At Gould Design, Inc. we are constantly exploring ways to enhance productivity. MiTek Sapphire and 20/20 (the engineering side of the software suite) are jam-packed with features that are often under-utilized or entirely missed by Component Manufacturers.

Today we are going to look at a simple way to enhance productivity in 20/20 in setting up lumber colors for at-a-glance identification of the lumber grade.

With a variety of clients, we receive the settings they use so we can seamlessly design jobs that look just like theirs and conform to their criteria. Some clients have colors already setup, some don’t.

To adjust the color scheme, open engineering and go to setup>manufacturer>materials:

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First, I took a snip of my “Material Defaults” so that I could reference the list as I work. I navigated there by selecting: Material List>Truss>Master>Truss members

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Note that this list will vary depending on your own inventory.

Each column has the ability to filter, similar to “Search and View” in MiTek Sapphire. You can use these to assist you in finding the material you want to adjust. Below is a sample of some of the lumber we are going to alter, starting with the Hem-fir.

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To edit the colors, click on the dropdown in the color column in the row of the appropriate lumber type. In this case, 2×4 HF Stud:

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From here it is a matter of continuing to make adjustments based on your lumber and ideal color scheme.

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Once completed click “Save”. Then close out of “Materials”. Let’s open a job in engineering and see what we have. In the output display settings, I turned on member labeling to show size, species, and grade so that you can see what we have here. As you get used to designing with the colors you can tell at a glance the species and grade by the color.

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Let’s have some fun and make some changes:

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I hope you enjoyed this quick look at using a color scheme to increase productivity in 20/20 engineering. What settings do you use to design more effectively? Please leave a comment below.