Medeek Wall (BETA)
The Medeek Wall Plugin is a SketchUp Plugin that provides a simple interface for creating accurate 3D wall framing geometry within SketchUp.
Medeek Wall (BETA)

Introduction

Welcome to the documentation for the Medeek Wall Plugin. The Medeek Wall Plugin is a SketchUp Plugin that provides a simple interface for creating accurate 3D wall framing geometry within SketchUp. This plugin utilizes the SketchUp Ruby API programming interface and is compatible with the latest SketchUp releases (SketchUp Make 2017 64-bit and SketchUp Pro 2018 64-bit) as well as previous versions (2015, 2016, 2017).

What Can You Do with the Medeek Wall Plugin

Currently, the plugin allows the creation of the following wall types or panels (Metric and US/Imperial):

  • Rectangle (Ext-Int) [with exterior trim, exterior wainscoting, blocking, holdowns, and insulation options]
  • Rectangle (Int-Int) [with interior gypsum, blocking, holdowns, and insulation options]
  • Gable and Shed [currently under development]

Door types (Rectangle):

  • Solid [with trim, casing and hardware]
  • Six Panel [with trim, casing and hardware]
  • Half Glass [with trim, casing, grilles and hardware]
  • Full Glass [with trim, casing, grilles and hardware]
  • Double Solid [with trim, casing and hardware]
  • Double Six Panel [with trim, casing and hardware]
  • Double Half Glass [with trim, casing, grilles and hardware]
  • Double Full Glass [with trim, casing, grilles and hardware]

Window types (Rectangle, Half Round):

  • Picture [with trim, casing and grilles]
  • Slider [with trim, casing and grilles]
  • Single Hung [with trim, casing and grilles]

Garage Doors:

  • (Under Construction)

Columns (in wall):

  • Dimensional Lumber and Timbers (ie. 2x4, 2x6, 4x6, 6x6, 6x8) [with beam pockets, king studs, vert. offset]
  • PSL (parallel strand lumber) [with beam pockets, king studs, vert. offset]

Pre-Fabricated Shear Panels:

  • Simpson Strong-Tie Wood Strong-Wall® [trimmabled with shim block, king studs, vert. offset]
  • Simpson Strong-Tie Steel Strong-Wall® [with shim block, king studs, vert. offset]
  • Mitek Hardy Frame® HFX Panel [with shim block, king studs, vert. offset]

Engineering (US/Imperial):

  • (Under Construction) [IBC 2018 and ASCE 7-16]

All wall types are drawn/designed utilizing industry standard practices. Additional wall types, windows and doors are in the process of being added on a weekly basis. Advanced options and features such as crown moulding, baseboard, chair rails and wainscoting are also under development.

The plugin allows the user to create wall panels singularily or in a polyline mode. When the rectangular wall tool is selected and the designer chooses the line mode the wall is then defined by selecting two points which form the start and end of the wall panel. When the polyline mode is chosen each point defines both a wall panel end point and the next wall panels start point. If the auto-corner configuration is enabled within the global settings the wall panels will automatically form inside or outside corners based on the angles between the wall panels.

Once a wall panel is created it can be moved while at the same time remaining "glued" to other adjacent wall panels. Wall framing and other options are automatically re-calculated and re-drawn as required. This level of automation provides a design tool which should eliminate the need for manual modifications to the model, which are both time consuming and can be prone to user error.

Custom layers can be enabled in the global settings which allow various wall, window and door components to be placed on specific layers. Auto assignment of materials (colors and textures) are available as an option within the "Materials" and "Sheathing" tabs of the global settings.

The wall plugin currently has three primary design modes: Framing On, Framing Off and 2D. With the 2D option the walls and windows are simply represented as planar faces and lines while still allowing the user to fully manipulate the wall panels and layout of openings. This mode is intended to be a very lightweight design mode and should allow the designer to quickly put together preliminary designs.

The "Framing Off" mode provides a full 3D model with all of the exterior element present however the internal framing of the wall is reduced to a single solid group. Additional elements that are found within the wall such as blocking, insulation and holdowns are not represented in this mode. The "Framing On" mode is the most detailed mode of the plugin and includes all the details of the previous mode along with full wall framing, holdowns and insulation.

Advanced wall options allows for the creation of exterior corner trim, cavity insulation and structural holdowns. The default parameters for each of these advanced options can be specificed with the global settings.

With the Medeek Wall Plugin, you can accurately depict conventional wood frame construction with fully integrated windows and doors within SketchUp and better validate your architectural models.

Engineering

The Wall Plugin is in the process of being integrated with a fully automated residential engineering engine. This future feature will provide structural engineering of all typical components of a residential structure and will include both vertical and lateral calculations. For additional engineering tools and site criteria maps please visit our Resources page.

Audience

This document is intended for architects, engineers, designers and homeowners who are using SketchUp as their primary 3D design tool. It provides a basic introduction to using the plugin and reference material on the available parameters/options for its use.

License and Limits of Use

The Medeek Wall Plugin is a proprietary softare developed for use with the SketchUp 3D modeling program. There are currently no limits in its use for both personal and commercial applications.

Design Parameters - Wall Geometry

The following items are typical wall design parameters than can be modified by the user to define the wall geometry during the creation process (Rectangular Wall):

  • Wall Mode (required) Allows the user to draw wall panels one at a time or in a polyline fashion.
  • Wall Type (required) Interior or Exterior walls.
  • Wall Justification (required) Allows the user to define the wall placement relative to the line used to draw the wall.
  • Wall Height (required) Height of the wall in inches.
  • Wall Header Height (required) Default header height for openings in inches.
  • Stud Size (required) Pick from a selection of standard stud sizes (nominal dimensions).
  • Stud Spacing (required) Center to center spacing between studs in inches.
  • Stud Direction (required) Allows the stud layout to be from either the right or left.
  • Start Corner (optional) Allows the user to specify the corner configuration at the left end of the wall, this parameter is ignored when auto-corner configuration is enabled.
  • Start Angle (optional) Allows the user to specify the corner angle at the left end of the wall in degrees, this parameter is ignored when auto-corner configuration is enabled.
  • End Corner (optional) Allows the user to specify the corner configuration at the right end of the wall, this parameter is ignored when auto-corner configuration is enabled.
  • End Angle (optional) Allows the user to specify the corner angle at the right end of the wall, this parameter is ignored when auto-corner configuration is enabled.
  • Top Plate Qty. (required) The number of top plates the wall is constructed with.
  • Top Plate Thk. (required) Thickness of the top plate(s) in inches.
  • Bottom Plate Qty. (required) The number of bottom plates the wall is constructed with.
  • Bottom Plate Thk. (required) Thickness of the bottom plate(s) in inches.
  • PT Bottom Plate (optional) Allows the user to specify a pressure treated bottom plate
  • Wall Group (optional) Wall panels can be grouped and then later modified in a batch mode.
  • Wall Framing (optional) Sets the design mode of the wall panel: 2D, 3D (No Framing), 3D (Full Framing). This option can be modified at anytime.
  • Advanced Wall Options (optional) Enables advanced options for the wall panel (ie. sheathing, gypsum, cladding, insulation, trim, holdowns and blocking).

Additional parameters and options are available for windows, doors, exterior trim, insulation, sheathing, cladding, gypsum, holdowns and interior trim.

 

Download Trial

The trial version of the extension has all the features of the full extension however the height of walls may be limited to a specific range of values as well as other limitations on door and window sizes. The trial version is also time limited to a thirty day period from the date of installation. Once the trial period has expired you will no longer be able to create new walls however you can edit any existing walls and features.

Unlicensed or trial copies of the plugin also have strategically placed ads within many of the HTML user menus. The full version of the plugin removes all ads. If you are a material supplier or vendor interested in advertising within the plugin please contact us at sales@medeek.com, the plugin currently uses Google AdSense for all ad placement.

 

Purchase

The full version is an unrestricted, permanent license for both commercial and personal use. Installation on up to (3) separate machines per licensed copy is allowed.

Free upgrades to the latest version of the plugin can be downloaded at any time, within two years of the initial purchase date, by logging into the Account Manager. Once the initial two year license period has expired the license can be renewed for ($45.00) on a yearly basis.

Please note, an active license is not required to continue to use the plugin. The plugin will continue to function even if the license expires. The only reason to renew your license is to gain access to recent upgrades to the plugin and also enable unlimited phone and email support.

Please do not redistribute unlicensed copies of the plugin. Download of the plugin is available immediately after purchase.

Purchase the full plugin ($100.00) at the following link: 

https://design.medeek.com/login/login_html.pl?action=buyplugin&action2=wall&action3=full

Please login to the Account Manager to download the most up-to-date version of the plugin.

For professors, teachers and students requesting a fully licensed copy of the plugin for educational use, please send your request via email to support@medeek.com.

LT Version

The light (LT) version of the plugin is also an unrestricted, permanent license for both commercial and personal use. Installation on up to (3) separate machines per licensed copy is allowed.

Free upgrades to the latest version of the plugin can be downloaded at any time, within two years of the initial purchase date, by logging into the Account Manager. Once the initial two year license period has expired the license can be renewed for ($15.00) on a yearly basis.

The LT version includes only the 2D and 3D (framing off) modes. It also does not include estimating and engineering features found in the full plugin. This version is intended for designers who are primarily concerned only with the layout (of walls, windows and doors) and exterior aesthetics of a structure.

Purchase the LT plugin ($35.00) at the following link: 

https://design.medeek.com/login/login_html.pl?action=buyplugin&action2=wall&action3=lt

 

Installation

The recent versions of SketchUp allow you to install zipped Ruby files or extensions (.rbz) directly within SketchUp.

To install the Medeek Wall Plugin (.rbz file format) within SketchUp 2016 or earlier:

  1. Login into your computer as an admin before installing any Ruby scripts. This will make the installation go more smoothly and ensure that files get installed in the proper places.
  2. Within SketchUp select Window > Preferences (Microsoft Windows) or SketchUp > Preferences (Mac OS X). The Preferences dialog box is displayed.
  3. Click on Extensions. The Extensions panel is displayed.
  4. Click on the Install Extension button. The Open dialog box is displayed.
  5. Locate the Ruby zip file to install (.rbz).
  6. Click on the Open button. SketchUp will install the extension and display a security prompt.
  7. The plugin will display a prompt for your plugin serial number (default value is "TRIAL") if this is a new installation.
  8. The Medeek Wall Plugin will now appear in the list of available extensions.
  9. Re-start SketchUp to enable the license and serial number and save the settings to the registry or .plist files on Mac.

 

To install the Medeek Wall Plugin (.rbz file format) within SketchUp 2017 and 2018:

  1. Login into your computer as an admin before installing any Ruby scripts. This will make the installation go more smoothly and ensure that files get installed in the proper places.
  2. Within SketchUp select Window > Extension Manager (Microsoft Windows) or SketchUp > Extension Manager(Mac OS X). The Extension Manager dialog box is displayed.
  3. Click on the Install Extension button. The Open dialog box is displayed.
  4. Locate the Ruby zip file to install (.rbz).
  5. Click on the Open button. SketchUp will install the extension and display a security prompt.
  6. The plugin will display a prompt for your plugin serial number (default value is "TRIAL") if this is a new installation.
  7. The Medeek Wall Plugin will now appear in the list of available extensions.
  8. Re-start SketchUp to enable the license and serial number and save the settings to the registry or .plist files on Mac.

 

Upgrade

If you are a registered user you can obtain the latest version of the plugin, at no additional charge, by logging in to the Account Manager. Click on the plugin icon and then on your order number, if your order was placed within the last year or two then you will see a download button which will allow you to obtain the latest version. If your serial has expired since you purchased a license then a upgrade button will appear which will allow you to renew your license at a reduced rate for another year.

Once you have downloaded the new release, completely uninstall the existing plugin prior to installing the latest release. Failure to completely remove the existing plugin may cause some files to revert to the older version and limit the functionality of the plugin.

The current Medeek Wall Plugin menu has six icons or sub-menus: 

 

The available items are the following:

  1. Draw Wall:
  • Int-Ext
  • Int-Int
  • Ext-Ext (Under Construction)
  • Draw Gable Wall:
    • (Under Construction)
  • Draw Door:
    • Rectangle
    • Garage Door Option (Under Construction)
  • Draw Window:
    • Rectangle
    • Half Round
    • Arch (Under Construction)
    • Gothic Arch (Under Construction)
  • Engineering Calculations:
    • (Under Construction)
  • Change Global Settings:
    • General
    • Layers
    • Materials
    • Sheathing
    • Walls
    • Doors
    • Windows
    • Wall Corners
    • Trim
    • Insulation
    • Holdowns
    • License

    Note, some menus may show additional items that are either under construction or planned for future releases. 


    The Medeek Wall Tools is included within the wall plugin and has a menu with six icons or functions: 

     

    The available items are the following:

    1. Move Opening
    2. Edit Opening
    3. Delete Opening
    4. Move Wall
    5. Edit Wall
    6. Split Wall (Under Construction)
    7. Join Wall (Under Construction)
    8. Stretch Wall (Under Construction)

     The Shear/Strong-Wall Toolbar has four icons or functions: 


     

    The available items are the following:

    1. Draw SSW
    2. Move SSW
    3. Edit SSW
    4. Delete SSW


    The Beams/Columns Toolbar has six icons or functions: 

     

    The available items are the following:

    1. Draw Column
    2. Move Column
    3. Edit Column
    4. Delete Column
    5. Draw Beam (Under Construction)
    6. Edit Beam (Under Construction)

     

    Video Tutorials

    Previews of the plugin during its recent development can be viewed here.

    The following video tutorials are currently available on YouTube:

    1. Tutorial 1 - Plugin Overview (21:58 min.)

     

    Sample SketchUp models related to these tutorials and previews can be downloaded here.

    Support

    View the Medeek Wall Plugin Manual (Under Construction) for detailed information on the plugin and its usage.

    Please contact support directly at: support@medeek.com

    Language support is planned for the following languages: English, French, Spanish, German, Russian, Swedish, Japanese, Korean and Chinese (Simplified). Translation of the user inteface is currently under development.

    Updates

    The current BETA version of the Medeek Wall Plugin is 0.9.8i - revision date: 10.28.2018.

    View the Medeek Wall Changlog for more information on updates to this plugin.

    The plugin will automatically check for an updated version once a month. The frequency of the "check for updates" can be set in the global settings or disabled entirely.

    For a more in depth look at the development of the plugin and related discussions please visit the Medeek Forum.

    Download previous versions of the plugin here.

    WARNING: The Medeek Wall Plugin is currently under development and is in a BETA stage. The user may encounter unintended behavior due to the addition of new features on a daily basis. Always backup your data to separate file names to provide redundancy in case of file corruption or other data loss scenarios.

    If you have any questions or concerns about the Medeek Wall Plugin please call us at 1-425-652-4188.

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