Medeek Wall Plugin

Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Wed Aug 04, 2021 3:00 am

Version 2.2.7 - 08.03.2021
- Added insulation to the Medeek Estimator for rectangular walls.

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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Thu Aug 05, 2021 6:40 am

Version 2.2.8 - 08.04.2021
- Fixed a bug with blocking and insulation for portal frame garage doors within rectangular walls.



Portal frames add a good deal of complexity to the framing, blocking and insulation. Some of the details were not completely worked out previously. I think I now have most if not all of these issues addressed.

I also may need to spend some additional time on the holdown placement when multiple portal frames are adjacent to each other like in the example shown.
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Thu Aug 05, 2021 5:17 pm

mdkBIM Tutorial 1: Modeling a Two Car Detached Garage (41:14 min.)



A few issues popped out during the making of this tutorial:

1.) Portal frame holdown placement, custom deletion and redundancy, feedback required.
2.) Wall copy tool did not copy the insulation option setting.
3.) The insulation algorithm seems inconsistent when dealing with tee intersections.

View garage model here:

https://3dwarehouse.sketchup.com/model/ ... e/Garage-4
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Sat Aug 07, 2021 4:56 am

Version 2.2.9 - 08.06.2021
- Fixed a bug with framing, blocking and insulation for tee intersections for all wall types.
- Fixed a minor bug with six panel doors when the door vertical offset is a non-zero value.



This resolves the issue #3 noted in the recent mdkBIM tutorial. I would highly recommend installing this latest update.
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Mon Aug 09, 2021 5:39 am

Version 2.3.0 - 08.08.2021
- Fixed a bug with wall presets for rectangular walls.

!!!! CRITICAL BUG FIX !!!!
If you are using wall presets with rectangular walls and have upgraded to Version 2.2.4 or later then you will want to upgrade to this latest version which rectifies a bug introduced in Version 2.2.4.
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Tue Aug 10, 2021 6:49 am

Version 2.3.1 - 08.09.2021
- Added a vertical offset parameter for cladding material for gable walls.
- Added a vertical offset parameter for "Log" and "Shiplap" cladding materials for gable walls.
- Added a horizontal offset parameter for cladding material for gable walls.
- Added a horizontal offset parameter for "Board and Batten" and "Metal" 3D cladding materials for gable walls.
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Fri Aug 13, 2021 6:17 am

Version 2.3.2 - 08.12.2021
- Added a vertical offset parameter for cladding material for shed and hip walls.
- Added a vertical offset parameter for "Log" and "Shiplap" cladding materials for shed and hip walls.
- Added a horizontal offset parameter for cladding material for shed and hip walls.
- Added a horizontal offset parameter for "Board and Batten" and "Metal" 3D cladding materials for shed and hip walls.

Some rather tedious code updates but important that these wall types have all the options of the rectangular wall type.
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Wed Aug 18, 2021 6:21 am

Version 2.3.3 - 08.17.2021
- Fixed a minor bug with sliding glass doors when the door vertical offset is a non-zero value.

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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Thu Aug 19, 2021 12:17 am

Version 2.3.4 - 08.18.2021
- Added logic into the add and edit menus to prevent users from using single and double quotes in beam and header names.
- Added logic into all HTML menus to prevent users from using vertical bars in beam and header names and within preset names.
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Sun Aug 22, 2021 1:37 am

Version 2.3.5 - 08.21.2021
- Fixed a bug with Simpson Strong Walls when "Terminal" wall end conditions are used in a wall assembly.
- Modified the "Edit Wall Assembly" context menu tool so that it behaves similar to the "Edit Wall" tool.
- Fixed a bug with the wall stretch tool so it now allows for wall stretch or shrinks that are less than 3".
- Enabled spaced headers (2 ply or 3 ply) for windows, doors and garages by using the key word "FILL" in the header description.





*Note, that the header must by a 2 ply or 3 ply header to use a spacer as shown. Also the header description must include a string in this format "FILL_OSB_0.375" or "FILL_PLY_0.4375". The second term is either OSB or PLY which will determine the material to use as the spacer. The third term is the thickness of the spacer (ie. 0.25, 0.375, 0.4375, 0.5 etc...). In a metric template you can specify the spacer thickness in millimeters instead of inches.
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Mon Aug 23, 2021 8:40 am

Version 2.3.6 - 08.23.2021
- Enabled a trim option for wrapped free standing columns.



The trim combined with the cap or astragal can give even more variations.
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Sat Aug 28, 2021 7:49 am

Version 2.3.7 - 08.28.2021
- Added gable walls to the Medeek Estimator.
- Fixed a MacOS/Windows bug with the wall justification hotkey for all wall types.

I still need to add in Shed and Hip walls but it will go much quicker now that I have the gable walls as a template.
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Mon Aug 30, 2021 3:34 am

Version 2.3.8 - 08.29.2021
- Added shed and hip walls to the Medeek Estimator.
- Adjusted the auto-corner configuration algorithm to better predict terminal wall configurations when three walls come together at an inside or outside corner.

When multiple walls come together at a corner or junction it is arguably quite hard to predict the intent and desired configuration of the builder/designer/user.

I think what I have now addresses the immediate issue where a tee intersection was being created instead of a terminal connection, per the previous discussion.

I will need to continue to test this new algorithm further (put it through its paces) and also receive additional feedback from users. If you notice anything that appears unpredictable or counter-intuitive please feel free to email me so we can discuss.
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Tue Aug 31, 2021 11:16 am

Version 2.3.9 - 08.31.2021
- Added a window clearance (shim space) parameter within the Windows tab of the Globals Settings.



Previously the shim space or window clearance was hard coded in as 1/4" or 6.35mm. Now the user can customize this clearance between the rough opening framing and the window frame. If you do adjust this parameter you will probably also want to adjust the Window Trim Inset parameter so it matches, this way the window trim will butt up against the window frame tight.

This was a user requested update from New Zealand.
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Thu Sep 02, 2021 6:36 am

Version 2.4.0 - 09.01.2021
- Fixed a bug with spaced headers when applied to trapezoidal windows.



This bug fix only applies to window headers since there are no sloped headers for doors or garage doors. This fix applies to 2-ply and 3-ply spaced headers.
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Fri Sep 10, 2021 4:06 am

Version 2.4.1b - 09.09.2021
- Changed the wall justification hotkey/option from the "Tab" key to the "Alt" key (Option key) for rectangular, shed, gable and hip draw wall tools.
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Sat Sep 11, 2021 3:45 pm

I am pleased with the continual and steady progress made on the Wall plugin over the course of this summer. In light of this recent progress and in hopes of allowing more users access to the features of the plugins I will be immediately offering 10% off of the mdkBIM bundle price using the coupon code LABORDAY21. (Sept. 11, 2021 thru Sept. 30, 2021).

This will reduce the bundle price from $280.00 USD to $252.00 USD. This promo code is also valid when purchasing the Wall plugin separately as well as the Electrical plugin. The offer ends on Sept. 30th and no rain checks will issued thereafter.

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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Wed Sep 15, 2021 12:13 pm

Matt Donley did a great job on putting this video together. A concise but very informative presentation:

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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Wed Sep 15, 2021 1:09 pm

I've been giving the "wall sandwich" thing some serious thought the last couple of days and I think I can implement a workable system however it will drastically change the way I am currently doing things as well as break any sort of backwards compatibility with previous versions of the plugin and their models.

In the global settings I will probably have a select number of options you can choose from to build your custom wall sandwich (I will also have some standard ones pre-defined). Interior and Exterior walls will be different in that you cannot use wainscot and cladding with interior walls. Interior walls can be asymmetric with this new system so you can have different layers specified on each sides of the wall, unlike the current system which limits interior walls to symmetric configurations only.

Exterior Walls:

Ext. Side:

- Wainscot
- Cladding 1
- Cladding 2
- Airgap 1, 2, 3 etc...
- Sheathing 1
- Sheathing 2
- Insul 1

Int. Side:

- Gypsum 1
- Gypsum 2
- Gypsum 3
- Airgap 1,2, 3 etc...
- Sheathing 1
- Sheathing 2
- Insul 1

Interior Walls:

Ext. Side:

- Gypsum 1
- Gypsum 2
- Gypsum 3
- Airgap 1,2, 3 etc...
- Sheathing 1
- Sheathing 2
- Insul 1

Int. Side:

- Gypsum 1
- Gypsum 2
- Gypsum 3
- Airgap 1,2, 3 etc...
- Sheathing 1
- Sheathing 2
- Insul 1

The actual layering can be in any order except for wainscot which will always be the outermost layer on an ext. wall. I'm not sure that two layers of cladding are really needed for an ext. wall but I'm just throwing it out there for now and see what sticks.

As far as the framing/wall solid is concerned I only plan on having one layer for framing, if I were to change that up to a variable number of framing layers things would get very complicated with regards to corner configurations so it is best to not get too ambitious.

The items shown are all of the possible layers for each side of the wall in question, one could theoretically enable all of them or none of them, and the number of air gaps is probably not limited.

Am I missing anything? Thoughts?

Your feedback now is important, once I install/implement a new wall sandwich system it will be more difficult to fundamentally change it from the form it originally takes.
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Sun Sep 26, 2021 12:45 am

Version 2.4.2 - 09.25.2021
- Enabled a boolean union option for window and door trim.
- Added a "Union all Trim" parameter to the Door Trim Options within the global settings.
- Added a "Union all Trim" parameter to the Window Trim Options within the global settings.







For presentation purposes (ie. elevation views) some designers and architects would prefer to show the window and door trim without each board delineated.
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Mon Sep 27, 2021 3:21 pm

I had some requests for "header" trimmers lately:



Thoughts?
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Mon Sep 27, 2021 5:04 pm

Version 2.4.2b - 09.27.2021
- Enabled a boolean union option for garage door trim.
- Added a "Union all Trim" parameter to the Garage Door Trim Options within the global settings.



Somehow I failed to consider that this same feature might also be needed for garage doors on the first go around.
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Sun Oct 03, 2021 1:58 am

Version 2.4.3 - 10.02.2021
- Fixed a minor bug within the subtractive geometry module.
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Mon Oct 04, 2021 1:13 am

Tutorial 23 - Wall Corners (15:41 min.)

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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Tue Oct 05, 2021 3:35 am

Version 2.4.3b - 10.04.2021
- Fixed a bug with pocket doors.
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Sun Oct 10, 2021 7:12 am

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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Wed Oct 13, 2021 3:14 am

Version 2.4.4 - 10.12.2021
- Fixed a minor bug with trapezoid and pentagon windows when utilized with the "No Framing" mode.
- Enabled an option for "zero" start and end wall studs for all wall types.

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