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Andrew Davies

Plane - 3D - What is that for?

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Hi 

 

I am trying to brush up with 3D skills and learn some things that have always puzzled me, but I have never had time to investigate (Yes- 50% of my work has been cancelled!)

 

One of these things is 3D planes.  I've noticed that :

 

  • A rectangle drawn on the layer plane is always at a Z height of 0 - though the object info palette doesn't say this.
  • Moving it up using 3D move command, moves it to the "3D Plane"
  • As it's a 2D object still (I suspect) - I don't get a Z height on the Object Info palette (not sure why not).  ie - draw two identical rectangles on the layer plane over each other, then move one up the Z axis 1m or whatever.  Nothing indicates in the Object Info the big difference in location in your drawing - other than one is on the 3D plane and one isn't.  I think it would be useful to show the Z height of a 2D object as it makes it easy to reference / move
  • Changing 3D plane in the Object Info palette to working plane seems to rotate the rectangle along the X axis ( but then the drop down box reverts to 3D plane, even though I just changed it to working plane

 

Does 3D plane just indicated that a 2d object is on the layer plane - but not at a height of z=0?

 

Finally - what's the difference between pressing Command+\ to set the working plane, and "Shift+1" to set the working plane?  Don't they do the same thing, but Shift+1 gives you more options?

 

Thanks,

Andrew 

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6 minutes ago, Andrew Davies said:

I am trying to brush up with 3D skills and learn some things that have always puzzled me, but I have never had time to investigate (Yes- 50% of my work has been cancelled!)

 

Not an answer to your question but I am in similar situation and was starting to look for links and YouTube content to brush up my skills. 

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Hi

 

For me, @PVA - Jim does some superb tutorials.  Vectorworks endorsed too.

 

Just look up the official Vectorworks YouTube channel,  Are you a VSS subscriber?  Good content there too.

 

Which industry are you in?

 

Andrew

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A great place to brush up your skills is Vectorworks University. It's free and has additional content for Vectorworks Service Select subscribers. Login with your Service Select login, or it's free to create a separate account (but then you won't see the Service Select stuff).

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