Join Thiago Santos Mundim for an in-depth discussion in this video Working with objects, part of ArchiCAD Essential Training.
- [Instructor] Now it's time to add some furniture to this house. And I'm going to do that using the object tool. So, I'm going to select the object and then command t, or control t if you're on a PC, and here you have the ArchiCAD library. On the left, a list of all the folders the ArchiCAD library has and is organized in, as a basic library, visualization, and add-on libraries. Inside the basics, we have furniture, windows. Quite a lot of, very good library.
Actually, the ArchiCAD library is pretty good. I very rarely need to go to an external source to bring an object to ArchiCAD. Most of the things we need, you will be able to find here. On the right, we have some settings for these objects. For example, here, I was editing a WC. On the top, we have a preview and positioning, where we can set the height of this object and some basic dimensions. And then below, you're going to find settings for this object.
So for example, for this toilet, I can choose if I wanted floor mounted or wall mounted. What is the type of flush? If I want a cistern, it's a one. But this setting will change depending on the object you select. For example, if I go here, on the folder furniture, appliance, and I choose this cooktop, I'm going to have some options for a cooktop. From the size of it and the style of it, so on. Bathroom accessories, some beds.
So if I choose one of those beds, I have options here for the headboard, if I want it round or straight. I also have options for the legs or frame, and so on. And you are also going to find some parametric objects. For example, if I choose this dining table, we can set the rules of the table here. If I go next, we can set the minimum dimensions of the distance between the chairs, the size of the chairs.
I'm going to press okay. Let's zoom in here, and add this table on the middle of the living room. Now if I select the table, and by clicking one of those magenta points here, I can start stretching the table, and ArchiCAD will automatically add chairs based on the rules we set first. So the magenta points means that you can click and edit the object live in here on the floor plan. Okay, I don't really want that long table, so I'm just going to delete it.
Let's keep on going on those objects. Again, there are many objects. I recommend you to go through and look at all of them, because when you need an object, you know where to find. But there are some objects here that are worth pointing out. You going to find some retails, school furniture, some extra windows, also building structures, from cladding, like profile sheet that you can change the profile, to some pre-fabricated concrete structures.
Also if we go here in special construction, you're going to find some other accessories. And here, mechanical is where you're going to find elevators, escalators, heating units. And on plumbing, you will find basins, bathtubs, partitions, those are also parametrics, sinks, and the WC that we chose before. And you also have some 2D elements, like electric symbols, controls, some graphic symbols that are also parametric, and they respond to the floor plan.
Now, again, to add an object, you simply select it, edit everything you want. So I'm going to choose the WC here. Press okay, and then click where you want. And after you add it, you can select and use the rotation and drag to place on the correct location. Now, you don't need to use only the objects here on the library to do your objects.
You actually can build your own object. For example, if i want to do a countertop here in the kitchen, I can do it using the slab tool. So I'm going to select the slab. Go to the settings of it. I will change the thickness to 40, change the building material to stone. So let's find stone finish here. And I'll change the height to 900. So this is the height of the top of the slab to the ground floor.
And then, one thing that you have to keep in mind is to change the layer. So from structural bearing, I'm going to change it to interior furniture. Press okay, and then I'm going to draw a slab here. Just going to draw with a random dimension. I'm going to put four meters, stick to this, and then finish the slab here. So now, this is not just a slab. It's actually part of my furniture, and I can use the objects to add wardrobes below this slab.
So now, go ahead, take a look at those objects. See what is there, and start adding objects to the house, from the wet areas, the toilets, to the bedrooms, all the beds, and the 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.