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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Sun Oct 21, 2018 11:42 pm

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.

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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Mon Oct 22, 2018 5:35 am

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.
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Tue Oct 23, 2018 4:43 pm

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.
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Tue Oct 23, 2018 9:11 pm

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?
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Wed Oct 24, 2018 3:11 am

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.
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Wed Oct 24, 2018 8:14 pm

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.
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Thu Oct 25, 2018 1:09 am

Medeek Wall Plugin Tutorial 5: Multi-Story Construction



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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Thu Oct 25, 2018 10:25 pm

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.
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Thu Oct 25, 2018 11:44 pm

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/wall ... gelog.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.
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Fri Oct 26, 2018 10:25 pm

*** UPGRADE WARNING ***

One thing that has come to my attention is that when upgrading to the latest version of the plugin (0.9.8h) and you are upgrading from a previous version that did not have the new dimension layers (dim2 and dim3) added, you may encounter this error:

Code: Select all
Error: #<TypeError: no implicit conversion from nil to integer>
c:/users/dscott/appdata/roaming/sketchup/sketchup 2018/sketchup/plugins/medeek_wall_ext/medeek_wall_globals.rbs:1445:in `[]'


The quick fix for this error is to reinitialize the layers by clicking on the global settings and then navigating to the Layers tab. This alone will reinitialize any missing or newly added layers.

In the next version I will add some additional code that checks for this type of situation, so that it is no longer an potential issue in future releases.
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Sun Oct 28, 2018 12:14 am

The next release of the plugin will have an arrow as shown to the right of the tabs in the global settings which will take the user to the next set of tabs:



Currently there are nine new tabs planned, most of which will have an under construction sign until I fully flesh them out:



The Updates tab will display the current changlog which is paralleled on the website as well.



Clicking the left arrow will return the user back to the first set of tabs.

If required an additional right arrow can be added to the second set of tabs taking the user to the third set of tabs.

In total there are 12 tabs in the first set and 9 tabs in the second set, for a total of 21 tabs in the global settings.
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Mon Oct 29, 2018 8:02 am

Version 0.9.8i - 10.28.2018
- The following tabs added to the global settings: Garage Doors, Beams, Columns, Stairs, SSW, Shearwalls, Estimating, Engineering and Updates.
- Enabled custom materials for gypsum in the HTML wall draw and edit menus.
- Felt + OSB material added to the pre-installed plugin materials.



Felt + OSB is similar to Tyvek + OSB where the outer face of the OSB has the felt material applied.

The felt material application depicts a typical 36" roll with 2" of overlap.

The change to the way I'm handling the gypsum material is a significant upgrade and allows for usage of custom materials from the material library within the global settings.
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby facer » Mon Oct 29, 2018 2:44 pm

OSB stands for oriented strand board.

The most common uses are as sheathing in walls, flooring, and roof decking

OSB is a material with favorable mechanical properties that make it particularly suitable for load-bearing applications in construction. It is now more popular than plywood, commanding 66% of the structural panel market. The most common uses are as sheathing in walls, flooring, and roof decking


Oriented strand board (OSB), also known as flakeboard, sterling board and aspenite in British English, is a type of engineered wood similar to particle board, formed by adding adhesives and then compressing layers of wood strands (flakes) in specific orientations.
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Mon Oct 29, 2018 2:54 pm

In a high moisture climate (like on the beach here in Western Washington) I would recommend staying with plywood, but most new construction for walls is 7/16 OSB anymore.
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Tue Oct 30, 2018 6:12 am

The current Wall Plugin ToDo list as of 10/29/2018:

1.) Gable Walls (Standard and Shed) [in progress]
2.) Stair Module (straight run then landings and complex shapes) [in progress]
3.) Estimating [in progress]
4.) Adv. Gypsum (multi-layer gypsum both sides of int. walls)
5.) Custom width of king and trimmer studs for doors, windows and garage doors.
6.) Transom windows above doors (rectangle and arch)
7.) Additional door types (bifold, sliding glass, pocket doors)
8.) Join/Split Wall Tools
9.) Wall Stretch Tool
10.) Wall Grouping
11.) Wall Dropper
12.) Engineering
13.) Levels/Stories Manager
14.) Interior painting of gypsum
15.) Wall justification in draw wall tool.
16.) Gypsum backer studs at tee intersections
17.) Interior Trim (crown molding, baseboard, chair rails, wainscoting)
18.) Global Settings (8 new tabs) [in progress]
19.) Shear Wall Module

Some of these are extremely high priority and some of these are much lower on the list.
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Tue Oct 30, 2018 5:40 pm

Version 0.9.8j - 10.30.2018
- Advanced layers (headers, kings and trimmers) enabled for door, window and garage door framing.

Somehow along the way I setup advanced layers for the framing however they did not get fully implemented until now.
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Tue Oct 30, 2018 9:44 pm

With balloon framed gable walls one often sees a lot of trapezoidal picture windows used in these walls:



I need a little more guidance on the most typical way these openings are framed out. If a header is installed it would have to be inclined and would follow the pitch of the roof.

Any framing details or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Wed Oct 31, 2018 2:04 am

Version 0.9.9 - 10.30.2018
- Enabled custom window header and trimmer widths within draw and edit menus.
- Added king and trimmer width parameters to Windows tab of global settings.
- Fixed a bug with insulation positioned above windows where trimmer quantity is greater than one.



This addition was per customer request. I will probably add the same two additional parameters for doors and garage doors in the very near future.
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Wed Oct 31, 2018 2:50 am

On a somewhat related note to the last post I'm looking at various photos of typical residential framing and I've noticed that many framers will include a plate below or above the header or both:



Any thoughts on this?

Do I need to add this in as another option?
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Wed Oct 31, 2018 5:30 am

Sounds like I need to provide the option for a header top plate and header bottom plate, (not sure what the exact terminology for these plates should be).
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby facer » Wed Oct 31, 2018 1:34 pm

Adding a top and bottom plate may be done when the beam is not available.
Although redundant it would allow the framer to allow for beams that are not on site
at the time the frame is being constructed.
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Wed Oct 31, 2018 3:47 pm

I can use either one parameter with four possible options or two parameters with two options each:

Built-up Header: NO|TOP|BTM|BOTH

or

Header Top Plate: YES|NO
Header Btm Plate: YES|NO

Which would you prefer?
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Thu Nov 01, 2018 12:04 am

I'm trying to simulate a G-rib metal wall panel here (clay and stone color):



The problem of course is that the shadow will be cast a certain direction on the original texture/image but when you render it out the light source may be the opposing direction which will make things look a bit off.

Modeling the actual texture/profile of the panel is not a good idea either since it would make the model very heavy.

Thoughts?

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https://3dwarehouse.sketchup.com/model/ ... all-Panels

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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Thu Nov 01, 2018 7:43 am

Version 0.9.9b - 10.31.2018
- Enabled built-up headers within the window draw and edit menus: None, Top, Bottom or Both.
- Added the built-up header parameter to the Windows tab of the global settings.



The window to the left is a good example for where the top plate is not needed, just the bottom plate. as the header butts up directly against the top plate of the wall.

The window to the right is set lower in the wall and requires both top and bottom plate as shown.

The built-up header parameter allows four options: None, Top, Bottom or both. The default behavior can also be set in the global settings.

As with the custom widths on the trimmers and kings I am test bedding this with the windows first, once everyone has had a chance to work this through a bit I will roll it out for doors and garage doors.
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Fri Nov 02, 2018 12:43 am

This is an example of metal roof and wall cladding (utilizing the Material Manager in both the Truss and Wall plugins):







View model here:

https://3dwarehouse.sketchup.com/model/ ... iding-Test

The model was created with all three plugins. The only manual edit was moving the person outside of the structure and re-positioning of two anchor bolts that landed in the middle of the garage door. The entire model except for the foundation (slab-on-grade) is fully parametric, moving openings or changing the roof pitch is a couple clicks of the mouse. Model creation time was about 10 minutes.

As far as speed of modeling goes I think this is starting to close in on other design packages like Revit and Chief Architect. Once I add the estimating and then the engineering it will even exceed their capabilities.
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Sat Nov 03, 2018 11:06 pm

Tutorial 6 - Custom Material Library:

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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Tue Nov 06, 2018 2:08 am

A whole different area I really haven't explored yet is fixtures (and furniture).

Technically this is a very broad topic and could really use an entirely different plugin to do it justice.

However, I will add in a toolbar called "Fixtures" which will allow the user to select from a matrix of options (Bath, Bedroom, Kitchen etc...) and then to select from some standard layouts.

For bathrooms the layout below (Layout A) is very typical in the US for many mid-range homes:



An 8'x5' bathroom with a sink, toilet and tub.

The idea being that the user can quickly generate any standard layout from a library of components. I will probably include a few default (low poly) components however it will be up to the user to drop their own preferred components into the plugin sub-folders if they want to be able to select from them in the drop down menus.

I don't want to include a large number of high poly count components in the plugin because is will make the .rbz file too large and cumbersome. Besides there are vast libraries of manufacturer components available in the 3D warehouse.

The cool thing about integrating this within the plugin suite is that it will then be possible to obtain counts for estimating purposes on many of these fixtures and assign prices etc...

The Edit menu will allow the user to swap out any of the components and also custom position them as required.

For this particular bathroom layout (and most layouts in general) there is a left and right hand orientation. The user will be able to select the orientation in the draw and/or edit menu. The first mouse click will establish the insertion point the second click will establish the rotation. Clicking the shift key will toggle orientation (left or right).

Some fixtures such as the bath tub shown come in a left and right version. It will be up to the user to upload both versions for use however I will include an additional parameter (rotation: 0 or 180) so that orientation can be controlled.



With this new module I will start with bathrooms first and then branch into other rooms as the need arises.
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby juju » Tue Nov 06, 2018 9:28 am

I think the fixtures should rather be a separate extension.
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Thu Nov 08, 2018 1:11 am

Version 0.9.9d - 11.07.2018
- Added a material parameter for ext. wainscot ledges.
- Added toolbar icons for "Fixtures" module.





This extra parameter was added per customer request.

This will allow the designer to setup a texture/material for rowlock brick.

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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Thu Nov 08, 2018 8:38 pm

Version 0.9.9e - 11.08.2018
- Removed all advertising banners from the global settings.
- Fixed a bug (metric) for window and door grilles in the global settings.

Note that this is a critical fix for Windows 10 and Mac users. The intermittent response times of the google ads was causing issues for the HTML menu pages of the global settings so I decided to completely remove all advertisements.
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