# 3D Modeling Special Interest Group – April 2018

In this session, we created a complex water slide shape, comparing the advantages of turning it into a hybrid symbol instead of an Auto Hybrid, explored using the hybrid symbol for cabinetry and added a chimney to a curved roof.

# Getting Started Special Interest Group May 2017

In this session, we looked at creating a specific door and window combination by using the window plugin available in Australia and New Zealand (Windoor). We also looked at basic Vectorworks geometry and how to recognize the difference between X, Y, and Z. This led to a discussion about the screen plane, working plane, and layer plane.

# Vectorworks Tip #207 – Working Planes with Dimensions

Sometimes when you place a dimension, the dimension snaps to objects that you are not intending it to. In this image you can see how the dimension has snapped to the front of one object and to the rear of the other giving me a measurement of the distance between the two objects, but not the one I want. If you set your Active Plane to Screen Plane, you can measure the distance between the two objects on the screen plane, which might be the dimension you are looking for.

# Vectorworks Tip #117 – 3D Modelling – Automatic Working Planes

Automatic Working Planes. When you understand the concept of working planes, Automatic Working Planes will be easy to use. Automatic Working Planes allows you to instantly find and use working planes on the objects you move near. The Automatic Working Plane will appear as a blue plane on the object.

# Vectorworks Tip #108 – 3D Modelling – Working Plane Palette

Vectorworks has a working planes palette that you can access from the Window > Palettes menu. This palette can be used to save, delete and activate working planes. But you don’t have to use this palette. You can access and recall all the working planes from the Active Plane menu.

# Vectorworks Tip #099 – Modelling – Working Planes Palette

There is a working planes palette that you can use to save, activate and manage working planes. But there is also an Active Plane menu that you can use to activate working planes.  This is the same menu where you can choose automatic, screen or layer planes.

# Vectorworks Screen plane Vs Layer Plane

Here is a youtube movie from one of my old friends, Steve Scaysbrook. He is looking at an overview of Screen plan Vs Layer plane, how to set it up, and perhaps more importantly easily change whole drawings easily with the Vector Depot plugin.