# Education_m_003 – Creating Drawings from a 3D Model

There are two effective ways to create drawings from a 3D model. The first method might seem slow compared to the second method, but you need to understand the concept of creating drawings before you use the quick method.

# Learning Vectorworks

I have a few pople ask me about learning Vectorworks, and whether you should use this web site to learn Vectorworks from scratch. It all depends on what part of Vectorworks you want to learn.

# Education_SIG_003 Education Special Interest Group March 2013

In this session we looked at the resources that are on this web site and we looked at the new Vectorworks Essentials Tutorial manuals. This manual has a new chapter covering and introduction to 3D modeling.

# Education_m_002 – Extrusions and Modeling

Introduction

3D modeling in Vectorworks is fun and it allows you to create objects that have never existed before. It allows you to use your imagination and it allows to see your object from any view.

# Education_m_001 – Introduction to 3D Modeling

Introduction to 3D Modeling

In this exercise you will create a simple 3D model using simple tools and commands. You can then use this model to create drawings using a new concept called Viewports. We will be using a quick command to create the viewports from the 3-D model. This command is only available if you using Vectorworks Architect, Landmark, Spotlight, or Designer. The command we will be using is not available if you have Vectorworks Fundamentals.

# Education_008 – Viewing

Viewing

There are several viewing tools. Some of the tools are located in the Tool palette, and some are on the View bar at the top of the drawing window. We will look at the most useful tools and techniques later in this manual.

# Education_007 – Dimensions

Dimensions

A drawing without dimensions is pretty useless.  It is important that when you place dimensions you place them accurately. Learning to dimension your drawings accurately will allow you to draw more quickly in Vectorworks.

# Education_006 – Applying Graphic Attributes

Applying Graphic Attributes

Vectorworks is a very graphic program. We have control over the stacking order of objects ( the way things appear at the front or the back), we can assign colors to objects, we can change line weights and line styles, and so on. It is important that you understand how to control the graphic style of objects so that you can make your drawings more readable.

# Education_005 – Snapping

Snapping

Snapping in Vectorworks means that you use other objects on the screen to draw accurately.

# Education_004 – Basic Concepts

Basic Concepts

To be able run the software efficiently you need to learn the basic concepts of Vectorworks first. This section of the manual is designed to show you the concepts that form the basis of Vectorworks. We will learn to make a few simple objects, how to select objects, who to delete objects, and how to delete objects.

# Education_009 – Quickstart to Vectorworks

When I acquire a new software, I am looking for a guide that spells out the main concepts in a concise manner. This manual is just that. It is not a comprehensive manual, but one that gets you started quickly.

# Education_003 – Introduction to Vectorworks

Introduction to Vectorworks

Firstly Vectorworks is not a cheap or low-powered program.  It is a very powerful program as well as being good value for money

# Education_002 – New Ways of Drawing

New Ways of Drawing

When you are drawing on your drawing board or even in some CAD programs, you draw with lines (lines, circles and arcs). The tendency is to carry the same practice on when you use VectorWorks.

# Education_001 – Introduction to CAD

CAD stands for Computer Aided Drafting or Computer Aided Design. It means using the computer to draw.

# Education Resources

When you’re teaching Vectorworks it’s important for the students to understand the basic concepts. Sometimes these basic concepts are abstract, and it can be difficult for some students to understand how these basic concepts can affect their later working. Continue reading

# Education_SIG_002 Education Special Interest Group February 2013

This was the second session for the education special interest group, and again we spent a lot of time discussing the structure that would be appropriate for educational purposes.

# Education_SIG_001 Education Special Interest Group February 2013

This was the first session for the education special interest group. We spent a lot of time discussing the structure that would be appropriate for educational purposes.

Welcome to the May edition of the archoncad newsletter. The theme this month is how to help your business. Learning is important. If you wanted to cut down a tree, you’d use a sharp chainsaw. Learning is like sharpening the saw.

# Should Vectorworks be Used in Schools?

Should Vectorworks focus on High Schools?

The answer is that Vectorworks simply cannot afford NOT to focus on High Schools.
It my belief, that Vectorworks should be actively involved in schools, high schools and universities.
A good friend of mine (and a lecturer at Unitec in Auckland) used to say to me, “Jonathan, what you need to do is to get their mindshare. Get their mindshare, market share will follow”
I wrote my first Vectorworks manual for schools for Vectorworks version 8.5. That was some time ago, but we needed support from Vectorworks and its distributors to make this a success. I updated this for Vectorworks version 11 and Vectorworks 12.5.  Several schools have purchased this system from me and have had great results. Imagine, a high school student that learned Vectorworks 11 in 2004, would now be graduating university, and most likely, using Vectorworks commercially.
Design and Technology is being taught at high school, almost from the first year at high school. The students are no longer waiting until university to learn CAD, they are learning from year 11 onwards. At least two universities have said to me that is not their job to teach CAD The universities are looking to high schools to teach CAD. If Vectorworks does not focus their energy on getting Vectorworks into high schools, the users will be learning other CAD programs and Vectorworks will have to move users from these other programs. It isn’t too late to attach this market and give the students a better alternative.
I have recently been helping a high school friend that wanted to use Vectorworks for a project. By using the 3D Modeling manual and Essential Tutorial Manual he was able to create a really cool coffee machine. This was a major project for him, and he was able to create orthographic drawings, a product range and a movie. Now that he has achieved so much with Vectorworks, isn’t it likely that he will carry on with it?

# 201 Vectorworks Landmark Course

I have a 201 Vectorworks Landmark course starting next week. This course is ideal for Vectorworks users that want to draw their landmark projects in 3D. I think that drawing your projects in 3D is very important. I have one client that moved form 2D plans to 3D presentations. They found that the conversion rate from concept to construction on site went from 40% for the 2D drawings to 90% for the 3D presentation.