This ArchiCAD training is the first in a three part series on creating custom objects for the ArchiCAD library.
In this 16 minute video, we look at how to create a basic 2D symbol as well as a quick way to save a new 3D object. The basic process is simple: draw or model whatever you’d like to turn into an object, select these elements on the floor plan, then use the File menu > Libraries and Objects > Save Selection As > Object command and give the new object a name.
After a new object is created, it can be made more flexible by adding parameters and editing the GDL script to make it more parametric, allowing it to change with each instance or insertion into the project.
The hotspots or selection handles of new objects are created automatically by ArchiCAD, and by default will include the bounding box corners and geometric center of the element. To optimize these handles, simply draw in your own hotspots on the plan with the hotspot tool, then select these hotspots along with the 2D or 3D elements when you are creating the object.
When you have hotspots included in the selection, you may turn off the bounding box handles by unchecking the Details > Compatibility Options > Bounding Box Hotspots checkbox, then resaving the object. (Note: if you have an object already placed, you may not see the updated symbol until you refresh the view by zooming in or out.)
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