• 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.

  • Vectorworks Tip 388 – What can you use Contours For?

    In the previous tip about contours , I said that you could use them to rearrange the model. But that’s only one useful contours. If you are using marionette you can use contours to generate slices through an object and then use those slices to create further objects in marionette.

  • Vectorworks Tip 374 – Slabs

    Slabs are a hybrid object, which means that they have both 2D and 3D components. An easy way to create a slab is to draw 2D polygon for the plan of the slab. Using the command Create Objects from Shapes…, You can make this polygon into a slab. The slab…

  • Vectorworks Tip 373 – Extrude Along Path (Using a Copy)

    I quite often have projects which use the same profile but have different paths for my extrusions. One of the tricks I use is to duplicate the extrude along path, and then edit the path. That makes it very quick to create a new extrude along path, especially if you…

  • Vectorworks Tip 363 – Extrude Along Path (Direction Matters)

    When you create an extrude along path the direction of your path is extremely important. Your profile object is always lined up with the start of your path and is then extruded along it. If your path is going in the reverse direction, you will find that your profile is…

  • 3D Modelling Special Interest Group – May 2015

    In this session we looked at creating a bar for a nightclub. This allowed use to look at Extrude Along Path…, Extract tool, Create Surface Array…, Convert to Line Light, and we added lights and rendered the screen. This session suffered from sound issues and a major crash that meant…

  • 3D Modelling Special Interest Group – April 2015

    In this session the attendees wanted to look at modeling a simple greenhouse (Glasshouse). This project is reasonably straightforward and requires the understanding of some 3-D tools and commands. For example, the command used most to create this object is Extrude Along Path… This command is extremely useful for creating…

  • 3D Modelling Special Interest Group – March 2015

    In this session we looked at as many of the standard tools on the 3D Modelling toolset. Many users do not know what the tools can be used for, so this is the first session (of several) that will look at the tools in detail.

  • 3D Modelling Special Interest Group – January 2015

    In this session we looked at using simple 3D modelling to create a design to earthquake strengthening. This would be a useful strategy when you want to discuss the design of the detail with an person (maybe the engineer who designed it). Using Automatic Working Planes, simple extrusions, the Push/Pull…

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