Join Thiago Santos Mundim for an in-depth discussion in this video Working with objects, part of ArchiCAD Essential Training.
- [Voiceover] Now let's add some objects to the project. So I'm gonna go here to the object tool and control T on the PC or command T on the Mac. And here we have again on the left the library for objects on the right, the settings for the selected object. And ArchiCAD is pretty good on the object library. It comes built in with a lot of objects. You very rarely need to download any external library. I'm gonna reduce the size of the objects here so we can see more of them.
So we have smaller ones. And let's go through some of them, the most useful ones. So I'm starting here on the furniture where we have appliance, bathroom accessories, beds, chairs, quite a lot of furnitures. Moving on to windows, where you're gonna find some special windows and skylights. We also have some building structures, some cladding elements like a profiled sheet. And if you click on this element, the settings of it change every time.
So, for instance, on the profiled sheet, I have settings for profiled sheet. If I go to fences and railing, and I click on the rail post, I have settings for the rail post. So, for instance, here's how you can do the balustrade on the balcony, or even do the staircase railing if you don't want to use the railing from the stair object. Also pretty useful here is gonna be on the mechanical folder where we're gonna find elevators, escalators, some heating objects and some plumbing objects.
So here on plumbings we have the basins that we can use on the toilet, bathtubs, partitions for the toilets, sinks, taps, fountains, WCs, so for instance, let's choose one of those WC 20 here. I'm gonna click on the arrow. Now, we, again, have the preview in positioning, where we can take a look on the object in plan elevation in 3D. So we can choose here how high this object is from the floor that we are (mumbles). I'm gonna change it to zero.
Let's go back to the WC settings, where we can choose if we want the toilet to be floor-mounted or wall-hung, how we want this object to look in the 3D. Also we can choose how we want the flush type. We can have a cistern or elevated cistern. We can have an in-wall carrier. So there quite a lot of settings. If I look here on this tab, we can choose the appearance of the object. I'm gonna move the arrow to move forward.
We can choose the minimal space for the clearance of this object. And then we can do the parameters for listing like the cost manufacturer. We don't really need that right now. So I'm gonna go ahead, press OK. And now to add the object, you simply click where you want, and the object will appear. After you have added the object, you can use the arrow tool to select this object, control D to move around, and then control E to rotate. So I'm gonna click here and rotate this object 90 degrees.
And that's how you gonna add all the objects for the house. But just bear in mind one thing. You don't need to be only using the objects all the time. You can create your own objects. For instance, I wanna do here a counter top for my kitchen that I don't have here in the object. So you can use this slab tool. I'm gonna go here on the settings for this slab, change the thickness of it, change the material to stone. So I'm gonna type here stone to finish.
And when you do that, the only thing you have to bear in mind is to change the layer of the slab. So this no longer a structure slab. I'm gonna click here and change it to interior furniture. So now this slab is not necessarily a slab. It's a counter top that I can use as an object. So I can go ahead, press OK, and draw my counter top the way I want. I'm gonna change here the method. I'm just gonna do any size for now. So this is an object, it's not just a slab.
So like that, you can use elements like slab, walls and columns to build a table to build your own custom objects. Just remember to change its layer, and it becomes an object. So I recommend you to open the object tools, go take a look on everything so you know where things are when you need them. So go ahead and add out the objects for this house from the wet areas in the toilets to the bed in the bedrooms and cars in the garage.
- 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.