JClements wrote:@Drew, I like what you suggest. "The other option is that no walls have materials, and they only have the structural thickness" +1
It would seem to be a more flexible method.
I agree. The floor and wall 'material/product lining' tool (the wall one being new) are amazing, and seem the best way of applying products/materials (due to the flexibility - eg. being able to create different materials on the same floor or wall). This way the walls are merely the structural elements. The only problem is if you change a wall, the material wont automatically adjust. But I do not see this as being a major problem. The slab and roof tools work in the same way. Just like the slab and roof tool, it would be great if the wall materials/product could be assigned to the external and internal faces by selecting a wall(s), right clicking, and assigning a material/product by face.
This would require a slight rework of the current system though, so I am unsure of its suitability. Also, you lose some interchangeability (easily being able to move walls, and keeping the materials aligned, etc).
The good thing about being made to draw/select faces for floor linings and wall linings (rather than them being automatic) - is that it makes you aware of required set-downs and junctions between materials, corners, etc.
I would like to hear Andrew Dwight's and the PlusSpec teams' thoughts on this. Either way, I think that it would be extremely useful for being able to show structural, as well as overall finished wall thicknesses. This would assist in successful design outcomes, as well as speeding up the workflow and perfecting sections and details.