Signal Flow and System Design in ConnectCAD – Webinar Tomorrow

ConnectCAD Webinar

ConnectCAD for Signal Flow and System Designs
11:00 BST – Thursday 6th August
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There’s still time to sign up for the ConnectCAD webinar tomorrow, where Vectorworks UK will demonstrate how ConnectCAD gives system designers the power to lay out signal flows in an easy-to-read format.

Attendees will learn how to generate effective and thorough documentation for installation technicians, as well as explore the features of ConnectCAD and Vectorworks Spotlight.

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Free Webinar: ConnectCAD for Signal Flow and System Designs

ConnectCAD Webinar

Join us with Vectorworks UK to see how ConnectCAD gives system designers the power to lay out signal flows in an easy-to-read format.

The webinar will explore what makes ConnectCAD and Vectorworks Spotlight a winning combination. Bi-directional worksheets that ensure you are always looking at the most up to date version, and easy to edit tools, are just some of the features that make delivering the final ‘as built’ documentation a pain free process.

11am BST
Thursday, 6th August 2020

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Discover how to generate schematic documents, quickly check the system for errors, create documentation with 2D diagrams and 3D renders and ensure effective communication with installation technicians.

Webinar Attendees Will:

  • Learn how to generate effective and thorough documentation for installation technicians
  • Explore features of ConnectCAD and Vectorworks Spotlight and how they work in synergy. 

Become a Certified Rhino Specialist

Rhino Certified

If you’re looking to become a certified Rhino specialist, McNeel offer certifications for experts and educators.

Certifications are a way to test knowledge and competency in both Rhino software and in 3D visualisation. Typically, proficiency with Rhino skills allow users to excel and develop more advanced skills, build a greater understanding of advanced concepts, and continue advancing in their knowledge of 3D visualisation.

The Certified User exams are online, computer-scored, randomised, limited time, open note, self-tests.

Why Certify?

  • Rhino certification is helpful to many employers
  • Certificates are available immediately upon passing
  • Users can add the certificate to a CV or portfolio as proof of Rhino expertise

Currently, there are two types of certification; Rhino Level 1 and Rhino Level 2, and they are both offered in English, French, Italian, German and Spanish.

If you’re looking to get Rhino certified, try the free practice test!

Full details available here.

Energy Modelling in the Early Design Phase Webinar Recording

Vectorworks Energy Modelling Webinar

If you missed our Energy Modelling in the Early Design Phase webinar, the recording is available to watch below now.

If you’re looking for some direction or inspiration for our Eco-Home competition, or just feel like improving your Vectorworks skills, be sure to watch to:

  • Discover the benefits of integrating energy performance evaluation into architectural design workflows.
  • Explore how a building’s form and shape affect its energy performance.
  • Learn how various shading percentages and different types of shading can guide your design decision based on expected building performance.
  • Evaluate energy performance changes based on building elements, boundary conditions, and U-values.

Free Webinar: Preparing Renderings in Artlantis from a Vectorworks Model

Artlantis Webinar

Preparing Renderings in Artlantis from a Vectorworks Model
Thursday, 25th June 2020
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM BST

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Join us on Thursday 25th June as Ildikó Szabo, Abvent Product Specialist, shows how Artlantis, Abvent’s stand-alone rendering application for architects and designers, can take a model produced in Vectorworks, and use it to produce stunning, photo-realistic renders.

Artlantis is the perfect software for Vectorworks users, allowing them to present their projects with 3D photorealistic renderings.

Learn about high resolution shaders, 3D objects and textures which give your presentations the look you want, and help you accomplish even the most ambitious projects.

Equipped with an intuitive interface and great tools, Artlantis 2020 boasts a number of new features elevating your architectural visualisations to new heights!

There will be time for Q&A at the end of the webinar, and a recording of the webinar will be available at a later date.

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Automotive Materials and Lighting in KeyShot

KeyShot Automotive Webinar

Advanced Automotive Material and Lighting in KeyShot
10:00 – 11:00 PDT (18:00 – 19:00 BST)
Thursday, May 28th 2020

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Register for this free webinar to learn all about how to make car paint, metal, and tyre materials really pop in your designs.

Guest presenter and CGI expert, Tim Feher from KeyShot Studios, will take you behind the scenes of the process to create incredible automotive visuals.

Product Drawings Made Easy with KeyShot

KeyShot Product Design Tips

Did you know that it’s easy to create technical illustrations and product line art directly within KeyShot? Dynamic product drawings and exploded views are quick and convenient to create by using the same model you used for production visuals. All you need is the Toon material.

Using the KeyShot Toon Material

Using just one 3D model, you can go from photo-realistic render, to technical line drawing or exploded an view for assembly instructions in just a few steps.

Apply The Toon Material

Select either your whole model, or just the part you want to work with, and apply the Toon material. There are 25 Toon presets already available in the KeyShot Material Library, or you can double-click your selection to view the Material Properties windows to select Toon from here.

If you’re using KeyShot Pro, you can change all parts to Toon by going to the Scene tab and expand the Model Set pane. Add a new Model Set keeping Link Materials unchecked. Back in the Material Library, drag and drop a Toon material on the top-level item to see all items in that group change to the Toon material. You’ll see results instantly, and can adjust contours by double-clicking the item with Toon applied.

Adjust the Toon Settings

You can add depth to your design by opening the material’s Advanced Settings and switching Environment Shadows on. These can be further adjusted under the Environment tab.

Increasing the transparency on selected components can help make different parts of the design stand out more than others. To achieve this, adjust the Transparency slider found under the Material properties.

You can also highlight selected parts by changing the base colour. Again, under the Material properties, click the Colour swatch to choose one you like.

Learn More About Toon

The tips above will help you produce great illustrations, but there are many more ways to customise Toon to really make your designs stand out. For the full guide, check out Toon in the KeyShot Manual.

If you would like to try KeyShot for yourself, why not request a Free KeyShot Trial?

Essential Guide to C# Scripting for Grasshopper

Grasshopper Scripting

If you’re a designer using Rhino, and you’re experienced in Grasshopper visual scripting, then take your skills to the next level by creating your own custom scripts using C#!

McNeel have created a free PDF file with Grasshopper examples which you can download here.

The guide does not assume you have any background in programming, so it’s suitable for all experience levels willing to learn. It includes a description of the C# component in Grasshopper, an overview of C# programming basics, and a detailed review of the RhinoCommon geometry. It also includes a few examples of design algorithms implemented using C# in Grasshopper.

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Upcoming Vectorworks Webinars

Vectorworks Webinars

Exclusive to Service Select members, Vectorworks run webinars all year round to make sure you’re getting the best from your investment. Take a look below for the upcoming sessions which you can register for now.

Want to join Service Select? Give us a call on 01206 804984 or email us on vectorworks@cadsoftwaredirect.com

Upcoming Webinars

Auto Hybrid

Join Vectorworks to learn how to create an object with both a 2D and a 3D presence. You will also learn how to change the top/plan representation with cut plane view.

14:30 GMT – 14th February 2020
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Clip Cube

Vectorworks will be showing you how to create live cross sections of your model using the Clip cube function, allowing you to work inside of your 3D model with ease.

14:30 GMT – 21st February 2020
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Tag and Report Your Objects

Join Vectorworks to learn about creating and applying tags to different objects and creating reports with your relevant information about them.

14:30 GMT – 28th February 2020
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Model a Barrel Roof

Want to make a roof, but can’t use the standard tools? Join Vectorworks as they go through how to model a barrel roof.

14:30 GMT – 6th March 2020
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Energos

Join Vectorworks to explore Energos, the intelligent energy analysis module built within Vectorworks. See how to incorporate energy performance insight into your architectural design workflows from early stages and use that to make informed design decisions.

14:30 GMT – 13th March 2020
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GIS

Learn about the new GIS features in Vectorworks 2020 to combine valuable GIS resources from ESRI, with traditional CAD data.

14:30 GMT – 20th March 2020
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Marionette

Learn the basics on this procedural scripting tool that helps you create your own complex commands.

14:30 GMT – 27th March 2020
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