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Week #17 – Complex Modeling
17-2. Complex Profiles

ArchiCAD Training (Best Practices Lesson 17-2)

In this ArchiCAD training we will progressively explore Complex Profiles, a basic building block of ArchiCAD’s modeling tools. Profiles may be designated for use as Walls, Beams and/or Columns. They are defined using the Design menu > Complex Profiles > Profile Manager, and may be created from scratch or adapted from elements already placed into the model.

In the 16 minute introductory lesson, I explain the basic concepts and show how to select, edit and create complex profiles. Modifications made to the definition of the profile and Stored (similar to “Saved”) are instantly seen in the floor plan, 3D window and Section views of the corresponding elements.

In the 70 minute advanced lesson, I briefly show some of the changes to the controls and interface introduced in ArchiCAD 17, then explore a variety of applications for complex profiles beyond the standard, obvious ones.

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ArchiCAD Training: Complex Profiles

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  1. RichardMatthews
    RichardMatthews
    4 years ago

    Eric

    Another example of “there is always something more to learn”! You have clearly demonstrated some of my missing knowledge…. little things (but very useful!) I never took to time to fully explore.
    Thank you

    Rich

  2. Anton Budileanu
    Anton Budileanu
    5 years ago

    Hi Eric,

    As Tom said, there’s always a new bit missing from the puzzle.
    Thanks for sharing the big picture.

    Anton


  3. MarkNawrocki
    5 years ago

    Great lesson, I hope there is more to come about placing windows and doors into complex profile walls

    Thanks
    Hany


  4. Tom Downer
    5 years ago

    Eric,
    As usual, even though I think I understand an ArchiCAD tool or process, I always learn something new after viewing your video on the topic, such as the purpose of the reference lines, or how to add the profile to a wall end. Looking forward to further exploration on this topic.
    Tom

  5. KENNETHANDREWS
    KENNETHANDREWS
    5 years ago

    Eric
    This was excellent in explaining how the complex profile works. While I have been using this in most of my models, I really didn’t understand the concept and manipulation of materials with the fills and core plus being able to adjust or stretch the profile.
    This lesson was long over due.
    Thanks looking forward to more info on this subject.
    Ken Andrews
    Architect


  6. Marek
    5 years ago

    Brilliant, Eric!

    Just what I needed today!

    Thank you.