A plugin to create parametric arches, by Paolo Marcuccetti ©2022
Arches Plugin for Vectorworks®
With this plugin you can create parametric arches choosing from 33 types.
This plugin creates a a parametric opening (in a wall) where you can choose the kind of vault (arch) from many available types
Simply select the plugin icon from the tool's panel you have put it (see installation notes) and place your initial Arch on your drawing (usually in a wall).
Note: you can control wall insertion in the usual way, setting Z value and wall offset (+/-).
The Arch 2D representation will reflect the offset value and in 3D views you will see the elevation from the ground (Z=0).
When the opening is a "window" (Z>0), you can check the Close Base parameter ON in order to create a sill when the opening is adorned with bricks or trims (see Customising the aspect, here below).
32 types of arches are possible, see interactive representations here below.
You can choose the type directly from the popup menu in the OIP, taht is, as you can see, very crowded.
To facilitate this task, click on the "instruction" button, in the OIP.
The following dialog appears
The main image shows the parameters used for the selected type
Below, you have the pop up menu with all the types and, at left, an icon popup where to choose visually the type,
Of course, the main figure changes accordingly with the selected arch.
Once you are ready, click OK and complete the fields to shape the arch.
Note: it may happen that changing between types, or even setting certain values, you could get a geometrically impossible arch. The program is able to catch any incongruent value, send a warning and, at the same time, set the appropriate values for the arch type.
Each type has controls for height, width and depth (if not in a wall) plus other parameters (L0, H0, R) that are activated when needed to control that particular type.
Note: both Bricks and Trims styles add solid objects to the opening, so you can choose a class or a material (whose controls are enabled when you select a style) to control the decoration attributes.
Unpacking the downloaded zip file, you'll get a folder named Arches 20YY, where [20YY] is the Vectorworks® version.
A limited version of the plugin is available for download.
In this version width and height settings are disabled, so the Arches openings are limited to preset values.
All other features are there for you to experiment all the possibilities.
To unlock these parameters, just buy the plugin (with licence) from Gumroad®, see below.
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