FlexTools Extension

Thanks Matt!
Doing out best :slight_smile:

Hi All, I have a question regarding (solid) Flex Bifolds.

It seems when I change the Sash Panel type to Solid, the bi-folding doors actually separate which looks odd in plan view. I attached a screenshot below to show what I am seeing. Totally new to this plugin as of a few days ago, so there may be an easy fix. I searched for a while and couldn’t find one.

Solid Bifold with large gap at the hinge:

I did customize a glass panel type Flex Bifold and it looks fine, but I could use some help figuring out how to do that without breaking the dynamic quality of the block.

Any news? Would love to see the option to choose rounded profiles, this would vastly improve visual fidelity when rendered. Still using my self-made rounded preset to this date…

Hi Ciro,

Looks like you hit a bug where the solid panels aren’t aligned correctly when they are open and facing outward. We’ll release a fix for this today.

Hi Matt,

The double and triple glazing option is available in all the windows - except for the first two windows (from the left of the toolbar) and the arch window which all work a bit differently.

Regarding rounded window profiles. I think I didn’t read your message all the way to the end at the time…? maybe I was thinking of the “rounded window” (arch window) which we released at the same time that we added double glazing to all the windows?

In any case, at the moment you can still add the rounded edges manually like you’ve done in the examples you’ve uploaded above.

Adding an option for rounded edges would be difficult to implement (it would add a lot of additional sub-components to the DC).

Potentially we could release all the windows and doors with rounding that we’ve done manually ourselves - so as to save the headache from everyone. But I’m wondering that there may be customers who won’t benefit from default rounded edges:

  1. Some might not want rounding at all. I have aluminum windows here that are totally rectangular. Where if I were to model them for rendering I would add at most 1mm rounding.

  2. If it were metal windows, maybe the rounding would be 3 or 6 mm like in the examples you’ve uploaded.

  3. For wooden windows it could be a completely flat chamfer of maybe 0.5 or 2 cm…

Hi Ciro,
I have sent you a fix for the Bifold component by email.

We’ll be sending the fix to everyone in an official update in a few days. If anyone needs it sooner, let us know.

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I’m not talking about default rounded edges, I’m talking about the option to not use simple rectangular profiles but to use rounded profiles. But yeah, providing some sort of “rounded profile package” that you could download additionally would be very appreciated.

Works great thank you!

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An option in the DC will create too many sub-components, and a downloadable package is a bit a problem with how the components are currently made. But maybe a tool in ruby for replacing the profiles and frame… ok, you got us thinking about this :slight_smile:

That sounds good. Ship the elements just the way they are now but provide a small and simple tool to exchange the profiles for other profiles. You could then either provide a basic choice of profiles w/ different rounding radii or chamfer variante or even enable to users to use their own profiles. Just some food for thought. :wink:

Oh, and I’d love to get my hands on those rounded variants you prepared yourself - I am sure I’d be able to learn a thing or two by checking them out.

Have you ever wished you could change default thumbnails with your own, see your rendered images instead of V-ray proxies? You can do that in ComponentFinder now!

Assign your own thumbnails with custom images:
Right Click > Set Custom Thumbnail > Choose a JPG or PNG

The thumbnail image you assign will be automatically copied into the folder where the component is stored, and it will be named with the same name.

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View in Windows: custom thumbnails are saved along side the skp files

Would you find custom thumbnails useful?

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Hi -
I like your system and some of the techniques you incorprate could speed up my workflow, particularly the automatic cutting of holes in walls.

Is there a way to get some of the tools, eg the wall cutting function, without needing the entire Flextools system?

I use my customised window/door components (or manufacturer models) and have a modelling process that sets out openings to more precise dimensions…So i don’t require your component library or all the tricks that come with it.

But $200/year is too much for me to pay for a tool that cuts an opening, which I would only use every once in a while.

Thanks

Hi Sam,

At the moment all our tools and dynamic components come in one package FlexPack Pro. Its current price is 99 euros per year, which is currently about $120.

We may release WallCutter as a separate extension one day, but unfortunately I can’t say right now if and when that will happen.

One more new feature in the latest update is the Recently Used tab.

You can now reach your recently used components in one click!

If you need to find the original folder where a recent component is stored:

Right Click > ‘Open Containing Folder in a New Tab’

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Let us know what you think in the comments! :writing_hand:

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There are 3 things we can watch forever: fire burning, water falling, and speed modeling with FlexTools. :rocket: :smiley:

Thanks to Moshe Shemesh for sharing the video.