VisualARQ 2.0 – Sneak Preview

Subtract a Solid from a Stair

Create a Beam Style from a Grasshopper Definition

In this video you can see a preview of one of the main enhancements of the upcoming VisualARQ 2.0: the option to create VisualARQ object styles from Grasshopper definitions.

This new feature will let the user generate new VisualARQ object styles by loading Grasshopper definitions created by other users. The Grasshopper components that define geometry will turn into components of the new VisualARQ object styles and the Grasshopper numeric values will turn into the parameters to edit these new VisualARQ objects in the model.

This process will be done through VisualARQ dialogs, so there will be no need to know Grasshopper. Grasshopper users will be able to generate definitions for new parametric objects and users who don’t know Grasshopper will just need to load these Grasshopper definitions into the VisualARQ styles dialog and insert and edit them in the model as any other VisualARQ object.

There will be no limits of design and level of detail for the new VisualARQ objects, since these limits will be determined by the user definition.

In addition, a single Grasshopper definition will be used to have multiple editable objects in the model, with different parameters.

New Roof Features

VisualARQ 2.0 will come with plenty of enhancements regarding the Roof command. In this video you can see some of these new features:

New insert dialog
The roof object will have an insert dialog, like the rest of VisualARQ objects, from which you will be able to choose some insert parameters such as the roof type (hip, gable or shed), the cut edge type, or the slope angle.

Inserting it will be easy like drawing a rectangle (or like inserting slabs), including the option to pick 3 points from the command line. The roof ridge will be automatically aligned with the longest side.

The option to create roofs from boundary curves will be still available.

Multilayer roof styles
Roofs will be composed of slabs. This means that the roof styles will take one of the existing slab styles in the document and therefore they will be multilayer. It will be possible to create new roof styles by editing an existing slab style or creating new slab styles from a shortcut button.

Roof intersections
When two roofs touch each other, the intersection between them will be automatically calculated. This interoperability will provide many new roof combinations and new designs that could not be done before.

Roofs from surfaces
Finally, it will be possible to create roofs from surfaces, no matter how complex they are. This operation will apply an offset to that surface according to the roof style thickness and will convert the resulting object into a roof.

New Beam Features