Wall End Caps


Justin Lange, editor at Projection Lights and Staging News invited Kevin to blog at Pro Light Space, Justin’s go to site for professional lighting designers, and lighting technicians. Thanks to Justin, and Pro Lighting Space, I am cross posting Kevin’s blog entries here.

Kevin blogs at Pro Lighting Space on Vectorworks. I see that look on face – oh great yet another Vectorworks blog – now before you click away, let me explain. Kevin’s posts are on things you wouldn’t necessarily find in a standard “How to” post. He digs in and talks about features, short cuts, and ways of doing things a little differently. This is for experienced Vectorworks users. Kevin gears his posts to lighting designers, but we set designers should be paying attention, after all, no matter how good your set design is, if it’s not lit properly you’re missing the sexy. Let’s face it, if you want to sell your idea for the greatest set ever, you have to add lighting, it’s the sizzle. If your rendering isn’t sizzling sexy, you’re going to loose out to the designer that’s figured it out. Don’t be that person. Read Kevin’s posts.


This is another feature of the Architect Module. I don’t believe Wall End Caps are included with Spotlight.This might be a reason to upgrade. I’m not shilling, eventually I’ll put all of these pieces together. 

Wall End Caps are a 2D and 3D operation. The work in 2D affects the 3D appearance. This allows for the simple creation of great details. You may need to add the Wall End Cap Tool to your workspace. I have the tool in my Building Shell Workspace. You can also use the Architect workspace that comes with Architect and Designer.

This is a simple wall, drawn using the Ext-2×4-Brick Veneer Wall Style that ships with Vectorworks. We’ve discussed Wall Styles here previously. This one might not be applicable to creating a model of and exhibit space or a set, but might be useful in creating theatre architecture. Wall Styles allow the assignment of textures, styles, and 2D graphic hatches to delineate materials in the Top/Plan view.

Here we see, from the top down:

  1. A Brick Veneer
  2. Air Space
  3. Sheathing
  4. 2×4 Wood Stud Framing
  5. Sheetrock

Remember that these Components do not have to be the full height of the wall. This wall has End Caps turned on for both ends in the OIP.

The Wall End Capp Tool allows you to decide whether the End Cap will be within the current length of the wall or outside that length. You can change you mind later and make the change in the OIP. The Wall End Cap Tool has three modes.


The Component Wrap mode allows you to select a component and click and drag it around to cap the wall, the Add mode allows you draw any 2D shape and wrap a component using the shape, the Clip mode allows the use of a 2D object to clip the component.

In the example below, I wrapped the Brick around the right hand side. I then Clipped the brick away from the left hand side. Yeah, I exposed the sheathing, but this is about using the tool, not the design. And we’re not really building this thing. On the left, I also added a half round end of sheetrock. That would terrorize somebody.


Now, this is just the basics of how to use this tool. Combine this tool, and several short walls, with varying Wall Styles and you can quickly sculpt some interesting stage pieces or exhibits.

Here’s the wall simply rendered with the brick and wallpaper.

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