.


Please let me know if you need any help 🙂

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Thanks. I have done everything you mentioned. Maybe I'm missing something. If I run the Marionette object it creates objects based on the parameters I have entered. If I change the parameters and run a second time it replaces the objects with the new set. The symbol works the same way. I want to do metal framing drawings. The track and studs are different heights, lengths, gauges, etc.. I do not want to create a symbol for each type. Guessing I'm overlooking something obvious. I also want to be able to generate a report showing a material takeoff for the different studs and track. Guessing I need to attached a record to the objects.

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Would you do me a huge favor.

Using my file would you create some objects from my marionette with different parameters?

Then would you create a report listing the objects with there width, height and length.


I understand if you don't have time.


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  • 4 years later...

This is helpful - however pretty useless to put into a worksheet if we can't format the data. What I've found is that it is best to use 'Int' instead of 'dim' for the input type if you can - otherwise you deal with really long decimals that you can't do anything with.

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  • 1 year later...
On 3/29/2019 at 4:07 PM, Marissa Farrell said:

You need to take it one step further. Right click on the wrapper node and select "Convert to Object Node"

That will create an object based on your script with editable properties in the OIP.

Hi Marissa, thanks for this tip! However, would it be possible to control certain parameters of this object by Style? See more in the post below. Thanks!



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