Thursday, February 06, 2014

Amazing House in an Immersive Visit

Check out this house in an immersive visit. It's really incredible, click here to launch the visit.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

AutoCAD Lisp Command to Draw Windows

Although there are a number of ways to create architectural 3D CAD Models, AutoCAD still remains as a major modeling tool in my day to day work. The problem remains that AutoCAD does not contain the modeling capabilities of Revit Architecture. So I have spent a fair amount of my down time at my job developing tools to accelerating 3D modeling within (vanilla) AutoCAD. I thought I would share with you some of my experience, and develop some new commands that you can have fun with, and hopefully help you with some of your AutoCAD modeling projects.

Here is a command which will create a simple window based on selecting 2 points on an opening which has been created in the facade of building.

The UCS should be oriented parallel to the face of the building. Then you would select the lower left corner followed by the upper right corner. The window is then created automatically.

The window command creates 2 layers for the window frame and glass, and places those objects on those layers automatically. In the above illustration, I've recessed the objects by moving them after the fact to improve the illustration.

You can download the Lisp routine here

Or use the following URL:

Have a good one, cheers

Sunday, January 05, 2014

Wall Unit Revit Family

I thought I would share another one of the Revit families I created in the past. This one was created to solve the problem of a flexible wall unit which could accept various sized flat screen televisions. In addition, more flexibility was designed into the unit as well. Let me know how you like it.

You can download it here.

Alternatively, here is the URL:

Have fun and let me know how you like it, cheers.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Shutter Revit Family

Here is one of the first Revit families I ever created. Pretty simple but I think it's useful none the less. Here are a couple of images of the family.

Here is the link where you can download the file:

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Temporary Material Library

 Just noticing this for the first time today. I hope it's something new in 3ds Max 2014, and not just something I have just not noticed for a few releases. A Temporary Material Library. Saving a material from a Sample Slot for example keeps that material in the Material Editor from one scene to another. It makes it easy to transfer a material from one scene to another. Whoot Whoot..! Hmmm.. yeah just checking quickly, it's in 3ds Max 2013 also...Arg..!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

New Lisp routine for Soffits

This week I had some free time at work and created a soffit AutoLisp routine. After Selecting the Facia, and indicating the 3 points of the facia slope, it prompts for the depth of the soffit. The rest is Automatique..!

Friday, August 10, 2012

AutoCAD Selection Trick

We still do most of our modeling in AutoCAD at work, and I had a few people ask a question about selecting objects. IE. how to force AutoCAD to select by crossing or window regardless of the direction of the selection. So.....

When you are in a command which requires selection, example ERASE, you will see a "Select Objects:" prompt. Normally you can either select an object directly, click left to right for a "Window" selection (Blue box) or right to left for a "Crossing" selection (Green box).

In order to force a Window selection regardless of the direction of the points you pick, or if there is an object under the first select point, simply type "W" and press enter at the "Select Objects:" prompt. You can then pick your 2 window points as normal. Same goes for Crossing selection, type "C" at the same prompt.

Now if you really want to have fun use the "CP" or "WP" options for crossing polygon and window polygon respectively.