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Getting Started

Workflow

Learn the basics of FlexTools in 9 simple steps!

1. Place a Flex component onto a wall component.  It automatically cuts an opening in the wall.

 

2. Move and Scale the component to fit exactly where you need it.

Placing and scaling a WallCutter Flex component - Animation

Placing Wall-Cutting Flex components onto a wall.

Responsive Animation

Placing Non-Wall-Cutting Flex components in existing openings.

3. Change the Cutting Depth if there are multiple walls to cut through.

Multiple Wall Cutting Animation

4. Adjust XYZ Dimensions / Distributions / Visibility ... of the various component elements through the Component Options Window.

To learn more about the options relevant to each component checkout the relevant learn pages in the menu on the right.

FlexTools component options

5. Copy the component around the model.  Scale and edit each copy as needed (Steps 2 & 3).

Components are scaled into existing openings (Cutting Depth set to 0)

6. Save the component with ComponentFinder.  You can then quickly pull it back in when you need it again.

📌 Materials applied to sub-components & Cutting Depth will be saved with the component.

Pulling in a component and saving it back with changes.

7. You can manually edit the geometry that is inside each of the sub-components - just make sure that the boundaries of the sub-components are not changed!
8. To get the components to look correctly in plans and in sections, use the PlanView tool.
Planview Animation

9. Use the various Tools for fine tuning and extra control.  Use the Opener to open and close all the door in the model.   Use zapper to disable the dynamic properties of a component for manual fine tunings, and use cleaner to make it cleaner and leaner...

Workflow with Non-Wall-Cutting Components

Flex components automatically cut openings through double faced walls by default.  If you do not want a component to cut openings automatically, you have the following options:

 

A. Enable the Place Upright Toggle (before placement!)

OR

B. Set the Cutting Depth to 0.

OR

C. Convert the component into a regular component.

 

📌 Learn more about the WallCutter options here.

Workflow in previous version of FlexTools

Before WallCutter was introduced, the FlexTools workflow was a bit different.  More about the Previous Workflow here.