3D Modeling Special Interest Group – November 2017


In this session, we covered importing a SketchUp chair into a Vectorworks file, discussed some of the changes to the Subdivision Modeling modes in Vectorworks 2018, and highlighted some stair tricks and tips, such as making a simple stair into a site modifier and quickly creating a custom stair.

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Vectorworks Tip 436 – Creating a Curved Stair


In this example I’m using the Circular Stair tool (remember this is part of the legacy tools that you will have to add to your workspace). Like the simple stair, the curve stair allows you to create a quick curving stair, which I find is useful for concept drawings where you do not want focus too much on the detail. The Object Info palette has all of the options that you need for the stair.

Vectorworks Tip 426 – Creating a Straight Stair With the Simple Stair Tool


For concept design, I think the simple stair takes a lot of beating. It’s easy to use, it’s very quick to use, and it gives you some pleasing results without too much bother with settings. Because it is a simple stair, you have very limited graphic and handrail abilities, but remember the conceptual design, you don’t want to have too many options.

Vectorworks Tip 418 – Creating a Dog-Leg Stair With The Custom Stair Tool


Remember that the custom stair tool is designed to be used as a kit of parts. This means that to create a dogleg stair we need three parts: a straight flight, a U-Landing, and a straight flight for the final part of the stair. Once you understand that the stair uses a kit of parts, it becomes much easier to create the stair that you want.

Vectorworks Tip 414 – Creating a Straight Stair With the Custom Stair Tool


The custom stair tool is not part of the default workspace, you have to edit yourself from the legacy category. The custom stair tool is very flexible and is designed to be used like a kit of parts. In this tip will just look at a simple straight stair, but in later tips we will look at more complex stairs.

Vectorworks Tip 406 – Simple Stair

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This tool is ideal for creating a Simple Stair, as its name implies. It is not suitable for creating complex stairs or stairs that link between floors. This stair is available in the standard Landmark workspace, but it is not available in the standard Architect workspace. You can add this to your workspace by customising your workspace; You will find this stair in the Legacy category. One of the cool tricks you can perform at this stair is using the Split tool on it. The stair becomes a solid object, and by double clicking on it you can go back to adjust the original stair.

Vectorworks Tip 402 – Custom Stair

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Many people do not like the custom stair tool and it has been removed from the default Vectorworks workspace. In order to find it you will need to customise your workspace, locate the custom stair in the legacy category and add it to your own workspace. The Custom Stair works differently than the main Vectorworks stair tool in that it works on the concept of parts. You add a flight, then you add a landing, the new and another flight, then you can add another landing or winder, then you can add another flight, and so on. That makes the stair extremely flexible, much more flexible than the standard stair tool.

Architect Special Interest Group December 2015 (am)


Topics covered:

  • 3D text along a path
  • 3D curved window   6:19
  • creating a symbol from the window   14:07
  • inserting symbol in a wall   16:05
  • stories for split level projects   21:55
  • stairs on split level buildings   39:46
  • clip cube to control viewing   41:49
  • section viewport from clip cube   42:17
  • using layer colors   47:09
  • creating plan section viewport   50:18

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Architect_079 Architect Special Interest Group October 2015 (am)


The main topics covered:

  • importing and upgrading an old project
  • default attributes
  • unified view and unified view options
  • creating a corner stair and stair tools
  • adding tools to your workspace
  • locating old (legacy) tools and adding these to your workspace
  • editing and managing workspaces

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cadmovie1501_04 – Stories, Layers and Levels – Part 4

Columns, Stairs and Slabs

Columns have a top bound and a bottom bound – these control the overall top and bottom of the column. There are several choices…

As with the walls and columns, you can use the story settings to control the start and stop of your stairs. But you can only control the top bound and the bottom bound of the stair, you cannot control other parts of the stair like the handrails.

Slabs have Z Ref Level – this is the level that controls the slab datum (usually the top of a slab component).

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