Medeek Wall

Version 1.6.5 - 09.10.2020

  • Added a parameter into the global settings to allow for adjustment of the size of labels and annotations.
  • Added a parameter into the global settings to allow for adjustment of the font for text found within annotations and labels.

An example of a detached garage with arched doors set into a stemwall foundation:

View model here:

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Tutorial 16 - Garage Doors (19:17 min.)

Version 1.6.6 - 09.15.2020

  • Fixed a bug with Tyvek and ZIP Systems sheathing when the sheathing is lapped at the corners (rectangular walls only).

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Version 1.6.7 - 09.26.2020

  • Added additional tool tips to the Wall Corners tab of the Global Settings.

I’ve been fielding a lot of questions recently about the corner offset parameter and related wall end/corner conditions. I may need to still provide additional documentation and diagrams to further clarify these parameters.

Version 1.6.8 - 09.28.2020

  • Added a “Refresh Licensee Data” button within the License tab of the Global Settings.

Previously when you renewed your license you would need to go through some convoluted steps to refresh you license data within the plugin. This new feature reduces this process to a single mouse click.

Previously the required steps were:

1.) Remove the existing serial number.
2.) Click the Save Settings button.
3.) Re-enter your serial number.
4.) Click the Save Settings button again.
5.) Restart SketchUp.

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First look at a 3D batten cladding on rectangular walls:

View model here:

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Nice coincidence, I have a current client who asked for this. So can you control the size and spacing of the battens? I imagine you could eventually develop this into doing corrugated siding and standing seam metal siding and roofing for the roof module too.

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Yes and yes.

I have a system that I am further refining that allows you to control three important parameters:

1.) Spacing of battens
2.) Width of the battens
3.) Depth of the battens

The depth or thickness of the underlying cladding (boards) is controlled by the cladding thickness parameter.

The custom material (in the Material Library) must be in this format:

battens_12.0_1.5_1.0

Where the three numeric values give the spacing, width and depth respectively.

The only real problem with this new feature is that the algorithm used to generate the 3D corrugated surface is a bit expensive computationally and does add a few more polygons into the model. On my old machine the wall routines are noticeably slower but not by a huge margin. For most users I don’t think it will be a problem.

I can see using this for standing seam metal siding (and roofing) however if you try to use this to represent corrugated siding I think the close spacing and number of operations will make it slow things down noticeably.

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Some more screenshots of battens:

*Notice the format of the batten material and its three numeric values within the name of the material.

Texture vs. 3D Battens:

Personally I prefer the texture myself, lower poly and it looks just as good or better than the real deal.

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My thoughts exactly.

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Version 1.6.9 - 10.17.2020

  • Added the ability to create custom “Board and Batten” wall cladding materials within the Material Library.
  • Enabled “3D” Board and Batten wall cladding for all wall types: Rectangular, Gable, Shed and Hip.

For the plugin to recognize the wall cladding material as a “board and batten” material is must be in this format:

battens_{decimal value}{decimal value}{decimal_value}

The three values are: batten spacing, batten width, batten depth respectively.

There should be no white spaces inserted into the name, only the underscore character in three places as shown.

Another view of board and battens:

Just over five years into programming these plugins, I released the first version of the Truss plugin Oct. 7, 2015.

The further I go it seems like I just keep coming up with more things “todo”. I really need to take myself and clone me about five times and then set each clone at developing the various plugins, maybe then I might get somewhere with all of this.

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Version 1.7.0 - 10.23.2020

  • Fixed a bug in the Walls tab of the Global Settings.

The Medeek Wall plugin (and mdkBIM) was featured in this 3D Basecamp Fireside Chat:

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Hi Nathaniel - what would you suggest as a good way of modeling this roof? Obviously I can go ahead and model the rest by hand, but I thought I’d check here first and see if I am missing something in the plugin. Thanks!

Garage 1.skp (14.6 MB)

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I don’t have a particular solution for this roof configuration yet, you have got me thinking.

I would say you are on the right track. Yes, some manual editing will be required.

That’s where it gets tedious. I found the most useful thing to be the Medeek Tools. Draw an arbitrary working surface on the roof you want to trim to, copy and paste it into the context of the roof you want to trim and use Medeek Tools for trimming them bit by bit.

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I agree, the Trim Tool (Medeek Tools - included in the Truss Plugin) is definitely your friend when it comes to manual editing. Thank-you for providing this example.