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May 8, 2014, 4:08:38 AM5/8/14

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hi all,

i am an architect and a newbie too mathematica. i wish to build a program

related to parametric geometrical design (2 dimensional floor plans) and

parametric geometrical optimization.

a few questions pops up and will just write them randomly as i think of

one.

1. is there a way to draw vectors in mathematica the way we draw in

autocad--meaning by more intuitive freehand mouse and visually drawing it

instead of inputting formulas and nos. and rules? say, i want a quick

drawing of a house, it's more intuitive to draw vector lines using mouse.

2. how do i export vector drawings into mathematica from Autocad( dwg or

dxf) ?

3. how do i measure areas and lengths of segments or radius of curves of

the elements of the imported vector drawings?

4. If i don't import the file/drawing, can mathematica "read" Autocad

drawings?

5. as mentioned, I'm a newbie to mathematica and thought i should embark

on this project by improving my proficiency in analytical geometry first as

a starting point.

I wish to use mathematica to learn and self-study about analytical

geometry, is this possible and if so, can mathematica "Teach" me?

any other suggestions as on how best to approach my 'project goals' are

welcome and thanks in advance for your assistance!

Jim

May 9, 2014, 2:06:25 AM5/9/14

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On May 8, 2014, at 3:08 AM, Jim S. Lim <onwa...@gmail.com> wrote:

>

> hi all,

>

> i am an architect and a newbie too mathematica. i wish to build a program

> related to parametric geometrical design (2 dimensional floor plans) and

> parametric geometrical optimization.

>

> a few questions pops up and will just write them randomly as i think of

> one.

> 1. is there a way to draw vectors in mathematica the way we draw in

> autocad--meaning by more intuitive freehand mouse and visually drawing it

> instead of inputting formulas and nos. and rules? say, i want a quick

> drawing of a house, it's more intuitive to draw vector lines using mouse.

There are tools for interactive drawing, but they are rudimentary compared to a program like AutoCad. I'd be interested in your feedback if you try using them to sketch houses.
>

> hi all,

>

> i am an architect and a newbie too mathematica. i wish to build a program

> related to parametric geometrical design (2 dimensional floor plans) and

> parametric geometrical optimization.

>

> a few questions pops up and will just write them randomly as i think of

> one.

> 1. is there a way to draw vectors in mathematica the way we draw in

> autocad--meaning by more intuitive freehand mouse and visually drawing it

> instead of inputting formulas and nos. and rules? say, i want a quick

> drawing of a house, it's more intuitive to draw vector lines using mouse.

> 2. how do i export vector drawings into mathematica from Autocad( dwg or

> dxf) ?

> 3. how do i measure areas and lengths of segments or radius of curves of

> the elements of the imported vector drawings?

> 4. If i don't import the file/drawing, can mathematica "read" Autocad

> drawings?

> 5. as mentioned, I'm a newbie to mathematica and thought i should embark

> on this project by improving my proficiency in analytical geometry first as

> a starting point.

>

> I wish to use mathematica to learn and self-study about analytical

> geometry, is this possible and if so, can mathematica "Teach" me?

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