Join Thiago Mundim for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating custom objects, part of ArchiCAD Essential Training.
- [Voiceover] You may just get away with all the objects that we have on the built-in ArchiCAD library, but if you want you can also create some custom objects, so let's take a look how we do that. I'm gonna go back here to the 2D drafting layer combinations, so we have our furniture back. Let's create a 3D section here using the marquee tool, and we're gonna be creating a new TV rack. I'm gonna raise the TV a little bit.
And right now we have this slab that is made of stone, so I'm gonna change this to plywood, and then I'm gonna drag and copy this slab here on the 3D, move it up a little bit, let's do a wall, generic, also made of plywood, 14 millimeters thick. But before doing the wall, let's move it away from the building wall a little bit, so let's move it like five centimeters on both sides.
Now we can do the wall, and I'm gonna flip the wall, move it down. And then I'm gonna make multiple copies here, and then finally let's create a wall here on the front and move that back a little bit. Good, so let's say this is my TV rack. I'm gonna select it all, select all the objects from this TV rack.
We can do this in the floorplan or in the 3D. I'm just gonna go ahead and do it from here, and then you go to File, Library and Objects, and then Save Selection As an object. We have some other options here, but right now we want to do an object, so I'm gonna go click on Object. ArchiCAD is gonna warn us that the top view of the object is what is gonna become the symbol of the object, just go ahead and press OK. Then let's save this with the name TV rack, hit Save, ArchiCAD is showing us all the building materials that we have on those elements.
I don't know why we have two surface here, so I'm gonna make sure they are both the same, and then press OK. Now I'm gonna group these objects so it's easier to select later, and go back to our floorplan, change it again to the 2D drafting, and this is not our object, those are actually the elements that we just created. And then if we go to our objects library on the embedded we should have the TV rack with a 2D symbol, how it looks in elevations and 3D, and we can also change here some attributes like the fills, the lines, and the surface of this object.
So let's press OK and add this object here to the plan. I'm gonna rotate and position it to the correct place. So here we go, this is an object, and this is a group of elements that I can delete. Now let's go ahead and try to change this 2D symbol for the rack. So I'm gonna select the rack, go back to File, Libraries and Objects, Open Object, and then ArchiCAD is gonna open this window where we can add more information about this object such as author, description, but what we really want to change now is the 2D symbol, so I'm gonna click on this window icon here, and there we go, we have a 2D symbol for our rack.
I need a little bit of more room here on my screen, so I'm gonna go in full screen. Now I have all the zoom buttons here, and then I'm gonna go ahead and delete everything but some lines, so I'm gonna keep the four lines on the side, and then let's join them here. And let's join here, and this is the 2D symbol that I want.
So I can close this, close the TV rack. ArchiCAD is gonna say, do you want to save the changes? Yes we do, and then here let's bring back the furniture layer again, and our object has a much better looking 2D symbol. I want to show you another example here. I'm gonna create a new slab, generic, also plywood, let's make it 40, and it will be about 2100 by 800, roughly the size of a door leaf.
Let's offset this slab copy, so I'm gonna make it 50, and I will remove that inner part. I'm using the magic wand, and this one I want it to be made of glass, a little bit thinner, let's make it 10. Let's see in 3D how it looks. There we go, so you get the idea. You can keep on going here modeling a better looking door leaf, but that should do the job.
So here in floorplan I have those two panels selected, and then I'm gonna go back to File, Libraries and Objects, Save Selection As, and then I'm gonna choose the option Door Leaf. ArchiCAD is gonna ask me what's the name of this door leaf, so I'm gonna name it Door Leaf 1 Test. Hit Save, and then ArchiCAD is telling us that Door Leaf is now available on the door settings. So let's go into door here, I'm gonna go to this laundry door, go to the settings, let's look for the door leaf options, there we go, and then if we scroll down here we should have an option for custom door.
If I click on this, we have here our Door Leaf 1 Test. If we have more options for door leaf, we should have a list here, but right now we just have one. So let's go and hit OK, and let's see this door in 3D. We should be able to have our custom door leaf applied. So go ahead, create the door leaves that you may need, and rememeber that you can create some other custom objects such as the door leaves, some window panels, some wire-drop doors. So feel free to explore a little bit.
- 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.