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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Fri Jan 10, 2020 10:34 am

As I was comparing the window and door modules this evening a number of things jumped out at me. I've made some updates over the last few months to the window module that did not get propagated to the door module. Here is a short list of items I will work on in the next couple of days to bring the door module up to par:

1.) Arched, gothic arch and half round door openings and doors.
2.) Variable king stud width for doors
3.) Variable trimmer stud width for doors
4.) Built up headers for doors
5.) Trimmer extend option for doors (for built up headers that have a bottom plate, common construction method in Alberta CANADA).

Note that these updates are specifically for man doors and do not apply to garage doors or garage door openings. That will be work for another day.

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I'm also considering making the wall plugin able to insert windows, doors and garage doors into generic walls (non-Medeek Walls), similar to what one is able to do with the electrical plugin. I actually don't think this will be too difficult and will make the Window/Door tools more universal and flexible for the user who may or may not always use Medeek walls in a given project.
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Mon Jan 13, 2020 7:59 am

1 thru 5 of the items list previously are complete and now functional (not released yet).

First look at an arched doorway:



I now need to complete the door trim, casing and install modules for an arched door. Eventually I will provide the option for all of the various door types (eg. six panel, half glass etc…) however to start with I will just enable the solid arched door.

There will also be the permutation involving sidelites and double sidelites with arched doors, but again this will be work for another day.
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Tue Jan 14, 2020 2:43 am

You can set the framing mode of the plugin to 2D or “no framing” 3D mode on a wall panel basis or even set the default behavior in the global settings.

Once you are comfortable with your design you can switch the wall panels to the full framing mode. The no framing mode generates the wall framing as a single solid. Perhaps I need another tutorial that explains this in further detail. Switching between modes is completely automated, just one mouse click after you right click on the wall assembly(s).



The idea behind the 2D and 3D No Framing modes is to keep the model as lightweight as possible during the early design phases (ie. don’t over complicate things with framing) while at the same time providing enough information to fully understand the design and its dimensional constraints/properties.

The 2D mode is great for the initial layout but eventually one of the 3D modes will be required to fully grasp the various wall heights and possibly stacked window layouts etc…
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Wed Jan 15, 2020 6:03 pm

First look at an arched door frame and (solid) door:



I think the only thing still pending is to make sure that wainscoting module can handle arched doors and then I will make this upgrade live.
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Thu Jan 16, 2020 5:26 am

Version 1.2.0  - 01.15.2019

- Added (segmental and half round) arched doors to the door module.
- Enabled variable king stud and trimmer stud widths for doors.
- Enabled built-up headers for doors.
- Enabled the trimmer extend option for doors.
- Added casing "Style C" for rectangle and arched doors (gypsum wrap for interior wall openings).







I've also addressed a few minor bugs and issues with both the door and window modules.

Currently the only arched door style is a "solid" door however I can add additional styles upon request (ie. half glass, double, full glass, six panel etc...)
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Thu Jan 16, 2020 5:34 am

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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Fri Jan 17, 2020 2:40 am

Version 1.2.0b - 01.16.2020
- Fixed a bug with wall presets introduced with the addition of the stud spacing offset parameter.

*** CRITICAL BUG FIX ***
If you have previously installed Version 1.1.8 thru Version 1.2.0 then you will want to update your installation to this latest version. The bug was introduced into the wall presets module on 01/06/2020 when the stud spacing offset parameter was added. This bug fix should resolve that bug and allow the creation of wall presets with this latest parameter added to the list of wall parameters.
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Fri Jan 17, 2020 8:15 am

Version 1.2.1 - 01.17.2020
- Added FLUSH:MITER and MITER:FLUSH option to the Wall Cladding Corners parameter.
- Fixed a second bug with wall presets introduced with the addition of the stud spacing offset parameter.



The additional options for the Wall Cladding Corners parameter is specifically for situations where you encounter a wall cladding material/thickness change at an inside corner as shown.
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Fri Jan 17, 2020 1:30 pm

Version 1.2.1b - 01.17.2020
- Added (segmental and half round) arched double doors to the door module.



View model here:

https://3dwarehouse.sketchup.com/model/ ... Solid-Door
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby Glenn at home » Fri Jan 17, 2020 2:56 pm

Looking good Nathan!
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Fri Jan 17, 2020 5:26 pm

I've been considering add an advanced option for Quoins (outside corners only):



The required parameters would probably be:

Style:
Length 1:
Length 2:
Height:
Spacing:
Thickness:
Material:

View model here:

https://3dwarehouse.sketchup.com/model/ ... 863/Quoins
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Sat Jan 18, 2020 7:12 am

Version 1.2.1c - 01.17.2020
- Fixed a number of bugs related to stacked doors, door sidelites and backward compatibility with previous versions.
- Added (segmental and half round) arched half glass doors to the door module.



Half glass option per customer request.
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Sun Jan 19, 2020 12:57 am

Version 1.2.1d - 01.18.2020
- Fixed the praire and perimeter grille style for arched half glass and full glass doors.
- Added (segmental and half round) arched full glass doors to the door module.



It seems like there is always more with doors. The items still needing attention with the door module are:

- Option for transom window above rectangular and arched doors.
- Sidelites for arched doors.
- Additional door types for arched doors (ie. six panel, double half glass, double full glass etc...)
- Sliding doors
- Pocket doors
- Closet bi-fold doors

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https://3dwarehouse.sketchup.com/model/ ... lass-Doors
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby juju » Sun Jan 19, 2020 6:09 pm

medeek wrote:I've been considering add an advanced option for Quoins (outside corners only)

Keep the main thing the main thing.
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Sun Jan 19, 2020 11:51 pm

juju wrote:
medeek wrote:I've been considering add an advanced option for Quoins (outside corners only)

Keep the main thing the main thing.


It would actually be just another type of corner trim.
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Sat Jan 25, 2020 1:30 pm

Version 1.2.2 - 01.25.2020

- Added (segmental and half round) arched half glass double doors to the door module.
- Added (segmental and half round) arched full glass double doors to the door module.







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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Thu Jan 30, 2020 8:33 am

Version 1.2.3 - 01.30.2020
- Enabled up to four king and/or four trimmer studs for windows.
- Enabled up to four king and/or four trimmer studs for doors.
- Enabled up to four king and/or four trimmer studs for garage doors.







Eight studs deep may seem a bit excessive but it's there if you need it.
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Fri Feb 07, 2020 9:21 pm

Version 1.2.4 - 02.07.2020
- Fixed a bug with the gypsum wrap for rectangular and arched door openings of interior walls.

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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Sun Feb 09, 2020 7:42 am

Version 1.2.4b - 02.08.2020
- Added a T1-11 built-in material into the material library.
- Fixed the move wall tool so that it no longer requires a negative number for offsetting to the exterior side of the wall.
- Enabled the display of the offset dimension next to the blue movement arrow for the move wall tool.



The elimination of the negative offset should make the wall move tool a lot more intuitive to use. Please feel free to give me further feedback in this regard.
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Thu Feb 13, 2020 2:29 am

In some cases you may frame up something like this:



Rather than a tee intersection you have two walls forming a corner and then a third wall tying in at the corner. Currently I really don't have a good solution for this scenario since one would probably need to offset the sheathing or gypsum back where the tertiary wall ties in.

I will need to give this some further thought. Any ideas or suggestions are always welcome.

I've identified a possible bug or issue where the top plate cutout algorithm tries to cut out a zero thickness slice from the adjacent top plate in this particular scenario, I will release a fix for that shortly.
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Sun Feb 16, 2020 7:57 am

Version 1.2.5 - 02.15.2020
- Enabled custom materials (Material Library) for all doors and windows: Trim, Casing, Door Frame, Door, Window Frame, Shutters.
- Addressed a minor bug with multiple walls coming together at a corner.




*** IMPORTANT WARNING ***

This latest update is a necessary and major rewrite of the window and door modules. As such, this update will break compatibility with previous versions of the Wall plugin. It is highly suggested not to upgrade to this latest version for existing projects that were created with previous versions of the plugin.
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Tue Feb 18, 2020 5:44 am

Version 1.2.5b - 02.17.2020
- Fixed a critical bug with the recently updated window and door edit menus.

*** IMPORTANT ***
This is a critical bug fix to Version 1.2.5. When the source code was compiled for this version the updated HTML files (window and door edit menus) were somehow not updated as they should have been. I strongly suggest that you update from version 1.2.5 to version 1.2.5b, otherwise you may not be able to edit your windows and doors.
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Wed Feb 19, 2020 8:09 am

I apologize I was trying to upload Version 1.2.5b yesterday but for some reason I was unable to access the plugin store. I've noticed a number of upgrades and installations of Version 1.2.5 through out the day and this evening. Please upgrade to 1.2.5b since the previous version (1.2.5) has a critical flaw with the edit menus for both windows and doors and will not allow you to edit them. The problem was fully resolved with the fix in Version 1.2.5b.
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Wed Feb 19, 2020 5:05 pm

Working on the Wall Stretch Tool this morning.

Essentially I've boiled this tool down to a **three** click process:

1.) Select the Wall that you want to stretch or shrink.

2.) Select the start or end of the wall panel:



3.) Then select the new position of the wall start/end. (A wire frame is provided along with a dimension). The user can either select the position or key in the amount to stretch or shrink.

This feature is in many ways related to the move tool since stretching a wall will also move any attached walls at the affect corner. Additionally when the start of the wall is moved the location of any features within the wall must be relocated so that they maintain their position, just a few things to think about.

I've also setup the tool so that when you select the wall start or end you don't have to actually select within the circles shown. The tool will calculate how far your mouse click is away from each end and select the end which is closest to the mouse click.
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Fri Feb 21, 2020 2:56 am

Version 1.2.6 - 02.20.2020
- Added a "Style C" trim option for rectangular windows.
- Fixed a critical bug with the door module for metric templates.



This particular trim style probably is best suited for a brick veneer cladding as shown.
I may also create a Style D which looks similar but includes a keystone.
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Fri Feb 21, 2020 1:38 pm

First look at the Tee intersection with gysum backers and midspan blocking enabled:



There are at least five or six different ways to frame this up, but initially I will provide four different options:
1.) Three Studs
2.) Two Studs with blocking
3.) Two Studs only
4.) Disabled

Also these options will not be on a per wall basis but can be set in the global settings.

One of the options will be to turn off this feature so that the user can always opt for more energy efficient means of dealing with these type of intersections.
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Sat Feb 22, 2020 6:16 am

First look at a 2-stud tee intersection with the center stud replaced with blocking:



The other option would be just a 2-stud tee with the center stud or blocking omitted.
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Sat Feb 22, 2020 7:40 am

Version 1.2.7 - 02.21.2020
- Enabled tee intersection blocking/gypsum backers: 3-stud, 2-stud w/ blocking, 2-stud.
- Added a tee intersection parameter to the Walls tab of the Global Settings.



View model here:

https://3dwarehouse.sketchup.com/model/ ... ersections

This update/feature has been on the todo list for many months and I am very excited to finally have a few tee intersection framing options available.
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2020 Medeek Pricing Update

Postby medeek » Sat Feb 22, 2020 8:03 am

After careful consideration of current operating costs and our budget for the fiscal year of 2020 I will be updating the plugin(s) pricing to the following:

New Licenses:
Medeek Truss - $95.00 USD
Medeek Wall - $95.00 USD
Medeek Foundation - $65.00 USD
Medeek Electrical - $40.00 USD

mdkBIM Bundle (Truss, Wall, Foundation) - $170.00 USD

License Renewals:
Medeek Truss - $60.00 USD
Medeek Wall - $60.00 USD
Medeek Foundation - $40.00 USD
Medeek Electrical - $25.00 USD

These updated prices will take affect Mar. 1, 2020. All renewals and new purchases prior to this date will be at the current prices.
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Sun Feb 23, 2020 8:03 am

While I'm on the subject of tee intersections I'm also looking at ladder blocking:





The only real question I have is what to do if the intersecting wall actually aligns with one of the exterior studs of the primary wall? If you eliminate this stud and ladder block across the next two studs then you are spanning 32", this does not seem right. I suppose you could ladder block on both sides of the stud in both bays, but this seems excessive.

Alternatively, in this situation, one could just frame a couple of 2x4 studs on the flat next to the exterior regular stud, see model below:

https://3dwarehouse.sketchup.com/model/ ... ersections
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