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2022 - Wall Component Modeling


Tom Klaber

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I was excited to try out the the wall component enhancements.  I could get neither the new wrapping functions to work - and when I tried to push pull components as shown in the video - the wall converted to a generic solid - same behavior as today.


Does this only work with special walls?

 

Is there a tutorial? 

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27 minutes ago, Tom Klaber said:

I was excited to try out the the wall component enhancements.  I could get neither the new wrapping functions to work - and when I tried to push pull components as shown in the video - the wall converted to a generic solid - same behavior as today.


Does this only work with special walls?

 

Is there a tutorial? 

Did you use the ungroup function first? They mentioned that in the video I think. Can't test now.

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Been trying for over an hour and re-reading the help file.  No matter what I do I cannot get this work.  Like Fabrica the preview image in wall closure dialog shows correctly but the closures aren't showing in the model.   Also I notice if I select a window or door the Wall Closure option is greyed out in OIP.

Was really hoping this would be a feature that worked as I use 3d models for images all the time and the lack of wrapping really ruined the look of the models.

If anyone can get this work could they post an example file for us to download and look at the settings.

 

Wall Closure.jpg

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3 hours ago, MarcelP102 said:
3 hours ago, Tom Klaber said:

I was excited to try out the the wall component enhancements.  I could get neither the new wrapping functions to work - and when I tried to push pull components as shown in the video - the wall converted to a generic solid - same behavior as today.


Does this only work with special walls?

 

Is there a tutorial? 

Did you use the ungroup function first? They mentioned that in the video I think. Can't test now.


Right.  The video is showing how you can now in group a wall to get at its 3D geometry.  

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First thing to note is this replaces the old plan view only component wrapping functionality.

 

To enable the new Functionality:

  • Right click on the Door or Window object and and select Plug-in Object Options.
  • Then check mark the Use wall closure option.  This will enable the Wall Closure option on the OIP.  
  • (Note that there is a Wall Closure Profile Offsets button in this dialog as well.)

You will now be able to access the Wall Closure functionality on the OIP.

 

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The Wall Closure functionality can be defined by the Object or by the Wall Style.  There are separate tabs for Profile and Wrapping.

 

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Defining them by the Wall Style is very similar.

 

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1 hour ago, TomKen said:

Been trying for over an hour and re-reading the help file.  No matter what I do I cannot get this work.  Like Fabrica the preview image in wall closure dialog shows correctly but the closures aren't showing in the model.   Also I notice if I select a window or door the Wall Closure option is greyed out in OIP.

Was really hoping this would be a feature that worked as I use 3d models for images all the time and the lack of wrapping really ruined the look of the models.

If anyone can get this work could they post an example file for us to download and look at the settings.


In order to get closures to work, the Door or Window must have the “Use wall closures” option selected in its Plug-in Object Options.  You can get to the Plug-in Options via right-clicking on a plug-in or plug-in style (in the Resource Manager) and choosing Edit Plug-in Options.  This setting is off by default for now mainly due to some performance issues that we’re currently working to improve.  After this and some other possible tweaks are done, the “Use wall closure” option will likely be turned on by default.

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9 minutes ago, mike m oz said:

First thing to note is this replaces the old plan view only component wrapping functionality.

 

To enable the new Functionality:

  • Right click on the Door or Window object and and select Plug-in Object Options.
  • Then check mark the Use wall closure option.  This will enable the Wall Closure option on the OIP.  
  • (Note that there is a Wall Closure Profile Offsets button in this dialog as well.)

You will now be able to access the Wall Closure functionality on the OIP.

 

2033621389_Plug-inObjectOptions.thumb.png.48ba6a979e8c0547241b93c1699423da.png  1913744608_Wallclosures.thumb.png.0935d024631f5d9ddbbe647b8df220cf.png1913744608_Wallclosures.thumb.png.0935d024631f5d9ddbbe647b8df220cf.png

 

1913744608_Wallclosures.thumb.png.0935d024631f5d9ddbbe647b8df220cf.png

 

 

The Wall Closure functionality can be defined by the Object or by the Wall Style.  There are separate tabs for Profile and Wrapping.

 

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1403295268_WallClosurewrapping.thumb.png.e63d6d8eb8a4d4b55bdbe61a5aa126c1.png

 

1403295268_WallClosurewrapping.thumb.png.e63d6d8eb8a4d4b55bdbe61a5aa126c1.png

 

Defining them by the Wall Style is very similar.

 

1249182674_WallStyleClosures.thumb.png.e3f928c2679bfdef7db12bcbc3c78cd8.png


You beat me to it, Mike!

Thanks for filling in the details!
 

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I think it has to do with the number of Interior and/or External Wall Detail Component wraps in the Window Settings itself. Although when I tried it filled the window in completly with blockwork.

I'm sure we'll dial it in soon ... keep going at it!

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14 hours ago, Matt Panzer said:

This setting is off by default for now mainly due to some performance issues that we’re currently working to improve.  

Is it fair to say , it's not ready for use at the moment? 

(not that I can get it working yet...)

 

Update: looks like 2021 files converted to 2022 don't do it - needs to be new drawing in 2022 to work. 

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1 hour ago, fabrica said:

Is it fair to say , it's not ready for use at the moment? 

(not that I can get it working yet...)

Fair to say:

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Not a wall configuration I would use - but it happened to be the first I tested...  I could see how on a normal simple wrap this could be helpful, but as @Matt Panzeradmitted this is not a finished feature...

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3 minutes ago, Tom Klaber said:

Fair to say:

image.thumb.png.cb449b01a9f710b879d0d239f595d12e.png

 

Not a wall configuration I would use - but it happened to be the first I tested...  I could see how on a normal simple wrap this could be helpful, but as @Matt Panzeradmitted this is not a finished feature...

 

Not exactly fair to say.

You will get odd results if the profile shape extends past the face of jamb.  More realistic values should work.

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3 minutes ago, Tom Klaber said:

image.thumb.png.c649e16b61d29625fbf1b814bb1611f5.png

 

Here  - even on the simplest possible settings -  the feature does not understand where the window is and seems to be guessing about where to stop the wrapping.

 

If you use the "Wrap To Insert" option for a component, it should stop when it hits the jamb.

Can you attach the file and explain what you want this to look like?

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My first challenge to this feature would be to see how accurately it could represent either of, for example, these quite conventional jamb details:

 

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The thing is that it's maybe a bit academic whilst the window tool itself remains so embarrassingly primitive. Maybe the Windoor tool will mean that we can start to draw stuff that looks even half convincing at say 1:50 scale?

 

 

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7 hours ago, line-weight said:

Can the closure/wrappings be defined by object style as well as by wall style - or is it individually set per object instance?

 

Only the related settings in the Plug-in Object Options can be part of the plug-in object style.  The other settings are more related to the wall structure and must be controlled at the wall or individual insert level.

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10 minutes ago, Matt Panzer said:

 

Only the related settings in the Plug-in Object Options can be part of the plug-in object style.  The other settings are more related to the wall structure and must be controlled at the wall or individual insert level.

Thanks. I imagine it must be very complicated to work out the best way to control all these multiple variables and you have my sympathies/admiration if you were one of the people who has had to try and programme this!

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3 minutes ago, line-weight said:
22 minutes ago, Matt Panzer said:

Only the related settings in the Plug-in Object Options can be part of the plug-in object style.  The other settings are more related to the wall structure and must be controlled at the wall or individual insert level.

Thanks. I imagine it must be very complicated to work out the best way to control all these multiple variables and you have my sympathies/admiration if you were one of the people who has had to try and programme this!

 

Thanks @line-weight !

This first wall reengineering task was a huge undertaking.  While I did not implement any of this myself, I understand enough of how it was done and what's happening behind the scenes is quite impressive!  The Vectorworks Architecture Features team of engineers all tackled this together.  Kudos to them all!  🎉

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1 hour ago, Matt Panzer said:

 

If you use the "Wrap To Insert" option for a component, it should stop when it hits the jamb.

Can you attach the file and explain what you want this to look like?

This is exactly what I wanted.  I see now that with some setting work - I can likely get close to what I would want.   Thanks Matt!

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