I was talking to my friend on the konstruckshon web site yesterday, and he reminded me that schools, colleges and universities are now getting ready for the summer holiday. They start again in September. If you were a teacher wanting to teach Vectorworks in your school, university or college, then you need to start planning your courses.
These exercises are designed to teach you how to use the basic editing tools and commands. Some people think of these exercises are too simple for them, so they don’t complete them. This is a mistake. These exercises are designed to show you the different options that are available.
In this session we looked at the resources that have been added to the web site since March 2013. There have been several pages added to the site, and in particular a road map that can be used to understand how the resources relate to each other and can be used to plan the training.
This session looked at the Education Resources and how to find them on the web site. We also looked at the image on the web site that shows the parts and how the parts relate to each other, and teaching Vectorworks as a whole. I think the road map is really useful to see how the parts relate, and it makes it easy to plan teaching Vectorworks.
In this session we looked at the resources that have been created this month on the Educations Resources page. Each month more resources are being added, so it is a good idea to see how the resources are being added and if the order of the resources need amending.
These exercises are designed to teach you how to use the basic tools in Vectorworks. Some people think of these exercises are too simple for them, so they don’t complete them. This is a mistake. These exercises are designed to show you the different options that are available in each tool.
Extrusions are the main object in 3D modeling, so here are some rules for Extrusions. Extrude To create an extrusion start with a solid 2D element, for example a rectangle, a circle, etc. If you want to render the object it has to be a solid object before you extrude it. It can be a line, rectangle, polygon. It can be any 2D shape.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Snapping in Vectorworks means that you use other objects on the screen to draw accurately.
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.
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.
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
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.
Introduction to CAD
CAD stands for Computer Aided Drafting or Computer Aided Design. It means using the computer to draw.