Modelling

Railing Tool Basics – Glass Panel Railing

What’s coveredIntroductionLet’s startThe PatternCustom settingsEndsConnections Introduction This article presents how to create a glass panel railing with posts. We used an L-shaped staircase where the Riser Offset is set to…

Stair Tool Basics – Spiral Stair

There are two ways to create a spiral stair using the new Stair Tool: using the Magic Wand using the ‘Arc by Centerpoint’ command from the Pet Palette during the…

Railing Tool Basics – Pattern Distribution Settings

What’s coveredIntroductionTermsSegment Pattern SettingsDivide Segment into DivisionsEqually Distribute PatternFixed Pattern Length – Start with PatternFixed Pattern Length – Start from CenterFixed Pattern Length – Align To CenterFixed Pattern Length – End with PatternSet Pattern Length to number…

Winder Types in ARCHICAD

What’s coveredSingle Point methodTwo Points methodRiser in the MiddleTread in the MiddlePrincipal Lines methodRiser in the MiddleTread in the MiddleAuxiliary Walking Line methodRiser in the MiddleTread in the MiddleWinder Segments…

Stair Tool Basics – Custom Tread

It is possible to save elements as Library Object which can be used as custom Treads. Any ARCHICAD element can be turned into a custom Tread Library Object. This article…

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…

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…

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 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…

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 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…

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 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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Tips to work with Guide Lines

[no_toc] Guide Lines are drafting aids which help you find special points and projections, to ensure precise input in both 2D and 3D windows. Guide Lines are based on the cursor’s relationship to the input plane and to existing elements. 1. – Show/Hide…

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…

Top 12 ArchiCAD Commands You Should Use all the Time

Would you like to work faster and more efficiently in ArchiCAD? We have collected 12 lesser known shortcuts in ArchiCAD International version that can ease your daily workflow: Highlight Toggle Shortcut: TAB Have you ever wanted to select a Zone instead…

How to manage Hotlinks

Ignacio Azpiazu’s tip on managing hotlinks! “(…) I am working on a project with lots of hotlinked modules (unit plans, panels, balconies, porches, etc.). (…) Yesterday I realised I can import (once in the project lifetime) every project module into a…

How to create Isaac Peral’s Balcony

This article was written by Javier Farratell Castro. The article will explain how to create this balcony. Let’s see first, what is Isaac Peral’s Balcony? Isaac Peral’s a street in the country of Cadiz, Spain. We want to import this structure to a BIM…

Extracting Contours from Mesh

Originally published at Digital Architecture: http://www.davidmaudlin.com/ArchiCAD/DigitalArchitecture/Extra/Tips/MeshContours/MeshContours.html The following article will help you to extract contours from a Mesh and apply to the 2D view. [toggle title=”…

Link Construction Elements to Stories

Each Construction Element and 3D Object in ArchiCAD is linked to a specific Story, called its Home Story. The elevation of the Element is determined by the elevation of its Home Story If its Home Story is deleted, the element will be deleted with it…

The Eye-Dropper and Syringe

ForWikiEditors : ToDoTechTip/ – check and update article Originally published at Cadalyst: http://aec.cadalyst.com/aec/Column%3A+ArchiCad/The-Magic-of-Parameter-Transfer-ArchiCAD-Insights-/ArticleStandard/Article/detail/560930?contextCategoryId=6575…

Selecting Elements Across Several Stories

– by Ben Frost, UK and Eric Link, Worldwide ArchiCAD specialist Is there a way to group walls/elements that occur on different stories? – select them in the 3D window and ‘Group’. The above answer of Ben Frost is 100% OK, but Link’s advice may be of…

How to create chimneys in ArchiCAD

This article is based on the ArchiCAD-Talk discussion: http://archicad-talk.graphisoft.com/viewtopic.php?t=13720 1 – The Column Tool trick Simply place columns into the wall where you want the chimneys to be – just make sure they go all the way up on each…

Slab with Steel Deck Sheets

The origin of this tip is a blog post by Pablo Montes on his great blog, Arquitecturama.MX : http://juanpablos.blogspot.com/ Concrete Slabs on Steel Decks are commonly used in today’s architectural structures. It is very simple to create them in…

Mesh Editing Tips

NoteForWikiEditors : ToDo/LaszloNagy : update this article   The following contain some useful tips about working with Mesh objects in ArchiCAD. When you click on a node of the Mesh polygon or one of its ridges on the Floor Plan, you can see its…

Trimming Body of Shell

This article will try help you to understand the usage of the Shell Trimming Body . create a spline choose Extruded Geometry Method and with Magic Wand create a Shell rotate the Shell with Free Rotate option place a Wall and see the…