BIMobject – more objects for ArchiCAD

16 July 2014 Mark Horrocks No Comments
ArchiCAD, Tip of the Day

BIM Components is the main portal for us to access ArchiCAD objects, and we can do this directly from the Object Tool in ArchiCAD.

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But there is another Object provider that has an ArchiCAD App that you can install to give you 1000′s more ArchiCAD objects at your finger tips.

You can read info on the BIMobject Add-On at GRAPHISOFT’s web site.

Or you can download it direct from BIMobjects website

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Once installed you can access the ‘toolbar’ from Windows > Palettes, and this can be placed anywhere on your screen.  Select the Browse Products button, find an object and simply hit Download.  The object (or objects if the download is an .lcf) will appear in your Embedded Library.bimobject2

Now go to your Object Tool, to place it.  The objects are fully parametric, so load of adjustments can be made.

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3D Printing from ArchiCAD 17

15 July 2014 Ken Good No Comments
ArchiCAD, ArchiCAD 17, Tip of the Day

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

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Overwriting the appearance of Building Materials

14 July 2014 Jonathan Breen No Comments
ArchiCAD 17, Tip of the Day

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

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‘Zoom to Selection’

11 July 2014 Ken Good No Comments
ArchiCAD, ArchiCAD 17, Tip of the Day

…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

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Save views for Artlantis

10 July 2014 Soto No Comments
ArchiCAD 17, ArchiCAD 18, Tip of the Day

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.


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Check for Updates

9 July 2014 Mark Horrocks No Comments
ArchiCAD, Tip of the Day

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,

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Prevent Teamwork reservation frustrations

8 July 2014 Ken Good No Comments
ArchiCAD, ArchiCAD 17, Tip of the Day

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

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Model insulated walls

7 July 2014 Jonathan Breen No Comments
ArchiCAD 17, Tip of the Day

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

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Prepare your model for Artlantis – Surface Override

3 July 2014 Soto No Comments
ArchiCAD 17, ArchiCAD 18, Tip of the Day

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,

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Creating multi storey buildings in Storey Setttings

2 July 2014 Mark Horrocks No Comments
ArchiCAD, Tip of the Day

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

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