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Accessory Tools

Accessory Tools

Introduction

Overview

This collection of tools provides a wide range of accessories to help enhance the detail of your ArchiCAD Model. The tools automatically attach real objects to the primary construction elements (walls, slabs and roofs). Once they are attached to the construction elements, the accessories add extra detail to the Floor Plan, 3D and Section/Elevation views.

The collection of accessories contains the following tools:

Roof Builder (including Down pipe Object)

Wall Builder (Wall Accessory)

Precast Slab Builder (Slab Accessory)

Foundation Builder (Slab Accessory)

Panel Cutter (for Boolean Operations)

Column Accessories (creates Fluting, Footing and Wrap for ArchiCAD columns)

Installation

To install the Accessories tool on your computer:

1.

  • ACT_11_X_yy_zzz.zip (X = Version Number, yy = Country Code, zzz = Platform) Download the compressed installer and double – click on the .zip file to extract the installer .exe file.

2.

  • ACT_11_X_yy_zzz.exe (X = Version Number, yy = Country Code, zzz = Platform) Double-click on the .exe file to run the installer.

3.

Follow the on – screen instructions to complete the installation.

The installer will create the following files on your hard disk.

Files

Location

Help Files

…\ArchiCAD 11\Help

 

Accessory Tools Add-ons

…\ArchiCAD 11\Add-ons\CadimageTools

Accessory Tools Library

The default

installer

location

is …\ArchiCAD

11\ArchiCAD Library 11, but you can choose any

location for the library.

 

Tips

If you are installing on a network, ensure that you are logged on as System Administrator.

If you placed the library into the ArchiCAD Library 11 the library will be automatically loaded as part of the ArchiCAD Library 11, as it exists in a sub-folder

If you did not install the library to the ArchiCAD Library 11, or have not included the ArchiCAD Library 11 in the loaded libraries, then you will need to Load the Accessory Tools Library separately. See Screen shot

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Accessory Tools Non-Standard Installation If the library was not installed in the ArchiCAD Library 11 folder,

Non-Standard Installation

If the library was not installed in the ArchiCAD Library 11 folder, you will need to load it into the ArchiCAD project.

Accessory Tools Non-Standard Installation If the library was not installed in the ArchiCAD Library 11 folder,

Use the ArchiCAD File – Libraries and Objects menu to open the Library Manager dialog, then browse for the Accessory Tool Library under the Local/LAN tab. Select the library and click the >>Add>> Button. Finally click on the Done button to load the library.

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Using Accessory Tools

The accessory tools add detail to primary ArchiCAD building elements. For example, the Roof accessory tool adds detailed objects to roofs, and the Wall accessory tool adds detailed objects to walls.

To attach Accessory objects to building elements,

  • 1. Select one (or more) slab, wall or roof.

  • 2. From the Design>Design Extras>Accessories menu, choose the appropriate Accessory tool for the element type you have selected.

Accessory Tools Using Accessory Tools The accessory tools add detail to primary ArchiCAD building elements. For
  • 3. Choose an Accessory object from the loaded library.

  • 4. Edit the object’s parameters to model the detail you require.

  • 5. Click OK to attach the Accessory objects to the building elements.

Once you have attached an Accessory object to a building element, you can further edit the object. This can be done graphically (using the object’s dynamic hotspots), or through the Object Settings dialog.

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Roof Builder

Description

Roof Builder uses Graphisoft's Roof Accessory Tool to attach cladding, hips, ridges, valleys, barges, gutters and soffits to Roof elements. Make a change to the roof, and the Accessory object will change with it. Fully accessorize the whole roof with one operation.

It uses a bundle of smart 3D objects, which may also be placed separately, and through an intelligent object interface, gives you the ability to alter the setting of each edge; i.e.: change a ridge or hip into an apron flashing; a valley into an internal gutter.

You have a choice of roofing types (including Tiles, Corrugate, Rib & Shingles), gutter options, flashings and ridge types.

Accessory Tools Roof Builder Description Roof Builder uses Graphisoft's Roof Accessory Tool to attach cladding, hips,

Using the Tool

The process relies on Graphisoft's Accessory Tools. Simply select the ArchiCAD roof (or multiple roofs), and apply the Roof Accessory tool.

To attach Roof Builder objects to a set of ArchiCAD roof elements,

  • 1. Select the ArchiCAD roofs.

Accessory Tools Roof Builder Description Roof Builder uses Graphisoft's Roof Accessory Tool to attach cladding, hips,
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From the Extras menu choose Roof Accessories.
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Accessory Tools If this is the first time you have carried out the process, you may

If this is the first time you have carried out the process, you may need to browse to the library folder where the Roof Builder accessory object was installed (Cadimage Library\Accessories.)

Tip

Changing to Subtype view instead of Folder view will list all of the roof accessory objects together.

  • 1. Select the Roof Builder Object

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Choose the default Roof Type, and the type of Ridge, Hip, Valley, Barge & Gutter to use.

  • 2. Use the menu on the left to navigate to the various pages of the interface. On each page, you can set preferences for the various components of the roof:

    • a. Cladding

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  • b. Gutter

Accessory Tools If this is the first time you have carried out the process, you may
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  • c. Fascia & Soffit

Accessory Tools c. Fascia & Soffit d. Barge & Soffit End e. Hip/Ridge f. Flashings Page:
  • d. Barge & Soffit End

Accessory Tools c. Fascia & Soffit d. Barge & Soffit End e. Hip/Ridge f. Flashings Page:
  • e. Hip/Ridge

Accessory Tools c. Fascia & Soffit d. Barge & Soffit End e. Hip/Ridge f. Flashings Page:
  • f. Flashings

Accessory Tools c. Fascia & Soffit d. Barge & Soffit End e. Hip/Ridge f. Flashings Page:
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  • g. Downpipe

Accessory Tools g. Downpipe h. Appearance Choose pens, fills and other options for the appearance of
  • h. Appearance

Accessory Tools g. Downpipe h. Appearance Choose pens, fills and other options for the appearance of

Choose pens, fills and other options for the appearance of the object in plan view and 3D (see RoofBuilder\Floor Plan Appearance).

  • 3. Click on OK and an Accessory object will be added to each selected Roof element.

Accessory Tools g. Downpipe h. Appearance Choose pens, fills and other options for the appearance of
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Editing Roof Builder Objects

If you need to override the default settings for any roof segment, select the roof accessory, and double click the object tool to open the Roof Builder objects settings.

Accessory Tools Editing Roof Builder Objects If you need to override the default settings for any

Tip

In Floor Plan, the gutter line is a hot edge to make selection easier.

Edges

Each edge of the Roof Builder object takes a default type when the object is placed. For example, a horizontal edge at the bottom of the roof will take a spouting/gutter. Hips, valleys, ridges and barges are also assigned to edges depending on their orientation.

The tool’s default settings will assign the correct edge types for standard hip or gable end roofs. However for roofs butting into upper floor walls, or single pitch roofs, some of the edges may need to be adjusted.

Accessory Tools Editing Roof Builder Objects If you need to override the default settings for any

In the example, walls extend up through the roof plane. As a result, the roof edge types around these walls need to change (Barge to Apron, and Gutter to Apron Gutter).

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  • 1. Click on the Edit Edges menu item.

Accessory Tools 1. Click on the Edit Edges menu item. The preview picture shows the edges

The preview picture shows the edges of the selected roof plane.

  • 2. Use the Edit Edge menu to select one of the roof edges.

  • 3. Select a different Edge Type from the menu.

Accessory Tools 1. Click on the Edit Edges menu item. The preview picture shows the edges
  • 4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 for any other edges that need changing.

Repeat for any other roof planes that need custom edge types.

Accessory Tools 1. Click on the Edit Edges menu item. The preview picture shows the edges

Tip

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Each roof edge can also be adjusted dynamically in 3d.
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The default position of the hotspot is in towards the roof (0º.)

o The default position of the hotspot is in towards the roof (0º.) o If this

o

If this is rotated down (90º) the edge turns into a barge (for hip or ridge) or a valley gutter (for valleys.)

o The default position of the hotspot is in towards the roof (0º.) o If this

o

Rotating it out (180º) turns the edge off

o The default position of the hotspot is in towards the roof (0º.) o If this

o

Rotating it up (270º) turns the edge into an apron flashing.

Accessory Tools o The default position of the hotspot is in towards the roof (0º.) o
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Floor Plan Appearance

The Roof Builder object can be set to display differently on different stories. For example, you might want to set up the floor plan appearance in different stories to give

full detail in stories above the object’s home story (to produce a roof plan). dashed outline
full detail in stories above the object’s home story (to produce a roof plan).
dashed outline & downpipes in the object’s home story (to produce a floor plan).
downpipes only in stories below the object’s home story (to produce a site/drainage plan).

Choose the pen and visibility of the floor plan lines for the Home Story (the story on which the roof accessory is placed) and stories Above and Below.

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Accessory Tools To remove a line, set the pen to 0. The Fill Pattern can either

To remove a line, set the pen to 0.

The Fill Pattern can either be a Calculated fill pattern (using the actual cladding type and dimensions), or you can use a regular ArchiCAD fill.

Tips

To define the accessory home story, open the Object Settings dialog and select from the list.
To define the accessory home story, open the Object Settings dialog and select from the list.
Set up view sets to automatically select the story, layers and scale for your plans.

Dynamic Editing

In addition to dialog editing, the Roof Builder object provides dynamic hotspots for graphic editing options. Items that can be edited graphically include

downpipes

soffits

mitres for roofs with different pitch

cladding setout

edge type (see RoofBuilder\Editing Roof Builder Objects\Edges\Tip)

Downpipes

You can edit a Roof Builder object dynamically to add downpipes to any length of gutter.

  • 1. Select the Roof Builder object you want to edit.

2. Move the dynamic hotspot from the end of the gutter to the position you want
2.
Move the dynamic hotspot from the end of the gutter to the position you want the downpipe to
appear.
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Accessory Tools 3. If necessary, stretch the depth of the downpipe using the dynamic hotspot near
  • 3. If necessary, stretch the depth of the downpipe using the dynamic hotspot near the wall.

Accessory Tools 3. If necessary, stretch the depth of the downpipe using the dynamic hotspot near
  • 4. In 3D, you can also stretch the length, location and toe length of each down pipe.

Accessory Tools 3. If necessary, stretch the depth of the downpipe using the dynamic hotspot near

Placing 3D downpipes on your model provides greater realism, and helps to identify and resolve design issues. The downpipes can show up on roof plans and drainage plans

To remove the down pipe, simply move the hotspot back to the end of the gutter.

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Soffits

The depth of the soffit can be edited using the dynamic hotspot in the middle of the soffit.

Accessory Tools Soffits The depth of the soffit can be edited using the dynamic hotspot in

Roofs with Different Pitch

When intersecting roofs have the same pitch, the gutters will miter correctly.

Accessory Tools Soffits The depth of the soffit can be edited using the dynamic hotspot in

If the roof pitches differ, however, the miters will need to be adjusted.

Accessory Tools Soffits The depth of the soffit can be edited using the dynamic hotspot in

The end angles can be edited via dynamic hotspots showing End Angle. Moving the dynamic hotspot onto the edge of the adjoining roof will miter the gutters together correctly

Accessory Tools Soffits The depth of the soffit can be edited using the dynamic hotspot in

You will need to adjust the mitres on both adjoining roof planes.

Tip

As you adjust the mitres, the edge types may automatically change. In the example above, the
As you adjust the mitres, the edge types may automatically change. In the example above, the barge
ends automatically change to hips.
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Cladding Setout

There is a dynamic hotspot in the centre of the roof that will adjust where the cladding and purlins or battens are laid out from.

Accessory Tools Cladding Setout There is a dynamic hotspot in the centre of the roof that
Accessory Tools Cladding Setout There is a dynamic hotspot in the centre of the roof that
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Wall Builder

The Wall Accessory tool allows you to apply claddings (sidings) and trims to ArchiCAD walls.

A range of claddings is available, including Bevel Back and Scalloped Weatherboards, Board & Batten cladding, Brick Veneer, Plaster/Substrate claddings, Panels, Logs and Corrugated iron. Different claddings can be placed above and below windows, and at different levels on the wall.

Sills and trims can be placed around openings, at wall intersections, and between changes in cladding types.

Accessory Tools Wall Builder The Wall Accessory tool allows you to apply claddings (sidings) and trims

This tool adds 3D detail to the walls, enhancing Floor Plan, Elevation & Section drawings, and adding realism to 3D views.

Accessory Tools Wall Builder The Wall Accessory tool allows you to apply claddings (sidings) and trims
Accessory Tools Wall Builder The Wall Accessory tool allows you to apply claddings (sidings) and trims

Attaching a Wall Accessory to a Wall

To attach a Wall Builder object to selected walls:

  • 1. Select the walls in Floor Plan.

  • 2. Choose Wall Accessories from the Extras/Accessories menu.

Accessory Tools Wall Builder The Wall Accessory tool allows you to apply claddings (sidings) and trims
  • 3. Select the Wall Builder object. You may need to browse to the library folder where the Wall Builder accessory object was installed (Cadimage Libraries\Accessories).

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Accessory Tools Available settings are discussed below. 5. Click OK , and then click to indicate

Available settings are discussed below.

  • 5. Click OK, and then click to indicate on which face of the wall you want to apply the cladding.

Accessory Tools Available settings are discussed below. 5. Click OK , and then click to indicate
Accessory Tools Available settings are discussed below. 5. Click OK , and then click to indicate
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Setting Up Cladding Types

Accessory Tools Setting Up Cladding Types In the Object Settings dialog, you can define up to

In the Object Settings dialog, you can define up to 5 different cladding types. Usually you will only need one or two different cladding types for any given wall.

To edit one of the Cladding types, click on the corresponding menu item at the left of the interface.

Tip

For each cladding type, extra data is stored to define how it behaves at corners etc. You can access that extra data using the Tabs along the top of the interface. Click on the Cladding tab to set up the Cladding Types.

Cladding Type

Accessory Tools Setting Up Cladding Types In the Object Settings dialog, you can define up to

Choose one of the available Cladding Types from the graphic selection field. As soon as you select a Cladding Type, a set of dimensions is displayed. For example, the Weatherboard cladding

displays Air Space, Angle, Board Width, Board Thickness and Board Cover. The dimensions for each cladding

type are outlined below. You can give a Name to each cladding type. This name is used when designing your cladding Setout.

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Generic

Accessory Tools Generic This is a Generic , flat board. It provides an air space in

This is a Generic, flat board. It provides an air space in section, and the base and top can step down to model the cladding more accurately than a regular ArchiCAD wall.

Air Space

Space between the wall and the cladding

Skin Thickness

Thickness of the generic cladding

Bricks/Blocks

Accessory Tools Generic This is a Generic , flat board. It provides an air space in

The Bricks/Blocks option is a flat profile with lines to indicate a brick/block setout.

Air Space

Space between the wall and the bricks/blocks

Brick Length

Length of each brick/block including mortar

Brick Height

Height of each course of bricks/blocks

Brick Thickness

Thickness of the brick/block cladding

Offset Rows by

The amount by which consecutive courses of bricks/blocks are offset. Setting this parameter to zero will align the bricks/blocks.

Angle

The angle at which to lay the bricks/blocks – normally set to zero.

Set out bricks from

see Cladding Setout

Weatherboard

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This option creates 3D Weatherboards. If the Model Complexity is set to Regular, the boards are cut out of a single block to reduce the number of polygons. If the Model Complexity is set to Extra Detail, each board is modelled separately.

Air Space

Space between the wall and the weatherboards

Board Width

The total width of a weatherboard

Board Thickness

The thickness of a weatherboard

Board Cover

The distance between consecutive weatherboards

Angle

The angle to run the weatherboards up the wall. Set this to zero for horizontal boards.

Set out boards from

see Cladding Setout

Board & Batten

Accessory Tools This option creates 3D Weatherboards . If the Model Complexity is set to Regular

Air Space

Space between the wall and the cladding

Board Thickness

The thickness of the board

Angle

The angle to run the battens up the wall. Set this to 90º for vertical battens

Batten Width

The width of a batten

Batten Thickness

The thickness of a batten

Batten spacing

The distance between batten centres

Set out battens from

see Cladding Setout

Note that, for vertical Board & Batten cladding, the horizontal position of the battens can be adjusted using the Set out battens from parameter. The position of the battens is measured from the project origin.

Shiplap

Accessory Tools This option creates 3D Weatherboards . If the Model Complexity is set to Regular
Air Space Board Width Space between the wall and the boards The total width of a
Air Space
Board Width
Space between the wall and the boards
The total width of a board
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Board Thickness

The thickness of a board

Board Cover

The distance between consecutive boards

Angle

The angle to run the boards up the wall. Set this to zero to model rusticated weatherboards, or 90º for vertical shiplap

Set out boards from

see Cladding Setout

Panels

Accessory Tools Board Thickness The thickness of a board Board Cover The distance between consecutive boards

Air Space

Space between the wall and the panels

Panel Thickness

The thickness of the panels

Angle

The angle to run the panels up the wall. Set this to zero for a horizontal panel setout

Panel Width

The width of the panels

Panel Height

The height of the panels

Set out panels from

see Cladding Setout

Accessory Tools Board Thickness The thickness of a board Board Cover The distance between consecutive boards

The joints between the panels can be set to a different material than the panels. To do this, you need to set the Model Complexity to Extra Detail. The joints will then take the material of the wall surface.

Corrugate

Accessory Tools Board Thickness The thickness of a board Board Cover The distance between consecutive boards
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Air Space

Space between the wall and the corrugated iron

Profile Depth

Depth of the ribs

Profile Width

Distance between consecutive ribs

Angle

The angle to run the boards up the wall. Set this to zero to model rusticated weatherboards, or 90º for vertical shiplap

Logs

Accessory Tools Air Space Space between the wall and the corrugated iron Profile Depth Depth of

Air Space

Space between the wall and the logs

Log Height

Height of the logs

Log Thickness

Thickness of the log cladding

Angle

The angle to run the logs up the wall. Set this to zero for horizontal logs, or 90º for vertical logs

Set out logs from

see Cladding Setout

Vinyl Weatherboards

Accessory Tools Air Space Space between the wall and the corrugated iron Profile Depth Depth of

Air Space

Space between the wall and the vinyl weatherboards

Board Cover

Width of the vinyl weatherboards

Board Thickness

Thickness of the vinyl weatherboards

Angle

The angle to run the vinyl weatherboards up the wall. Set this to zero for horizontal boards.

Set out boards from

see Cladding Setout

Setout Origin

Many of the cladding types allow you to choose a method for setting out the cladding units.

For example, weatherboards could be set out from the base of the wall. This works well
For example, weatherboards could be set out from the base of the wall. This works well for ground floor walls, but
what happens when the cladding needs to extend up into a second story?
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Accessory Tools If the WallBuilder object were to simply start placing the boards from the base

If the WallBuilder object were to simply start placing the boards from the base of the walls, there would be a mismatch between the two stories. The second story walls would, in effect, re-start the setout, resulting in an ugly line through the building where the claddings meet.

Accessory Tools If the WallBuilder object were to simply start placing the boards from the base

To match the board set-out for all walls, you need to choose a common start point (then ‘set-out origin’).

You could set out the boards from the project origin on the ground floor, but this is not sufficiently flexible, as the cladding rarely starts at Project Zero height. An offset parameter is provided to give the necessary adjustment.

For example, imagine setting out weatherboards for a 2-story house. Say that the ground floor walls are set up to drop 150mm below the ArchiCAD walls, which are based at Project Zero height.

Accessory Tools If the WallBuilder object were to simply start placing the boards from the base

We want to start with a whole board, so set the Set out boards from parameter to -150mm above ‘0. Ground Floor’. Now every wall will set out its boards from the same height.

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Accessory Tools Materials Click on the Materials menu item to set the material for each cladding

Materials

Accessory Tools Materials Click on the Materials menu item to set the material for each cladding

Click on the Materials menu item to set the material for each cladding type.

Tip: Linking Materials

The chain-link checkbox allows you to change multiple materials simultaneously. Say if three materials are set to Pine. If you now change one of them to Cedar, the other two will also change to Cedar. To change materials individually, de-activate the checkbox.

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Attaching Multiple Claddings to a Wall

A maximum of one Wall Accessory object can be attached to each face of the wall. However, each Wall Builder object allows you to attach multiple cladding types, by breaking the wall into rectangular regions. A different cladding type can be attached to each region.

When using the Wall Builder object, think of the wall as being split into 5 distinct types of Region.

Above Openings

The areas above any wall openings.

Below Openings

The areas below any wall openings.

Above Head Height

The area above the height set by the Head Height parameter.

Below Sill Height

The area below the height set by the Sill Height parameter.

Above Sill Height

The area between Sill Height and Head Height.

These Cladding Regions are shown schematically on the Setout page.

Accessory Tools Attaching Multiple Claddings to a Wall A maximum of one Wall Accessory object can

On the Setout page, each Cladding Region is linked to a Cladding Type field, that contains a list of the Cladding Types you set up previously (see Setting Up Cladding Types). Click on the arrow to select a Cladding type from the list.

Accessory Tools Attaching Multiple Claddings to a Wall A maximum of one Wall Accessory object can

You can choose a different Cladding Type for each Region, or attach the same Cladding Type to several Regions.

For example, you can attach ‘Brick’ to all regions below the Sill Height. Another common example is to apply a light cladding above openings in a brick wall.

If you want to get more adventurous, you can experiment with attaching different claddings to each of the 5 regions.

Tip: Weatherproofing

One practical consideration when using more than one cladding type on a single wall, is, how to weatherproof the junction between the claddings? Usually, weatherproofing is achieved using a specially designed flashing or sill. The WallBuilder allows you to add generic joints between adjacent claddings (see Adding Trims).

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Adding Trims

Each Cladding Type needs to be told what to do at its ends. Should it place a corner trim or simply mitre the boards? Where the cladding type changes on a wall, should a cover board or flashing be used?

Accessory Tools Adding Trims Each Cladding Type needs to be told what to do at its

For each Cladding Type, there are 5 tabs across the top of the page. Each tab is used to instruct the Cladding Type how to handle these situations. There are separate instructions for

Cladding type - this is discussed above (see WallBuilder\Setting Up Cladding Types)

External corners

Internal corners

Butt Ends (if the cladding end is square)

Change in Cladding Type.

Click on each of the tabs to set up the behaviour of the cladding for each situation.

External Corners

Accessory Tools Adding Trims Each Cladding Type needs to be told what to do at its

External corners can occur at the ends of walls. Choose from a selection of generic trim types to apply in this situation, or choose ‘Mitre’ to simply mitre the cladding without including a trim. If a trim is selected, you will be presented with a set of fields to enter values for its position and dimensions.

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Internal Corners

Accessory Tools Internal Corners Internal corners can occur at the ends of walls, or where other

Internal corners can occur at the ends of walls, or where other walls. Choose from a selection of generic trim types to apply in this situation, or choose ‘Mitre’ to simply mitre the cladding without including a trim. If a trim is selected, you will be presented with a set of fields to enter values for its position and dimensions.

Butt Ends

Accessory Tools Internal Corners Internal corners can occur at the ends of walls, or where other

Butt Ends occur where the end of the wall is not mitred.

Change of Cladding

Accessory Tools Internal Corners Internal corners can occur at the ends of walls, or where other

A Change of Cladding will occur between any two cladding types that have a vertical interface.

Accessory Tools Internal Corners Internal corners can occur at the ends of walls, or where other
In the case of a cladding change, only one of the claddings needs to be trimmed.
In the case of a cladding change, only one of the claddings needs to be trimmed. If both are trimmed, two trims will
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Tip

To set the trim position relative to the surface of the wall or cladding, see Trim Offsets.

Horizontal Trims

Accessory Tools Tip To set the trim position relative to the surface of the wall or

Click on the Horizontal Trims menu item to add horizontal trims. These trims can be applied to the wall top and

base, and at Sill Height and Head Height.

For each position, click on the corresponding tab, then choose the type of trim to apply.

Accessory Tools Tip To set the trim position relative to the surface of the wall or

Parameters for each trim type provide control over the size and position of the trim. The checkbox controls which trims are to be displayed in the plan view.

Tips

Horizontal trims do not attach to claddings Under Openings or Above Openings. You can set the
Horizontal trims do not attach to claddings Under Openings or Above Openings.
You can set the Sill Height and Head Height dynamically in the 3D or Section/Elevation view.
To set the trim position relative to the surface of the wall or cladding, see Trim Offsets.
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Materials

Accessory Tools Materials Choose materials for the horizontal trims. Tip: Linking Materials If the Link Button

Choose materials for the horizontal trims.

Tip: Linking Materials

If the Link Button is depressed when you change a material, all matching materials will automatically update. This allows you to quickly change batches of materials.

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Trims around Openings

Wall Builder will place trims around door and window openings. Click on the Openings tab to edit the trims around openings. You can apply different trims to the opening Head,

Jambs and Sill.

Tip

To set the trim positions relative to the surface of the wall or cladding, see Trim Offsets.

Setting Margins

Accessory Tools Trims around Openings Wall Builder will place trims around door and window openings. Click

You can offset the trims and/or claddings back from the edges of the openings. In the Cladding Margins column, independently offset the cladding edges from the opening edges. Note that the fields can only be accessed if the Align cladding to: parameter is set to Custom. In the Trim Margins column, enter the trim offsets for each edge type (head, sill, left jamb, right jamb).

You can automatically Align the cladding to either the inside or outside edge of the trims. Alternatively, you can set custom values for the cladding offsets.

The Lowest sill height to clad under: parameter allows you to remove cladding below openings near the bottom of the wall.

Head Trim

Accessory Tools Trims around Openings Wall Builder will place trims around door and window openings. Click

Click on the Head tab to add a head trim to the openings. There are 2 basic profiles for the head trim, or you can choose to have no head trim. Choose a profile and set the dimensions.

In the Extend Ends parameter, set the distance to extend the head trim ends beyond the opening. The jamb trim can also provide a trim to the window head – see Jamb Trim.

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Jamb Trim

Accessory Tools Jamb Trim Click on the Jamb tab to add jamb trims to the openings.

Click on the Jamb tab to add jamb trims to the openings. The available profile is a generic block. You can adjust its dimensions.

The jamb trim can wrap around the head and sill of the openings.

Apply to Head will wrap the jamb trim around the Head. Apply to Sill will wrap
Apply to Head will wrap the jamb trim around the Head.
Apply to Sill will wrap the jamb trim around the Sill.
Sill

Click on the Sill tab to add sills to the openings. The parameter settings are similar to the Head trim. In the Extend Ends parameter, set the distance to extend the sill ends beyond the opening.

No sills will be placed to openings that extend below the height set in the No Sills Below parameter. This can be useful if you want to attach sills to windows but not doors.

The jamb trim can also provide a trim to the window sill – see Jamb Trim.

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Materials

Accessory Tools Materials Set the materials for all the opening trims on the Materials tab. Tip:

Set the materials for all the opening trims on the Materials tab.

Tip: Linking Materials

If the Link Button is depressed when you change a material, all matching materials will automatically update. This allows you to quickly change batches of materials.

Trim Offsets

Each trim (trims for claddings, horizontal trims, or trims around openings) can be offset from a known reference point. The reference point can be either the face of the wall or the face of the cladding. For example, window trims may extend back to touch the wall while corner trims may be placed on top of the cladding.

Accessory Tools Materials Set the materials for all the opening trims on the Materials tab. Tip:

To offset a trim from a known reference point;

Offset by – sets the space between the trim and the reference point.

from the – selects the reference point (either Wall or Cladding).

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Changing the Wall Shape

Accessory Tools Changing the Wall Shape The top or bottom of a Wall element can be

The top or bottom of a Wall element can be modified by trimming it to a roof.

When the Wall Builder object is attached to a wall, you can choose the shape of the top and bottom edges of the cladding. For both the top and the bottom edge, you can choose options like ‘Follow Wall’ and ‘Flat’. There is also a ‘Custom’ option that allows you to make a custom shape that does not follow the wall shape at all.

This control over the top and bottom edges of the wall allows you to model situations where the cladding gets cut around roofs and other building elements.

Top Shape

On the General page, select a Wall Top Shape.

Accessory Tools Changing the Wall Shape The top or bottom of a Wall element can be

Each shape defines the cladding top shape. The shape can be modified using the dimension parameters.

Follow Wall

Accessory Tools Changing the Wall Shape The top or bottom of a Wall element can be

The cladding top shape will follow the wall top shape exactly.

Accessory Tools Changing the Wall Shape The top or bottom of a Wall element can be
The Offset Down parameter will offset the cladding top edge down from the wall top edge.
The Offset Down parameter will offset the cladding top edge down from the wall top edge.
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Accessory Tools Flat The cladding top shape will be horizontal, irrespective of the wall top shape.

Flat

Accessory Tools Flat The cladding top shape will be horizontal, irrespective of the wall top shape.

The cladding top shape will be horizontal, irrespective of the wall top shape.

Accessory Tools Flat The cladding top shape will be horizontal, irrespective of the wall top shape.

Set the cladding height using the Cladding Height parameter.

Max Height

Accessory Tools Flat The cladding top shape will be horizontal, irrespective of the wall top shape.

The cladding shape will follow the wall top up to a maximum height.

Accessory Tools Flat The cladding top shape will be horizontal, irrespective of the wall top shape.
You can offset the whole cladding top shape down by setting the Offset Down parameter. Page:
You can offset the whole cladding top shape down by setting the Offset Down parameter.
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Custom

Accessory Tools Custom Choosing Custom allows you to create a custom shape for the top edge

Choosing Custom allows you to create a custom shape for the top edge of the cladding.

The top edge is modelled using dynamic hotspots. It is recommended that this is done in a Section window parallel to the wall cladding.

Dynamic hotspots at each vertex of the top shape allow you to stretch the vertex to a new position.

Dynamic hotspots at each vertex of the top shape allow you to stretch the vertex to

Dynamic hotspots at the midpoint of each edge of the top shape allow you to create new vertices.

Dynamic hotspots at each vertex of the top shape allow you to stretch the vertex to

Drag one vertex hotspot onto another to remove vertices between them.

Accessory Tools Custom Choosing Custom allows you to create a custom shape for the top edge

Base Shape

Accessory Tools Custom Choosing Custom allows you to create a custom shape for the top edge
The options for the cladding Base Shape and Top Shape are similar. The main difference is
The options for the cladding Base Shape and Top Shape are similar. The main difference is that for the Base
Shape, the Margin dimension measures down from the wall base.
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Wall Ends

Intersecting Two Different Cladding Types

When two different cladding types meet at a corner, you may want to run one cladding long and butt the other into it.

Accessory Tools Wall Ends Intersecting Two Different Cladding Types When two different cladding types meet at

To achieve this, use the dynamic hotspots to extend the wall claddings and to adjust their mitre angles.

Rotate the cladding mitre angles so they are parallel to the adjacent walls. Extend the claddings
Rotate the cladding mitre angles so they are parallel to the adjacent walls.
Extend the claddings to meet at the corner.
Accessory Tools Wall Ends Intersecting Two Different Cladding Types When two different cladding types meet at

Wall End Tool

Wall accessories cannot be attached to free wall ends. Instead, use the Wall End Tool. The Wall Builder Wall End object attaches to a wall end. It mimics the Wall Builder accessory object. To place a Wall End, double-click on the Wall End tool in the ArchiCAD toolbox.

Transferring Parameters

ArchiCAD provides a way to transfer parameters from object A to object B. First, you Alt-Click on object A to copy its parameters. Then you Ctrl-Alt-Click to paste the parameters to object B.

For wall accessories, this approach presents some difficulties. The problems with the standard approach to transferring parameters include:

all of the parameters in object B are changed. For wall accessories, you might have spent some time in adjusting offsets, mitres, or even the top and base shapes. You don’t want all that work to be undone. All you want is to transfer the parameters that define the claddings and trims.

you have to transfer the parameters to each object by clicking on the object. Typically you
you have to transfer the parameters to each object by clicking on the object. Typically you will have a
large number of wall accessories in a project, and it would take a long time to transfer the parameters
to each one.
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the parameters cannot be transferred to wall end objects, or between curved and straight wall

accessory objects. To transfer parameters more efficiently, an Export/Import function has been added to the Wall Builder object.

Open Object A’s Settings Dialog and go to the General page. Use the Export button to
Open Object A’s Settings Dialog and go to the General page. Use the Export button to store only
the cladding and trim data from object A.
Open Object B’s Settings Dialog. Use the Import button to apply the cladding and trims data to
Object B.
Accessory Tools the parameters cannot be transferred to wall end objects, or between curved and straight

Tip

You can apply the stored settings to multiple objects. Simply select the objects, open the Object Settings dialog, and click on the Import button. All the objects will be updated with the stored claddings and trims.

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Precast Slab Builder

Description

This accessory is used to apply different pre-cast slab profiles to a selected slab.

Using the Tool

  • 1. Select the slab

  • 2. Select the Slab Accessories from the Design>Design Extras>Accessories menu.

Accessory Tools Precast Slab Builder Description This accessory is used to apply different pre-cast slab profiles
  • 3. Select the Precast Slab Builder object and select the profile you want to use.

Accessory Tools Precast Slab Builder Description This accessory is used to apply different pre-cast slab profiles

The dimensions of the profile can be set by way of standard sizes in the Preset Size menu, or by selecting Custom and entering specific dimensions.

Once placed, the profile can be edited via the Object Settings.

Accessory Tools Precast Slab Builder Description This accessory is used to apply different pre-cast slab profiles
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The direction and origin of the pre-cast members can be updated using the dynamic hotspots on the floor plan.

Accessory Tools The direction and origin of the pre-cast members can be updated using the dynamic
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Foundation Builder

Description

This new version of the concrete footing accessory allows you to place a different concrete footing/foundation profile along each edge of your slab.

Using the Tool

  • 1. Select a floor slab in the plan view.

  • 2. Select the Slab Accessories from the Design>Design Extras>Accessories menu.

Accessory Tools Foundation Builder Description This new version of the concrete footing accessory allows you to

If this is the first time you have carried out this process, you may need to browse to the library folder where the Foundation Builder accessory object was installed (CadimageTools Library\Accessories).

  • 3. Select the Foundation Builder object.

  • 4. From this tabbed interface you can set the Profile and Appearance parameters.

    • a. Under the Profiles tab, set up the shape and dimensions of any foundation profile you might need. You will later attach these profiles to individual slab edges under the Edit Edges tab, but this can only be done after the accessory tool has placed the objects.

Accessory Tools Foundation Builder Description This new version of the concrete footing accessory allows you to

Up to 5 different foundation profiles can be defined for a single slab.

  • b. Under the Appearance tab, choose pens, fills and line types for use in plan and section. Settings can be configured both for the Home Story (the story in which the object was placed) and the Other Story (any other story in which the object will appear as set in the Show On drop-down in the Object Settings dialog).

Accessory Tools Foundation Builder Description This new version of the concrete footing accessory allows you to
Remember to ensure that the ‘Use Symbol Colors’ and ‘Use Symbol Linetypes’ are both checked. ©
Remember to ensure that the ‘Use Symbol Colors’ and ‘Use Symbol Linetypes’ are both checked.
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Accessory Tools c. Click the OK button. The Foundation Builder object will be placed, and the
  • c. Click the OK button.

The Foundation Builder object will be placed, and the outline of the slab stored in the object. From here the individual edges can be edited.

Editing Edges

To edit the Foundation Builder select the object and open the Object Settings dialog.

Accessory Tools c. Click the OK button. The Foundation Builder object will be placed, and the

First, configure the foundation profiles that your slab requires (up to five different profiles). You can copy and paste parameter settings from one profile to another. so you can easily make new profiles (eg a profile is identical to a previous except the height is greater.

Then select the Edit Edges tab and assign a profile to each edge.

Selecting Edges

Accessory Tools c. Click the OK button. The Foundation Builder object will be placed, and the

To select an edge or edges, type the corresponding number, or a range of numbers (3-7) into the Select Edges field.

Accessory Tools c. Click the OK button. The Foundation Builder object will be placed, and the
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You can select multiple edges by typing a list of numbers or number ranges separated by commas.

Accessory Tools You can select multiple edges by typing a list of numbers or number ranges

Changing the Edge Profile

Having selected an edge or a set of edges, choose a foundation profile to apply to those edges.

Accessory Tools You can select multiple edges by typing a list of numbers or number ranges

While working at this level, key dimensions of the profile can also be edited on-the-fly.

Tip: Stepped Foundations

If you need to change the foundation profile along an edge (say to form a stepped foundation for a sloping site), use ArchiCAD’s slab tool to add another node point on the slab edge.

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Panel Cutter

Description

This simple ArchiCAD object is designed to be used with ArchiCAD’s Solid Element Operations, to apply profiles to vertical surfaces of a wall. It can apply effects such as a pre-cast concrete panel to a standard ArchiCAD wall.

For information on how to carry out Solid Element Operations, refer to the ArchiCAD help file.

Setout

Select the object tool & browse to the Accessories folder (in the Cadimage Tools Library).

Accessory Tools Panel Cutter Description This simple ArchiCAD object is designed to be used with ArchiCAD’s

Set the basic height and length of the object, and the size of the repeating pattern of vertical and horizontal cutters.

Horizontal Cuts

Accessory Tools Panel Cutter Description This simple ArchiCAD object is designed to be used with ArchiCAD’s

The horizontal cut pattern must fit within the repeating pattern height. Choose the Number of Cuts, and set the position of each cut.

The position of the first cut is measured from the start of the pattern. The position of the final cut is measured from the end of the pattern. The position of each remaining cut is determined by setting the distance between adjacent cuts.

Use the check box beside each dimension if you want to set its value. If the checkbox is turned off, the dimension will be calculated automatically.

Choose to Set Out Cuts from either the center, top or bottom.

Once you have configured the parameters click the Calculate Positions button to calculate the individual position of each horizontal cutter.

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Vertical Cuts

Accessory Tools Vertical Cuts The vertical cut pattern must fit within the repeating pattern length. Choose

The vertical cut pattern must fit within the repeating pattern length. Choose the Number of Cuts, and set the position of each cut.

The position of the first cut is measured from the start of the pattern. The position of the final cut is measured from the end of the pattern. The position of each remaining cut is determined by setting the distance between adjacent cuts.

Use the check box beside each dimension if you want to set its value. If the checkbox is turned off, the dimension will be calculated automatically.

Choose to Set Out Cuts from either the end or center.

Once you have configured the parameters click the Calculate Positions button to calculate the individual position of each vertical cutter.

Profiles

Define the Cut profiles for both the vertical and horizontal cutters. The object includes three generic cutter profiles.

Accessory Tools Vertical Cuts The vertical cut pattern must fit within the repeating pattern length. Choose

If you have the 3D Profiler library, you can also choose to Use Profiler in which case the standard Profiler interface will appear, allowing selection from the Profile library.

Accessory Tools Vertical Cuts The vertical cut pattern must fit within the repeating pattern length. Choose
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Dynamic Editing

Once the object has been placed all the cutters can be individually and dynamically adjusted in the 3d Window.

Accessory Tools Dynamic Editing Once the object has been placed all the cutters can be individually

Cutting Wall Panels

Accessory Tools Dynamic Editing Once the object has been placed all the cutters can be individually

Having placed the object you can now position it and use it as an ‘operator’ in a Solid Element Operation.

Accessory Tools Dynamic Editing Once the object has been placed all the cutters can be individually

Use the subtraction method to use the object to cut into the wall. You will need to manage layers so you can show the wall and not the panel cutter object.

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Column Accessories

The column accessory attaches objects to an ArchiCAD column.

Using the Column Accessory

Attaching an Accessory

To attach an accessory to a set of columns:

  • 1. Select a set of columns.

  • 2. Choose Column Accessories from the Design>Design Extras menu.

Accessory Tools Column Accessories The column accessory attaches objects to an ArchiCAD column. Using the Column
  • 3. Set the object parameters and click OK.

  • 4. Edit the accessory object dynamically as required.

Special Techniques

Some special features have been built into the Column Accessory to make it easier to use.

Unlike wall, roof and slab accessories, multiple accessory objects can be applied to a column.

As a result, a number of relatively simple objects can be attached to a column to achieve a complex décor.

The Column Accessory tool can be used in Section/Elevation and 3D windows.

When using the tool in Section/Elevation, the window will re-build after every change. It is recommended that you hide all layers that are not required while working with Column Accessories in Sections or Elevations, to avoid excessive re-build times.

You can drag a copy of /multiply a column including its accessories. To do this, select the column and all its accessory objects, then drag/multiply the selection.

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Column Fluting

This object places a straight or tapered skin, with parallel, vertical flutes cut into it, around the column.

Accessory Tools Column Fluting This object places a straight or tapered skin, with parallel, vertical flutes

Set the skin thickness at the top and base of the skin (Top Thickness and Base Thickness).

You can set the skin’s offset from the column top (Top Space). If Locked, this dimension will remain fixed even when the column height is adjusted.

You can also set the skin’s offset from the column base (Base Height). If Locked, this dimension will remain fixed even when the column height is adjusted.

Alternatively, you can unlock one or other of the Top Space or Base Height, and set the skin’s Height. This will leave the skin the same height even when the column height is adjusted.

Column Footing

This object simply places a footing under the column.

Accessory Tools Column Fluting This object places a straight or tapered skin, with parallel, vertical flutes

Choose from either a round or rectangular footing, and set the dimensions.

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Column Wrap

The Column Wrap object wraps a profile around the column.

Plan Shape

Accessory Tools Column Wrap The Column Wrap object wraps a profile around the column. Plan Shape

The profile can wrap around the column in various ways – the shape does not necessarily match that of the column. Choose the wrapping method under Plan Shape.

Accessory Tools Column Wrap The Column Wrap object wraps a profile around the column. Plan Shape

Set the thickness of the profile.

Profile

Accessory Tools Column Wrap The Column Wrap object wraps a profile around the column. Plan Shape

On the Profile page, set the profile shape and dimensions. The total height of the wrapped profile, and its position, is set using the three parameters Top Space, Height &

Base Height.

The Base Height and/or Top Space can be Locked. If this is the case, these dimensions will remain fixed even if the height of the column is adjusted. If one or other of these dimensions is not Locked, the wrap Height will remain fixed. If both are Locked, the wrap Height will adjust to fit between the top and base.

Choose a Top Shape and Bottom Shape for the wrapped profile, and set the Shape Widths
Choose a Top Shape and Bottom Shape for the wrapped profile, and set the Shape Widths and Heights.
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