Join Thiago Santos Mundim for an in-depth discussion in this video Building materials, part of ArchiCAD Essential Training.
- [Voiceover] After you have created the line types some new field types and some new surface it's time to bring it all together on the building materials. Before we look into building materials let's try to use it a little bit. Every time we are adding a wall or a slab or any other element we actually have to choose here what is the building material of this wall. In this case we are using a generic external cladding building material.
We're using a generic building material. If you look at this slab we are also using a generic structure slab. Let's take a look at this on 3D. I'm going to do a little marquee here and press F4 on the Mac or F5 on Windows so we have a cut through this slab. I'm also going to select this wall here and move it down a little bit so we have it transpassing the slab and as you can see the wall is not cutting through the slab but if I change the building material for this slab from generic structure to plywood you will see that now the wall is going through.
The slab has a different color and that's because the building material of the slab now has different properties. Let's go back to the floor plan. I'm going to delete those two, we don't need them anymore. Let's take a look on the building material settings. I'm going to go here to this cube icon. Click on it and here on the left we have a list of all the building materials that you may need when you're doing your model. On the right we have settings for the selected building material.
Those building materials go from brick to glass to gravel. We have building materials like different types of insulation, different types of concrete, steel. Let's take a look on that generic structure for the slab. I'm going to select it here. On the right we can choose the name of this material, how the material looks when we cut them, we can choose the foreground and the background pen and if you click here we have a list of all the cut fills.
Below here we can choose what is the surface of this building material. Remember that the surface has a color and it may also have a picture and a victorial hatch for the surface. Below that we can choose what is the intersection priority of this material. This generic structure has the strength of 700 and if you go to the external cladding that we used for the wall it has the strength of 600.
That's why this wall could not go through the slab. Here below we can choose other properties of this material such as a unique ID that is the same ID here on the list and also helps you scheduling the material later and all the information like manufacturer, description, thermal conductivity, density, things that you may need later in an energy analysis. Let's create a new material for our grass paver. I'm going to copy from one of the existing concrete so i'm going to look for concrete here.
Let's organize by name. There we go. Then I'm going to press New. ARCHICAD is asking what's the name of this new material? This is going to be Grass Paver and yes I want to duplicate the concrete. Now we can choose what is the cut fill. I'm going to keep this lightweight concrete but I'm going to change the surface of this new material to the grass paver surface that we have created before. Then finally I think this is too much so I'm going to reduce this priority and I'm also going to keep the same naming system that we had before.
I believe that EF is for external finish and I'm going to create the last one here, EF07. I'm going to go ahead and press OK. Now if we go down to the basement where we have this slab made of grass paver and if I take a look on the 3D here, right now we have this slab made of generic structure but we are overriding the top surface to the grass paver so I am going to switch that off which means now it's full gray and if I go to the plan it doesn't have that hatch anymore.
I'm going to click on the slab I'm going to use the info box here and choose the grass paver which is now a building material. There we go. The hatch is back and if I go to the 3D we have the building material all around the slab. I think it's a little bit too thick so I'm going to reduce the thickness to 50. When you start putting more detail into the project you are going to need to create a lot of new building materials, especially if you have to quantify them.
For instance if you have 45x45 tile that is gray and another that is white you are going to need to create one building material for each. In that way you can quantify them properly. It's also very common that you need to create new hatches or new surface with new images and new fill types for the surface when you need to create a new building material. This is a normal process. You're going to go from creating a new line type if you need to, creating a new fill type, creating a new surface and then putting them all together in the building materials so you can start applying them to the model.
- Opening and navigating an ArchiCAD project
- Setting up working units and stories
- Importing drawings
- Modeling walls, slabs, doors, and windows
- Grouping and ungrouping objects
- Creating sections and elevations
- Working with dimensions
- Publishing drawings
- Modeling and documenting detailed designs
Skill Level Appropriate for all
Q: This course was updated on 06/14/2017. What changed?
A: The following topics were updated: using the Stair tool and working with objects. In addition, new videos were added that cover what's new in ArchiCAD 21, stair settings, working with railings, railing settings, using the Multiply tool, and 3D styles.