Architect Special Interest Group March 2019

In this webinar we looked at how to deal with difficult wall thickening and an awkward chamfered corner between walls with different thicknesses. Then we looked at inserting objects in walls. The problem was two windows with a thin mullion between, which lead on to looking at to insert objects into walls.

Topics Covered:

  • 00:26   Someone had a section that was too big—only part of the building really needed to be shown in the drawing—so we discussed ways of limiting the section. One way was to duplicate the section and crop it. You can use the Split Line tool to cut a viewport into parts and then revise the crop of each part to only show what is needed.
  • 05:21   Another person had two walls coming together in a kind of Z-shape with a fireplace nested in the shape and wanted to show where they all came together as one wall object. We demonstrated how to have these come together nicely by making the odd-shaped 2D geometry into a pillar and then joining the walls to the pillar. We demonstrated how these might look in elevation—sometimes the joining lines are visible, and sometimes not. Changing the smoothing angle can often help. You can also use the Fillet tool to put curves in walls.
  • 26:24   Someone had a double window that needed to be shown as one window. We set up the two double-hung windows outside of a wall, put a pillar for the mullion between them and turned them all into a symbol. Then, we placed the symbol into the wall. When you create the symbol, be sure to select the Insert into Wall option. There’s also the choice in the Window tool of selecting the Use Window Geometry option to insert the symbol into the wall. If you do that, Vectorworks will consider the symbol as a Window object—however, that option has its own set of challenges, as we saw in the webinar.
  • 34:25   We experimented with making wall recesses by inserting objects—symbols, extrusions—into walls. The 3D Wall Hole Component is used to punch the hole into a wall. We went through step by step how to create the symbol, including using the Shell Solid tool to hollow the object out, and add the Wall Hole Component to it—together they create the wall recess.

Architect March 2019

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Landscape Special Interest Group February 2019

In this session, we discussed building a structure that you want to reuse, such as a wood shed, turning the structure into a symbol and importing that symbol into another file; we also covered using the Renderworks Camera—including turning a camera view into a viewport—and using the Clip Cube for design work as well as for client presentations.

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Landscape Special Interest Group January 2019

In this session, we talked about the effect of slope on the number of your plants and their spacing, showed how to add and remove labels with the Reshape tool, showed the Swale/Berm tool that comes with the new Surface Sculpting set, covered adding plant labels in the Annotation window of the viewport with the Data Tag tool, demonstrated aligning plant labels with the Align/Distribute Leader Lines command, covered plant styles, and discussed when to used solid colors or tiles for pavers.

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Interactive Workshops February 2019 – Importing and Exporting

We often have to work with other consultants and with other file formats. In these cases, we have to import this information, or we have to export it for others. There are many choices. In these sessions, we looked at the most useful formats for the users. 

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