postandbeam

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  1. Hello, I recently upgraded to X11 (newest update applied). I drew some CAD lines and used the manual dimension tool for some line spacing. When I delete the dimension line, it deletes the cad lines it is measuring. Is this a new behavior (need to un-associate the dimensions to the CAD somehow?), or is it a bug? Chief Talk Question.plan
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    Delete Dimension is Deleting CAD lines

    @Renerabbitt- Thanks for fixing it, is there any way you could explain what you did? The file I uploaded was a "dumbed down" version of my drawing and would like to fix it in my core drawing. Thanks!
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    Basic Cabinet Question

    I stupidly didn't think to look in defaults, I was searching all around the individual cabinet dbx. Thanks!
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    Basic Cabinet Question

    I have some base cabinets that I want to space about 2" apart without filling the space between. Is there a way to make it so they don't stretch to meet the adjacent base cabinet? They seem to automatically stretch to meet at between 2 and 4 inches depending on how you move them (see image). Thanks, -Huckle X9
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    Roof Framing Not Building

    I have a plan that won't build the roof framing. I've made sure the layers are turned on so I can see the framing. Is there some basic thing that has to be done besides checking off "Build Roof Framing" in the Build Roof dialog box under the Structure tab? Thanks.
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    Roof Sofit Location

    My roof soffits are "floating" below my facia by a few inches (flat soffit, plumb cut rafters). I have a steep roof pitch with tall rafters, and it appears that the soffit is automatically placed under the theoretical point of the bottom of a plumb cut rafter. I would like the soffit to be higher up (in the field, I would trim the point (bottom triangle) off the rafter so that the facia isn't very tall. Is there a way to do that in Chief X9? There is an attached image of my Chief generated section and a 3D view of how the soffit currently shows. Thanks
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    Roof Sofit Location

    THANK YOU!!!! I learned a number of things: Signature line is important :-) Posting plans makes it easier (even if I'm embarrassed about my hack plans) Setting a material to be a Framing Material- fixed both my problems.
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    Roof Framing Not Building

    THANK YOU!!!! I learned a number of things: Signature line is important :-) Posting plans makes it easier (even if I'm embarrassed about my hack plans) Setting a material to be a Framing Material- fixed both my problems. Still need to learn forum etiquette. What does the green up/down arrow by posts mean, and the "heart" icon. I want to mark some of the answers as helpful and that they are solutions...
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    Roof Sofit Location

    Wow, not sure I understand the "Why?" justmejerry's note to change the material of my rafters from my own "Fir" material to built-in "Fir Framing" now allows me to "Trim Soffit To Framing" and the roof framing now builds (I posted a separate question about not being able to get framing to build." Why would a material choice change those things? Alaskan_Son- I can't get your video to play, but am working on it. Can't thank you all enough for the help...
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    Roof Sofit Location

    The plan is attached here. The option to "Trim Framing To Soffits" is greyed out, and I can't figure out how to enable it. Test Plan For Beam Roof System.plan
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    Roof Framing Not Building

    I attached the plan. A few notes that might make it "weird" and may be the source of my problem. I'm trying to make a timber roof system. There would be no ceiling surface, just exposed rafters with 2x6 decking above, then foam, then plywood. For areas with no surface, such as the ceiling, I set the material to "No Material- Opening." Test Plan For Beam Roof System.plan
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    Roof Sofit Location

    I responded before seeing Chopsaw's note. The option to "Trim Framing To Soffits" is greyed out. I poked around trying to see if I could make other selections that would enable the checkbox, but haven't been successful, any recommendations of what to try? (image of my DBX attached)
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    Roof Sofit Location

    Unfortunately, that doesn't move the soffit, it just moves the facia... I attached the result:
  14. I try to update computers for our designers every 3 to 5 years. We like to try to stay within the $2,500 to $3,000 price range, which has historically meant a pretty good gaming system. For example, the last system I bought was in 2013 and was an Alienware and was around $3,250: Aurora-R4 with i7-3930K (6 core, 12 MB Cache, 3.9 Ghz), 16GB DDR3 memory, Dual 2GB GTX680 cards, and an SSD drive. That computer still seems to be performing very well for us. I have a new employee and need a new computer. It seems that the options for processors available since 2013 have expanded significantly, and the top of the line is leaps and bounds above the past top-end processors in both money and performance. It looks like you could have a spread of about $1,500 between a decent cpu and the newest 18-core i9. Graphics cards seem to continually improve, but the price and performance increase is not as much of a leap as with the CPUs. I can look at numbers and tests of speeds, but it doesn't account for how a computer is actually used. For example, if all you used a machine for was ray-tracing, that would need a different spec and budget than someone who does basic floor plans and elevations with a few 3D views. Our balance is floor plans and elevations with a good number of 3D views while working, but very few ray-traces. When we need to do some ray-traces, we usually run them overnight which is not an issue with our specific workflow So.... is a $2,500 to $3,000 budget still enough to get a good machine for what we use it for, or do we really need to step up to the $5,000 range with an 18 core processor and dual top-end graphics cards? Also, how much of a real-world benefit are people seeing from dual graphics cards, is it worth the upgrade? Finally, any feedback recently bought machines that seem to be working well would be helpful. In past threads, I see that the Alienware has continued to be pretty good for a pre-configured big company system. I poked around HP and was surprised that I was able to build a system that seemed to be possibly better than the Alienware in the same $2,800 price range with an 8th gen i7-8700, 32GB memory, 512 GB SD, and a single GTX1080Ti (dual 1080 8G adds $350).(http://store.hp.com/us/en/ConfigureView?orderItemId=101210522&catEntryId=3074457345618585320&catalogId=10051&langId=-1&contractId=10003&storeId=10151&fromURL=AjaxOrderItemDisplayView&ctoCacheInvalidationCnt=0.07958294288914436&selectedRecommConfig=). I haven't ever gone with a company that does custom builds as many people on this thread seem to do. I would consider more if it was just one machine for myself, but when I might need to buy 2 or 3 machines and deal with potential warranty issues I feel like I should stay with a larger company. Am I off on that assumption? Sorry for the long post on a question that gets asked often, but I've read the past threads and was hoping to get an update. Thanks!
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    New Computer- the perennial questions

    Thanks. I also really appreciate the mention of SLI not being used by Chief. Can you remind me if the basic renderings (non-raytrace) use the graphics card or the CPU? I saw Viki's post but a lot of it was in regard to the decision of upgrading or new and she would be re-using current graphics card. Regardless I re-read it and did get some good points out of it. Thanks again.
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    New Computer- the perennial questions

    Thanks and agreed, we always do the trickle down computer switches. Once the last computer gets too old/slow for Design/Engineering, we move it to sales and admin as they are much less cpu/graphics intensive users.
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    Recommended Computer requirements

    A number of newer laptops now have a Thunderbolt 3 port (the crazy fast port that can often be used as a single cable docking solution). There now seems to be a resurgence of external graphics card solutions using the Thunderbolt 3 port. From those enclosures, you can run multiple monitors along with the mouse, keyboard, networks cable, power, external drives, etc. (so a docking station as well). There is a roughly 10% performance hit from having the GPU (graphics card) being remote from the motherboard. They aren't all that cheap right now, but more competition is resulting in price drops and options. You may also realize savings in your laptop purchase if this solution works for you as the laptop GPU is no longer important for your everyday work. In general, a GPU in a laptop adds a lot of cost, weight, and is power hungry (huge power brick). They are also more expensive to replace than the desktop versions. I am not a major power user anymore (work on other parts of the business), so I bought a "travel" laptop with the best CPU I could get, an SSD, a Thunderbolt 3 port, and just the integrated GPU (part of the CPU), NOT a discrete graphics card (the kind you typically find in a gaming laptop). This makes a lightweight, not crazy expensive, reasonably powerful laptop with a really small power brick that shows X9 models in 3D fairly well (serviceable) and works for a remote client meeting but wouldn't want it to be my daily work machine. But.... with the enclosure, I'm hoping it will greatly improve my daily GPU intensive tasks (mostly Chief X9). This won't fit everyone's needs, but it is now an option that is just more recently available due to Thunderbolt 3 ports. For more information, do a Web search for "external graphics card enclosure thunderbolt 3" or similar. As with anything, there are good and bad sides of going this route. Add it to the list of additional things to consider when purchasing a new laptop.