Landscape Special Interest Group February (pm) 2017


In this session we looked at the curtain wall tool and 3D modelling. The problem that we looked at was how to create the timber framing of a small building.

  • 00:16    we started off by looking at the curtain wall settings on a standard wall. The example we looked at first was a balustrade wall that had been created using the curtainwall options on a standard wall. The curtainwall settings allow you to create frames and panels. The frames can be vertical or horizontal and you can control whether there is a boundary frame at the top, at the bottom, or at the sides. This makes it very flexible to create objects using the curtainwall tool. We use the example of a balustrade to show how you can create a timber top rail, aluminium uprights, and glass panels. We looked at the frame and panel settings and how to apply textures to the uprights and panels.
  • 05:34    we looked at the Edit Curtain Wall tool. This tool allows you to create and edit additional frames and panels. We looked at how to create additional frames, how to edit panels, and how to change the texture on individual panels. If we use this tool that should allow is to create our small building framing and create additional nogs (dwangs) or studs as required.
  • 08:07    now that we have looked at the concept of the curtainwall, we can go ahead and create a small building and convert the walls to curtain walls. The small building needs to have a roof so that we can use the command (Fit Walls to Objects…) to quickly change the walls to fit the roof. After creating the walls we can convert them from standard walls to curtainwalls.
  • 10:12    by setting the frames up correctly we can replicate timber framing. But the other thing required for this project is internal lining. The way that the curtainwall is created the panels are designed to go between the frames at the outside of the frames. Using the offset options we can make the panels appear inside the frames but it is impossible to get rid of the gaps between the panels. The solution would be to draw additional walls to show the panelling.
  • 20:59    the requirement for the timber framing is to have equal spacing between the studs and to have the studs set out from the top of the gable wall. Framing companies often start with two studs in the centre of the gable to make it easier to cut the studs. The studs will then work from the centre evenly spaced each direction. This is not possible to do with the curtainwall tool, unless you drew each frame individually. If you did not have access to the curtainwall tool then another way to create the studs and frames would be to use simple 3D modelling. In this part of the session we looked at a simple way to create extrusions to represent the studs and nogs (dwangs). After creating all of the studs, it was suggested that the project should have small windows included. So we rearranged the studs to allow for the windows.
  • 34:50    for the sidewalls we went back to using the standard curtainwall tool and looked at how to insert windows and doors into a standard curtainwall. If this was something you do on a regular basis then it is a productive technique to save your wall as a Wall Style. This would make it easy to reuse this wall style on other projects.

Landscape February 2017 pm

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