Modelling

How to enter Distances

Select Wall Tool (or line, or polyline, etc), then click where you want to start (checkmark icon if you are snapping to an existing point or origin) Move the mouse in the direction you want to go and press Shift to make orthogonal Release the mouse, keep…

How to Create a Spiral Beam

As we know a spiral is a space curve with a consistent arc and a consistent inclination angle at all points. ArchiCAD’s Beam Tool does not have a curved option. Therefore any curve in the Beam must be created out of straight segments. However, it can be…

Travel Distances with Element Information Palette

Marc’s tip on using the Element Information Palette for measuring Exit Travel Distances! “To measure exit travel distances…. trace the path with a polyline (turn on a ghost layer if the path covers two floors). Open “element information” Window &gt…

How to create Text-shaped Holes

There is an easy way to create text shaped holes in any construction elements with the following steps: Step 1: Open Text Object Select “3D Text Object” from the ArchiCAD Library in Object Settings dialog. It can be found in ArchiCAD version’s Basic…

The Morph Tool

Use the Morph tool to create freeform elements within ArchiCAD, so you don’t have to import special shapes from other programs. The Morph tool is fully integrated into ArchiCAD, and works with a familiar logic and interface. However, there are some Morph…

Align View

AlignView is an option to set your ArchiCAD model rendering to an imported background photo. It enables the architect to automatically reconstruct the position of a camera in the interior or on the street from a picture taken of it. This feature can be…

Rotating an Object in Space

There are several situations when you need to rotate an object (or any part of your model) in space. With the help of the new MORPH Tool feature in ArchiCAD 16, objects can be easily rotated about any axis in 3D. Here are the steps: ArchiCAD 16 3D…

Relocate Projects Placed far from the Project Origin

See also: FarFromOrigin It can be experienced loss of precision, malfunction, if the Project must be located very far from the ArchiCAD Project Origin, e.g. according to standards in certain countries or while importing DWG . From the nature of floating…

How to create Balusters in ArchiCAD

Revolved elements can be created using Complex Profiles, Shells or Morphs. In this example we are using Complex Profiles to create custom-shaped balusters. Step 1: Draw Profile Create a Complex Profile of the Baluster that you want to use. Make sure to…

Creative Uses of Complex Profiles

Original thread is published at AECBytes: http://www.aecbytes.com/tipsandtricks/2008/issue32-archicad.html written by Eric Bobrow Principal, Bobrow Consulting Group Complex profiles can be used for the wall, column and beam tools. The Profile Manager…

How to create custom Solid bodies using Shell

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5R_l7GlRAsk The Shell Tool that was introduced in ArchiCAD 15 is a very versatile Tool. However, as its name implies, it is a Shell, it is a body of constant thickness generated onto a membrane. ArchiCAD users may encounter…

How to distribute elements along a path

There are various techniques you can use in ArchiCAD to distribute elements along a path. One example could be a tree object that is distributed at every 3000 millimeters along the side of a road. Let us see some scenarios. Distributing along a curve Let…

Polygon Counting Tool

The complexity of a plan, especially the 3D model mainly depends on how many polygons it contains. Polygons are the most basic 2 dimensional plain geometric elements that form the 3D model. Polygon Counting Tool is an ARCHICAD add-on that helps you…

How to Create a Flat Top Roof

This article describes how to create sloping structures in ArchiCAD, e.g. what you would find in flat top roofs. The Slab Tool can not have a slope. So here is how you do it: Consider the following flat roof: Its Section looks like this: Sloping “slab”…

Keyboard Shortcuts

ArchiCAD is shipped with several predefined shortcut schemes. These can be listed and most of the shortcuts can be redefined in Options > Work Environment > Keyboard Shortcuts dialog box. Show Shortcut List in Browser The currently assigned keyboard…

Editing Grids

Best Practice Grids are best set before sharing the project. If it is necessary to edit a grid element, it is best to have all other users release their reserved elements and you reserve all of the elements in the project. If your organization is large…