Tutorial for Vectorworks Architect

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Tutorial for Vectorworks Architect
Vectorworks Architect uses 3D design technology in archictectural projects. (house blueprint and house model studio isolated image by dinostock from Fotolia.com)

Vectorworks Architect is a prominent computer-aided design (CAD) software used for high-level architectural drafting and technical drawing. It adds building information modelling capabilities, making it a powerful design tool. Although Vectorworks is a complex program, it is not very difficult to learn, particularly if you have experience with other CAD-based programs.

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  • Computer
  • Vectorworks Architect software

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    Activate the workspace. From the "Windows Start Menu," select "Programs" and click on "Vectorworks." From the Vectorworks menu, select "Tools," then "Workspaces," and "Architect."

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    Open the starting file. The starting file is already set up to create a two-story structure. From the "File" menu, choose "Open" and open the "Data Set" folder in the "Open Vectorworks Drawing" dialogue box. Open the "Data Set" folder and open the "GS-VWAx01.vwx" file. The page boundary will then be displayed, ready for laying out the first-floor area.

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    Save the project regularly so that you do not lose any work. From the "File" menu, select "Save As," and save it under the name "House.vwx."

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    Draw the exterior walls. Select the 6.5" [165.1mm] "Generic Ext" from the tool bar "Wall Style" drop-down list. Draw four walls in clockwise order using the angle snaps and Smart Point to control the length and keep the walls square. Then click "2D Selection" from the "Basic" tools palette and make sure the "Enable Connected Walls Mode" option is enabled in the "Tool bar." Drag two of the walls to check the connections. Draw the L-shaped exterior walls for the perimeter. Press the "9" key for the "Wall" tool shortcut and use the same technique to draw six connected walls.

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    Draw the interior walls. Select the 4.5" [114.3mm] "Generic Int" wall style from the "Wall" tool. Move the cursor over the left vertical wall and click the wall near the bottom. Hold the "Shift" key and click to the bottom right of the model and snap to the existing interior wall. Use the "Shift" key to draw two vertical wall segments and another L-shape series with a corner connection.

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    Draw the second-floor walls. Press "Control 6" to display the entire floor plan. Release and then hold the "Shift" key and press the "X" key to select the 10 walls shown. Press "Control C" to copy the 10 walls and paste the walls. Select "Saved Views" in the "Navigation" palette to activate it and paste the walls to the same coordinates on the second floor.

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    Join the walls. Use the "Wall Join" tool to clean up wall intersections and corners by clicking "Wall Join" and then "L Join Mode" in the "Tool" bar. Click the wall segments where the walls meet.

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