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Re: Development and Updates for the Medeek Wall Plugin
« Reply #765 on: January 26, 2021, 08:59:23 am »
Version 1.8.2 - 01.26.2021
- Enabled a second layer of sheathing for exterior rectangular walls.
- Added four additional parameters to the Sheathing tab of the Global Settings.

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Upgrading from all previous versions of the wall plugin to this version (1.8.2) will require that all rectangular wall presets be deleted and recreated.  Please do not upgrade to this latest version until you understand the implications of this upgrade.  Also note that the 2nd layer of sheathing has not been implemented for gable, shed or hip wall types, only for rectangular walls.
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Re: Development and Updates for the Medeek Wall Plugin
« Reply #766 on: January 26, 2021, 11:45:22 am »
As I was wrapping things up today with the new release (Version 1.8.2) I got yet another email requesting steel studs be incorporated into the plugin.

With a bit of clever manipulations of some basic materials applied to certain faces you can create a fairly realistic looking steel stud (also one face is hidden):



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https://3dwarehouse.sketchup.com/model/967d7267-f6c3-4838-974b-85070e19629f/Steel-Studs-Study-1

The problem I see with this is that the stud lengths are really not the correct lengths that the steel studs would be.  The other major issue is that the around openings the configuration of steel studs with steel headers is a bit more complex than a standard wood framed wall.

So barring major changes to the code the best I can probably do right now is a "cosmetic" steel framed wall.  To do this properly would require entirely new algorithms for bottom and top channels, steel headers and the proper configuration of the king stud to header connections.
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Re: Development and Updates for the Medeek Wall Plugin
« Reply #767 on: January 27, 2021, 01:00:09 pm »
Version 1.8.2b - 01.27.2021
- Enabled a second layer of sheathing for exterior gable walls.



I only have the hip and shed walls left to update.

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Installing this update will require that you delete and recreate any GABLE wall presets that you have previously configured.  This update will not affect any rectangular, shed or hip wall presets.
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Re: Development and Updates for the Medeek Wall Plugin
« Reply #768 on: January 28, 2021, 08:28:38 am »
Version 1.8.2c - 01.28.2021
- Enabled a second layer of sheathing for exterior shed and hip walls.



!!! CAUTION !!!
Installing this update will require that you delete and recreate any HIP or SHED wall presets that you have previously configured.  This update will not affect any rectangular or gable wall presets.
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Re: Development and Updates for the Medeek Wall Plugin
« Reply #769 on: January 28, 2021, 11:38:39 pm »
This completes all of the upgrades necessary to enable the 2nd sheathing layer for all wall types. A tedious but necessary process, over 30 files where updated in the code but only four actual parameters added to the wall types.

Some minor cosmetic updates to the draw and edit menus of all the wall types. Hopefully the advanced options section is a bit easier on the eyes now and a bit more organized. All of these parameters can get a bit overwhelming at times even for myself, however each one is necessary so we can’t just wash our hands of them.

I may take a bit of a break today from the code but at the same time I’m chomping at the bit to at least get some sort of “Wall Dropper” tool up and running since I don’t think it would be that hard to implement and I do think it would be very useful.
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Re: Development and Updates for the Medeek Wall Plugin
« Reply #770 on: January 30, 2021, 04:33:47 pm »
Version 1.8.3 - 01.31.2021
- Added pocket doors to the door module.





The pocket door algorithm is based on the 1500 series Johnson Hardware Pocket Door Frames:

https://johnsonhardware.com/pocket-door-hardware

I am not modeling all of the details of the door assembly such as the steel studs or the track and jamb brackets, however I am modeling the prefabricated (wood) frame header assembly.

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https://3dwarehouse.sketchup.com/model/52164162-2e89-42ba-a47d-9c53608d5bf0/Pocket-Door-1
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Re: Development and Updates for the Medeek Wall Plugin
« Reply #771 on: January 31, 2021, 05:17:20 pm »
First look at a 4 Panel Bifold (closet) Door:



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https://3dwarehouse.sketchup.com/model/d9a30380-0ebb-4024-803c-ac4ede7ebd5d/Bifold-Closet-Doors

I still need to come up with the 2D symbol at the base of the door and even a more interesting problem is the opening algorithm for this door type.

The two outer panels are simple, they are merely a rotation just like a standard swing door.  The inner panels on the other hand not only rotate but they also translate in relation to the outer panels since a hinge constrains them at that point.  I like these kinds of "hard" problems.
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Re: Development and Updates for the Medeek Wall Plugin
« Reply #772 on: February 01, 2021, 10:33:32 am »
First look at a 4 panel bifold door being opened and closed:

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Re: Development and Updates for the Medeek Wall Plugin
« Reply #773 on: February 01, 2021, 03:51:00 pm »
Version 1.8.4 - 02.02.2021
- Added bifold (4 panel - solid) doors to the door module.



You can also add a threshold if used as an exterior door however I don't have a lot of options yet for exterior applications (ie. full glass).  For now these are primarily for closet doors.

You can also switch which side the doors face by choosing LH INT or LH EXT.  For the four panel bifold it doesn't matter whether you choose LH or RH, it essentially ignores the handedness of the parameter.

I still need to add in the 2 panel variant and then I think we will have most of the basics covered as far as doors are concerned, at least for now.  Really exotic stuff will be up to the user to add into a framed opening (which I can provide).

The door opening algorithm was a bit more challenging than everything encountered thus far but after a couple of hours tinkering it finally came together.
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Re: Development and Updates for the Medeek Wall Plugin
« Reply #774 on: February 03, 2021, 09:34:38 am »
Version 1.8.4b - 02.03.2021
- Added bifold (2 panel - solid) doors to the door module.



There are four possibilities for a 2 panel bifold door:

LH OUT, LH IN, RH OUT, RH IN

Whereas there is only two possibilities for a 4 panel bifold door:  OUT or IN
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Re: Development and Updates for the Medeek Wall Plugin
« Reply #775 on: February 04, 2021, 09:43:57 am »
I think I'm going to the call the "eyedropper" tool the "Copy Wall" tool.  One additional icon will be added to the "Medeek Wall Tools" toolbar:



I know, I will hear it from everyone about the proliferation of more icons.  However, there is an extension out there that allows you to customize the actual toolbars if you feel the need to:

https://extensions.sketchup.com/extension/e413511f-0517-4115-8d81-90039a20a72c/toolbar-editor
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Re: Development and Updates for the Medeek Wall Plugin
« Reply #776 on: February 07, 2021, 11:43:12 am »
Version 1.8.5 - 02.07.2021
- Enabled the "Wall Copy" tool within the Medeek Wall Tools toolbar.



Note I've only enabled this tool for rectangular walls.  After I am fully confident that it is working well and I've addressed any bugs or issues I will set it up for all the other (gable,shed and hip) wall types.

Please try out this new tool and provide any feedback or comments directly to nathan@medeek.com
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Re: Development and Updates for the Medeek Wall Plugin
« Reply #777 on: February 08, 2021, 05:21:50 am »
I think the new Copy Wall tool will prove to be quite useful.  As I am thinking about it this morning I realized that a similar tool for Doors and Windows would also be quite useful. 
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Re: Development and Updates for the Medeek Wall Plugin
« Reply #778 on: February 08, 2021, 09:01:39 am »
Version 1.8.5b - 02.08.2021
- Fixed a bug with the top plate cut out algorithm when walls meet in a "cross" configuration.



Each wall teeing into the primary wall has had its corner offset set to 1/2 the thickness of the primary wall.
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Re: Development and Updates for the Medeek Wall Plugin
« Reply #779 on: February 11, 2021, 04:03:17 am »
Version 1.8.6 - 02.11.2021
- Added the following Simpson Strong-Tie hangers to the beam hanger library: LUS26-2Z, LUS28-2Z, LUS210-2Z.
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