3D Modeling Special Interest Group – April 2018


In this session, we created a complex water slide shape, comparing the advantages of turning it into a hybrid symbol instead of an Auto Hybrid, explored using the hybrid symbol for cabinetry and added a chimney to a curved roof.

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Vectorworks Tip 388 – What can you use Contours For?

In the previous tip about contours , I said that you could use them to rearrange the model. But that’s only one useful contours. If you are using marionette you can use contours to generate slices through an object and then use those slices to create further objects in marionette.

Vectorworks Tip 374 – Slabs

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Slabs are a hybrid object, which means that they have both 2D and 3D components. An easy way to create a slab is to draw 2D polygon for the plan of the slab. Using the command Create Objects from Shapes…, You can make this polygon into a slab. The slab needs to have thickness and an elevation.

Vectorworks Tip 373 – Extrude Along Path (Using a Copy)

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I quite often have projects which use the same profile but have different paths for my extrusions. One of the tricks I use is to duplicate the extrude along path, and then edit the path. That makes it very quick to create a new extrude along path, especially if you copy and past in place.

Vectorworks Tip 368 – Extrude Along Path (Relationship Between Path and Profile)

Notes - Page 56When you create an Extrude Along Path, the centre of the profile is always located on the path. This might be the reason why some of your extrude along path objects do not match the 3D model you wanted to create. But you can edit the location of the profile relative to the path after you have have used the Extrude Along Path command.

Vectorworks Tip 363 – Extrude Along Path (Direction Matters)

Notes - Page 47When you create an extrude along path the direction of your path is extremely important. Your profile object is always lined up with the start of your path and is then extruded along it. If your path is going in the reverse direction, you will find that your profile is mirrored.

3D Modelling Special Interest Group – May 2015

image134In this session we looked at creating a bar for a nightclub. This allowed use to look at Extrude Along Path…, Extract tool, Create Surface Array…, Convert to Line Light, and we added lights and rendered the screen. This session suffered from sound issues and a major crash that meant that I had to recreate the model.

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3D Modelling Special Interest Group – April 2015

image105In this session the attendees wanted to look at modeling a simple greenhouse (Glasshouse). This project is reasonably straightforward and requires the understanding of some 3-D tools and commands. For example, the command used most to create this object is Extrude Along Path… This command is extremely useful for creating objects that follow a path shape.

At the start of the movie this command is covered in detail, using an example that has been troubling one of the attendees (the capping on a balustrade). This part of the movie is useful because it explains the concept behind Extrude along Path. After this we start creating a greenhouse using Extrude along Path, the Push/Pull tool, and the Move By Points tool to create duplicate objects. Another useful technique covered in this movie is the Automatic Working Planes. This concept needs some explanation, so we briefly covered what is the difference between screen plane, layer plane, and working plane.

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3D Modelling Special Interest Group – January 2015

image070In this session we looked at using simple 3D modelling to create a design to earthquake strengthening. This would be a useful strategy when you want to discuss the design of the detail with an person (maybe the engineer who designed it). Using Automatic Working Planes, simple extrusions, the Push/Pull tool, color to differentiate old and new parts of the design, Fillet Edge tool, Add Solid, and Subtract Solid, we can create a complex detail to show the implications of the design.

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3D Modelling Special Interest Group – December 2014

image069In this session we looked at the Clip Cube, how to activate it, how to manipulate it, how to use it to create a section viewport,  and how it can be saved as part of a Saved View. Then we looked at creating a 3D detail showing the intersection of a wall and roof. We looked at how to create a wall with cladding and structure, a roof with cladding and structure.

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