Shell Tool

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ArchiCAD Design Concepts – Design Freedom

Shell is a versatile new tool which lets you create a wide variety of shapes. Use the Shell to model elements, ranging from a building’s entire exterior, to a single custom object. More information http://www.graphisoft.com/products/ar..…

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Shells – Create extruded shells

ArchiCAD 15 New Features – Shells Create extruded shells ArchiCAD introduces the new Shell tool — enabling designers to unleash their creative minds and to create enriches architectural forms. The first of the three geometry methods of the Shell Tool is…

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Shells – Create revolved shells

ArchiCAD 15 New Features – Shells Create revolved shells The second geometry method of the Shell Tool is the Revolved method. It has two construction methods: simple and detailed. Let us first use the simple construction method on the Floor Plan. With…

Shells – Create ruled shells

ArchiCAD 15 New Features – Shells Create ruled shells The third geometry method of the Shell Tool is the Ruled method. It has two construction methods: simple and detailed. In case of using the simple construction method on the Floor Plan, we need to…

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Shells – Using composite structures for shells

ArchiCAD 15 New Features – Shells Using composite structures for shells When a Shell is created, the program first internally generates a so-called membrane based on its defining components. These are the Extrusion Vector and the Profile Polygon in case…

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Shells – Setting the base height for shells

ArchiCAD 15 New Features – Shells Setting the base height for shells Shell elements have a setting called Base Height. This setting applies to all types of Shells. If we select a Shell element in 3D, we can see that one of its selection hotspots is shown…

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Shells – Set revolution angle for revolved shells

ArchiCAD 15 New Features – Shells Set revolution angle for revolved shells One setting that applies only to Revolved Shells is the Revolution Angle setting. The angle starts at the position where the Profile Polygon is shown, and is rotated around the…

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Shells – Use flip option to grow shell body

ArchiCAD 15 New Features – Shells Use flip option to grow shell body When we create a Shell, the body of the Shell is grown onto a membrane. This membrane is generated based on the defining components of the Shell. More information…

Shells – Segment surfaces of revolved shells

ArchiCAD 15 New Features – Shells Segment surfaces of revolved shells For Revolved Shells there is a segmentation option available. By default, this option is not enabled in the Info Box, only in the Settings Dialog. We can activate the Info Box page of…

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Shell – Set morphing rule for ruled shells

ArchiCAD 15 New Features – Shells Set morphing rule for ruled shells A setting called Morphing Rule is available for Ruled Shells. Let us consider this Ruled Shell. The Morphing Rule button is located in the Info Box, after the construction method…

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Shell – Floor plan representation of shells

ArchiCAD 15 New Features – Shells Floor plan representation of shells The same Floor Plan Display options are available for Shells that we have already seen with other element types. These include the Show On Stories, Floor Plan Display and Show…

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Shell – Edit extrusion vector of extruded shells

ArchiCAD 15 New Features – Shells Edit extrusion vector of extruded shells A host of editing commands are available for Shells. For Extruded Shells, there are commands available for both the Extrusion Vector and the Profile Polygon. There are three…

Shell – Edit rotation axis of rotated shells

ArchiCAD 15 New Features – Shells Edit rotation axis of rotated shells There are two editing commands are available for the Revolution Axis of Revolved Shells. If we click the starting point of the Revolution Axis these commands are not available on the…

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Shell – Drag profile/drag extrusion vector

ArchiCAD 15 New Features – Shells Drag profile/drag extrusion vector In case of Extruded Shells we can change the position of the Extrusion Vector and the Profile Polygon relative to each other. If we click on an edge of the Profile Polygon and choose the…

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Shell – Rotate/Mirror profile of shell

ArchiCAD 15 New Features – Shells Rotate/Mirror profile of shell Another pair of Pet Palette commands available for Shells are the Rotate Profile command, which will rotate the Profile Polygon in its own plane… and the Mirror Profile command, which will…

Shells – Manipulate extruded shells

ArchiCAD 15 New Features – Shells Manipulate extruded shells When Shells are created, their orientation may not always be what you need. This can be changed however. To illustrate this, let us consider the following two Shells. We wish to connect them…