Make the Most of Marionette

Posted by Chloe Jefferson on 7/27/17 11:08 AM  |  1 min read time

Does Marionette intimidate you? Alan Woodwell, architectural designer at Playoust Churcher Architects, offers helpful insight in his recent AECbytes article, “The Many Marvels of Marionette and How to Make the Most of It.” Marionette is one of Vectorworks software’s smartest tools because it allows users to speed up their design workflows and simplify repetitive tasks, leading to impressive finished products. When Marionette made it’s debut, AECbytes Editor Lachmi Khemlani, Ph.D., commented: “From what I saw, Marionette seemed fascinating, and I would have to rate it as the ‘coolest’ feature I saw at this year’s AIA.”

Façade studies done with a parametric Marionette object. Façade studies done with a parametric Marionette object.

Woodwell gives readers the nudge and insight they need to become Marionette experts. He goes into detail about what Marionette is, as well as the basic concepts of its processes. Specifically, he shares examples of how to use Marionette, explains how it may differ from other Vectorworks tools, and displays a step-by-step guide to show how easily this tool can be incorporated into a workflow.

Woodwell also clarifies what you’ll need to cover before operating this tool. You’ll quickly learn why familiarizing yourself with Vectorworks tools and commands, as well as Python, will help you get the most out of Marionette.

Wrapper for a Marionette network. (Image courtesy of Alan Woodwell.) Wrapper for a Marionette network. (Image courtesy of Alan Woodwell.)

Are you ready to understand the ins and outs of this tool’s schematics, so you can use it in your everyday design practice? You can find the full article
here, or email Alan directly at

Topics: AIA, Architecture, Playoust Churcher Architects, Alan Woodwell, Marionette, Python, AECBytes, Lachmi Khemlani, Ph.D., Wrapper

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