ArchiCAD 17 can directly save and open Stereolitography (.stl) files using a built-in STL Add-On.
The STL files contain only the surface geometry of a 3D model without any additional information – there is no colour or material etc. The file contains the surface of the model divided into triangles. STL is normally used for rapid prototyping, 3D printing, and computer-aided manufacturing. STL format has two kind of representation: ASCII and Binary
An ASCII STL file lists the triangles with the coordinates of their nodes in a readable format for any text editor application.
In a Binary STL file the data is compressed but only readable for the appropriate STL application/machine.
Binary representation is more commonly used due to its smaller file size.
If you model your walls as insulated showing a Glass Wool Insulation fill you may want to change this when it comes to documentation as an insulated fill may be hard to make out. However it is still worth your while modelling these as insulated so when necessary it is just a case of changing
…this is one of my favourite commands that I use all the time. It is really useful for the following… centring elements in the screen prior to saving a new view finding elements in a view after selecting them with Find & Select checking your selection is where you expect it to be To use Zoom
If you are importing your model to Artlantis, you can place cameras in your project. Then go to your 3d view and save it as an Artlantis file, if you want to save the views from ArchiCAD, just check the option Perspective Cameras.
If a new ArchiCAD (Hot fix) or Library Update becomes available you will be notified with an on-screen alert if the Check for Updates function is turned ON. Go to Options > Work Environment > Network and Update and tick the Check for Updates box. NOTE: Check with your BIM Manager before making this change,
When you are working in a Teamwork environment, it is important to think of others. If you simply close ArchiCAD and walk away from your machine you could be leaving other team members locked out from elements / dialogs you have reserved. To prevent this, simply set the Release All when closing Teamwork Project with Send
In the NZE template we have included a long list of composites & favorites for your Walls, Floors & Roofs. The majority of people use the simple favorite of ‘EXT:Stud 90‘ to model their exterior walls. However this composite has been designed to be a non-insulated wall. So for ArchiCAD 17 we created the composite
If you are rendering your model in Artlantis and if you know that you are painting some walls or ceiling with a different colour from most of your walls, perhaps it could be more practical to override the wall surface and then import to Artlantis. Select the wall go to Settings>Model>and enable the overrides box,
When creating multi storey buildings, once you have generated one floorplate system, you can use the Edit Elements by Stories to copy paste elements to multiple stories. Simply have the Storey selected in the Project Map, right-click and choose Edit Elements by Stories. The below image will copy all Elements from ‘1 Ground Floor‘ to ‘2 First
As the famous saying goes for Marmite – you either love it or hate it. Well, surprisingly, sounds in ArchiCAD seem to produce the same reaction from users. Personally, I love them… with sounds enabled you can hear ArchiCAD finish tasks such as 3D window generation and rendering – inform you of error messages –