Medeek Wall Plugin


#565

Last night as I was looking at this I had a similar thought.

Obviously the number of possible wall shapes is really infinite so rather than trying to track wall heights and roof pitches maybe it would be better (at least for the more complex, non-standard shapes) just to let the user define an outline on a vertical plane and then have a sophisticated enough algorithm that can determine how best to frame it out.

It will probably be a while before I get to the really complicated shapes so I do have some time to think this through more. The one downside of a user defined outline is that growing or shrinking the wall becomes a little less controlled (ie. scale the outline in the horizontal direction), however this is probably the easiest and best solution.


#566

You’re making my head hurt!


#567

Thank-you, at least someone is feeling my pain. Somehow I’ve got to code each of these wall types.


#568

As I was going down through the list this morning and my notes I’ve also noticed that there has been quite a demand for multiple layer gypsum walls (firewalls).

To do this I would need to create a new attribute library folder which basically means that this would break backward compatibility of the plugin again.

Under the advanced options I would add in a new parameter called:

Advanced Gypsum Options: Yes or No

Then under a new heading:

Advanced Gypsum Options:

Interior Layers: 0, 1, 2
Int. 1 Thickness: in or mm
Int. 1 Material: (utilize materials from Material Manager as well as one default built in material)
Int. 2 Thickness: in or mm
Int. 2 Material: (utilize materials from Material Manager as well as one default built in material)

Exterior Layers: 0, 1, 2
Ext. 1 Thickness: in or mm
Ext. 1 Material: (utilize materials from Material Manager as well as one default built in material)
Ext. 2 Thickness: in or mm
Ext. 2 Material: (utilize materials from Material Manager as well as one default built in material)

A total of eleven new parameters. Let me know your thoughts on this, is there a better way to present these options or somehow condense this information into a simpler form?

Since the user can specify the material independently for each layer (4 different layers) its possible to use other materials other than gypsum (ie. tile, cement board, OSB, Plywood, cedar paneling etc…)

For example one could install a layer of foam under a layer of gypsum or OSB under the gypsum or any other possible combination.

Between two apartments and interior wall may have a layer of OSB under the gypsum on both sides of the wall, or perhaps two framed walls with no gypsum or sheathing on the interior faces but OSB covered with the gypsum on the exterior faces. This advanced option would allow for more flexibility and the ability to handle complex multi-wall and multi-layer situations.


#569

Version 0.9.8d - 10.18.2018

  • Created the gable wall matrix selector for the new gable wall module.
  • Added the ability to wrap beams with gypsum and updated the beam menus with this new feature.

*** WARNING ***

This update will break backward compatibility for beams created in previous versions of the plugin.

Note that the material used to wrap the beams can be chosen from the custom materials so technically any material can utilized.

The start offset and end offset allow the designer to pull back the wrap any specified amount to allow for beam pocketing or in the case where the beam extends beyond the wall to the exterior of the building.

The wrap covers the sides and bottom of the beam. Thickness can also be specified as shown above.


#570

This screenshot shows an application where the gypsum offset comes into play:

Note the 18" offset from the end of the beam. Also note the use of the miter cut and the notching out of the gypsum, sheathing and cladding (advanced options for the column with beam pocket).

Surprisingly there is quite a lot going on here even though the geometry looks relatively simple.


#571

Per user requests I’ve enabled an additional parameter for windows so that you can assign a manufacturer to the installed windows (door also coming soon). Note that the window geometry itself is not manufacturer specific but is controlled by the users preferences.

In the near future I will also be creating a window and door preset feature so various options can be pre-configured.

If manufacturer’s logos are enabled in the Material tab of the Global Settings and a manufacturer is assigned then the plugin will affix a label to the window in order to quickly and easily identify the window manufacturer:

The label is actually its own group/face on the dimension 3 layer and can be toggled by turning this layer on or off.

In the future it might be useful to enable a tool that allows one to switch all of the windows and door from one manufacturer to another with the single click of a button. If a cost database is setup for the various manufacturers then the estimating module can create comparative cost estimates depending on the manufacture of the fenestration.

I’ve initially added the following manufacturers/brands:

Pella, Milgard, Marvin, Integrity, Plygem, Jeld-Wen, Alside, Andersen, Atrium, Harvey, MI, PGT, Simonton, YKK-AP

The label is constrained to a square 8"x8" and offsets the window glass by 0.125 so that it does not z-fight with the window glass.

Please send me any window and door manufacturers that you would like to see added to the plugin.


#572

I’ve also added in one additional parameter that lets the user specify the manufacturer series number if applicable.


#573

Version 0.9.8e - 10.21.2018

  • Added a manufacturer’s label and fields (mfr. and series) for windows.
  • Added the following window manufacturers and labels: Alside, Andersen, Atrium, Harvey, Integrity, Jeld-Wen, Marvin, MI, Milgard, Pella, PGT, PlyGem, Simonton, YKK-AP
  • Shutters Option added to the Windows tab of the global settings.
  • “Window Trim Inset” parameter added to the Windows tab of the global settings.

The Window Trim Inset parameter allows the trim to be brought right up against the window. Previously the trim around the window was flush with the framed opening however since the window is typically 1/2" less in overall size than the framed opening this left a 1/4" gap all the way around the window.

The default value for the inset parameter is 1/4" so that the trim butts right up to the window frame. This parameter can be set to a positive or negative value. If the parameter is set to zero then the trim will be flush with the framed opening.

The shutter option parameter allows one to set the default behavior of this advanced option for the window draw tool.

The manufacturer series parameter has been added however I have not yet added all the series for each manufacturer. I will be contacting each manufacturer and inquiring which of their window series should be added to the plugin.


#574

This weekend was one of those deals where life kind of got in the way. Busing kids to prom and taking my two youngest to breakfast at McD’s, not exactly a breakfast for champions but a good time none the less.

I did manage to put out a few small fires and take care of some items that were a bit lower on the list.

I’ll hit it hard again tomorrow, really excited to get the first iteration of the gable wall out.


#575

Putting a few fires out this morning and a couple things jumped out at me:

Putting a few fires out this morning and a couple things jumped out at me:

1.) In your wall preset names keep it simple. Best practice is to stick with simple alpha numeric names. Using double quotes appears to cause some issues with the javascript of the HTML menu and will cause the presets not to load. Spaces and periods are okay.

2.) Just a reminder that loading and using a preset is a three step process (this needs to be streamlined into a two step process). Select the preset from the drop down menu, load the preset (click the load button) and then activate the newly loaded values with the update button (click the update button). Then begin to draw.

3.) Inserting the wall groups within other groups essentially hides them from the plugin. The auto-corner config module is looking for wall panel groups in the root of the model. It does not check inside of other groups and look for nested wall panel groups. If you place wall panel groups within other groups it will essentially ignore these walls, it doesn’t know they exist.


#576

In the global settings I am calling the (three) layers that I use for labels and annotations “Dimension” layers.

Technically this isn’t quite correct since I am not placing dimensions on this layer rather annotations, text and labels as well as some symbols (windows, doors, holdowns, straps etc…)

What would be a better name to give these layers?


#577

Version 0.9.8f - 10.23.2018

  • Critical fixes in the following modules: Auto-Corner Config, Shutters, Sheathing and Cladding.
  • Loading wall presets changed to a two step process. Clicking the update button is no longer required to activate a loaded preset.
  • Wall edit menu updated to allow for sequential selection of wall panels for quick editing.

There are even more minor fixes that are too numerous to list.

The wall edit menu update should be a welcome fix. If you are right clicking on each wall to edit them then each time you right click and “Edit Assembly” the wall settings will appear in the edit menu for that wall. Previously a separate window would open up for each wall panel but only the last edit window actually worked. This resolves that issue and makes it more intuitive and robust.

If you are using the edit icon to edit walls this is even a quicker method of selecting and editing walls. After you select a wall the tool remains active and you can continue to select and update walls by clicking on your target wall panels. To terminate the tool, close the edit menu and hit the space bar.

Both methods of editing are now faster and much more intuitive and robust.


#578

Version 0.9.8g - 10.24.2018

  • Corrected a bug in the Walls tab of the global settings involving the wall presets selection field.
  • Added a blocking thickness parameter in the Walls tab of the global settings.

This particular bug in the Walls tab only became an issue when a previously selected default preset was deleted and then the user navigated to the Walls tab after the deletion.

Now the javascript checks first for the existence of the default preset before trying to assign it in the drop down menu.

Not a really big issue but in a certain state it will lock up the form and not allow the user to save their settings.

The blocking thickness parameter was a quick item to add per a user request. Note that this is a global default and cannot currently be adjusted per wall panel. If we need more granularity I can do that but it means an additional parameter in the attribute library of the wall panel which means it will break backward compatibility with previous versions of the plugin.


#579

Medeek Wall Plugin Tutorial 5: Multi-Story Construction

View model here:


#580

I’ve heard you mention several time about breaking backwards compatibility. In this case exactly how would that break?

  1. Do you mean that walls drawn with a newer version would have the added parameter respected when edited with the old version?

If so I don’t see that as necessarily breaking. The feature simply didn’t exist in the previous version.

  1. Or do you mean that walls draw previously will not work correctly with the new version?

If this is the case it would be easy to ‘fix’. For example if a wall is edited and an attribute does not exist (because its an old version), then simply add the attribute and set it to the default value.

  1. Otherwise what kind of compatibility issue will this cause?

#581

Version 0.9.8h - 10.25.2018

  • Fixed a bug with the blocking parameter for metric templates.

If your using metric templates you will want to upgrade to this version otherwise your blocking will appear too large as it will not be converted from millimetres to inches in the final drawing step.

A critical fix for clients using metric.


#582

What I mean is that walls drawn with previous versions of the plugin will probably generate errors in the updated plugin.

Usually this is because I have added attributes that are then missing in the older model.

However, in some cases I have actually removed or renamed attributes which strangely enough can also cause problems in specific situations.

I will need to give this some more thought since breaking compatibility will remain an ongoing issue into the future.


#583

As a follow up discussion to the multi-story tutorial I was asked a question by a designer regarding installation of a band board between the two stories as shown below:

To be honest I hadn’t tried this before but the band board is provided by the 1st level walls and then its height is actually set such that it is actually above the sheathing, cladding and wall height. It seems this is possible.

On the same token one could use the 2nd story walls to specify the band board and input a negative number to set the band board below the actual wall itself.

In this particular design case, there is more than one way to solve the problem.

The frieze and skirt boards are a little more static, in that they will always be positioned at the top and bottom of cladding respectively.

On a slightly different note you will notice that we are already at revision “h” of version 0.9.8:

http://design.medeek.com/resources/wallpluginchangelog.html

Quite a few updates to this version. The reason I haven’t rolled to 0.9.9 is because I am saving that version for the stair module roll out and then version 1.0.0 will be when I roll out the gable wall module.

At that point I will be taking the plugin out of BETA which in all reality means that I am then paying attention to backward compatibility issues and actively trying to maintain it so that new upgrades do not cause problems.

Version 1.0.0 also means that I will be further reviewing my pricing structure and my licensing system. There has been some pressure from various quarters to move to a subscription based licensing system even though I have resisted this move.

If I do move to a subscription system the good news is that all currently licensed users will be grandfathered in so that they will not be required to renew a yearly subscription, their licenses will always remain permanent.

As an incentive to encourage more early adopters I will be running a “Thanksgiving Promotion” on all of the plugins until Nov. 23 (Black Friday). For all plugins purchased between Oct. 15 thru Nov. 23 your typical two year license will be doubled to four years and your one year foundation plugin will be doubled to two years.

For those who have recently purchased any of the plugins please send me an email and I will honor this promotion by extending your license exp. date.


#584

Those errors should be preventable by adding some checks. You could even add a version attribute to all your editable components. Then in future versions you could write logic to read the version number first and for old components you add missing components or rename them as needed to bring the component up to date. Of course you won’t be able to maintain compatibility going to other direction which is reasonable. With SketchUp newer versions can open older models but not vice versa. I think users would expect the same from a plugin.