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Mike Rock

Workflow for Orthographic Projections

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Hi-

Long time 2D drafter using some of my free time to dip my toes in the 3D world. I've modeled a simple wooden desk lamp in Vectorworks and I'm pretty happy with how that went. Now it is time to make the construction drawings and I want to see what the best practice is before I get some bad habits. My lamp is made up of two parts 4X Uprights and 8X Cross Pieces. I'd like to have a sheet for the Upright and a sheet for the Cross Piece. Each piece would need a top, front and right side view. 

 

My current solution is to put a copy of each piece on it's own layer and move the viewport crop around as I change the view. Am I missing an easier approach? I'd love to be able to click on the part in the design layer and have a command give me an orthographic projection of it on a sheet layer I can than annotate with dimensions.

 

Any thoughts?

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19 minutes ago, Mike Rock said:

 

My current solution is to put a copy of each piece on it's own layer

I suggest using classes instead of layers.

 

20 minutes ago, Mike Rock said:

I'd love to be able to click on the part in the design layer and have a command give me an orthographic projection of it on a sheet layer I can than annotate with dimensions.

I think with a top/plan Viewport In the oip you can switch to orthographic front, side etc projections. 

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@Boh That seems to work if I put each piece in its own class so I can turn off all but one example of the part. Many ways to skin this cat, I might play with making each part a symbol as all 8 cross pieces are the same and all 4 uprights are the same.

 

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Take a look at the Create Multiple Viewports command also. It might get you the different views you need of each part in a single step.

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2 hours ago, Pat Stanford said:

Take a look at the Create Multiple Viewports command also. It might get you the different views you need of each part in a single step.

That was very helpful!

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