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- Drawing interior walls
- Configuring wall height and alignments
- Changing wall types
- Aligning and splitting walls
- Creating compound walls
- Adding doors and windows
- Working with the Family Editor
- Adding sweeps and trims to walls
Skill Level Intermediate
Curtain walls are typically made of glazed materials such as glass. But you may want to change the design aspects of a curtain wall inside a space by using some other kinds of materials. You can select the existing panels in a curtain wall and assign other kinds of types of materials to them. And you can also add a door to a curtain wall as well. In this example, we're going to go to floor plans, go to first floor again, and zoom in on the foyer.
We're going to finish this off, and click on the tag and then just kind of zoom in here. Now, what we're going to do first of all is learn how to select a curtain wall panel. There's actually two ways to do that. One is I can use the Tab key and come down until I have the, entire glazed wall selected. When I have that selected, I can, right-click, and then come up to the right click menu and pick Select Panels on Host.
When I click that way, you'll notice that as long as I'm inside a mullion area. We will go ahead and actually pick that panel to be used. I'm going to come over here and just kind of click out. The other way to do is to kind of hang a little bit around Imodium like I am right here and then using the tab key you kind of cycle your way through until you find the curtain panel in the, either way it kind of works.
I find, speed-wise, they're both about the same. So you can take your choice, far as what you feel most comfortable in using. I'll tell you this though, with experience, that sometimes it might be difficult, with other geometry in a way, to pick panels. So if that ends up being the case, if you find it easier to go ahead and actually pick up the entire curtain wall, first, you're probably better off doing that.
Let's go ahead and change the properties on these glass panels down here on the base. To do that I'm going to just go ahead and cycle and pick this one right here. If you notice in Properties, it comes off as a element which is called System Panel Glazed. And it has just a few remarks here. We want to change this from glass to some other kind of material. Now, when you're thinking about materials, remember that we're not talking about brick and concrete within mullions.
Usually, these are thin forms of sheets think like metal or maybe other kinds of glass materials. Something that can be painted acrylic, or you know, whatever. But usually you wouldn't use you know, heavier materials than that. So let's go to edit, and in edit You notice here, we have glazed. We're going to go here and hit duplicate. And we're going to put in bronzed, piano, and press OK.
And where the material is located. Come over here and let's select something that's different. Let's type in bronze and pick it. Press OK and then press OK again. Now this panel should be bronzed. Now since I've already gone ahead and have made this panel, I can go ahead and reuse it again, just by coming in and recycling, and picking this.
Then I can use the Type Selector, basically to go ahead and put in a selection of panels on the bottom here. I'll come over here and pick this one, and do the same thing here, and I'll come over and pick this last one, and do that. So basically, that's how you would switch out. A glass panel for another type of material.
Now, the final thing is to maybe put a door into this space. When we, made the grid and everything we made the grid to fit a doorway. And that's one of the first things that you have to think about. Is if you're going to add a door, make sure that when you line out the grids, that it fits the right size door. Once that is completed, and you have the mullions in place, we can now go ahead and add in a set of glass double doors. What you need to do is download the doors. To do that, we need to go to the door icon on the architectural panel. Click on it, and then go over to load family. Go to finding the doors folder.
And select one of the curtain wall type doors. There's three. There's a double glass. I'm just going to go ahead and select that so you can see what it looks like and press open. And, we already have a version in here so I'm just going to overwrite it. And, now I'm, ready to go ahead and place the, doors. I'm going to hit modify. And, just like I've done in the past, I'm going to basically cycle until I come up with that panel that represents the, the door opening.
Now, with that selected, I come over here to, properties, and I'm going to go up the list. This is a little bit, quirky. And what I'm looking for here is the glass curtain wall, which is right here. I'm going to pick it. It is a part of the glazed panel system, and it's not a door. So remember that. And you'll see it now put in place. And you click and now you have your door.
So, when you are working with curtain walls, you can change the panels from glass to some other kind of material, all you need to do is duplicate the panel. You find the material that you want to use. In most cases, just remember that the materials are usually of a thin type material, Acrylic. Maybe metal or something along that nature. And then you can build your pattern and design based on each individual panel. The other thing about doors is that go ahead and make sure that the grid fits the door and then download the door from the library and when you download the door just remember that it's not actually a door it's part of a glaze panel and sometimes finding it in properties is a little bit tough.
But it should download correctly if you pay attention to what you're doing.