Week #21 – Creating and Customizing Library Parts
21-5. Importing 3D IFC and DWG Files to Create Library Parts

ArchiCAD Training (Best Practices Lesson 21-5)

This 35 minute ArchiCAD training explores various methods for importing 3D IFC and DWG files to create new library parts.

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ArchiCAD Training: Importing 3D IFC and DWG Files to Create Library Parts

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  1. Gareth Underwood
    11 years ago

    Hi Eric

    I notice that under File Special, you have an option to ‘Import 3D Studio File’…..I am using Archicad 16 and don’t have this option in. Is this an ‘add on’ ?

    The reason my attention was drawn to this is because there is a popular website for sanitary fixtures here in Australia and I have been trying to apply this suite to Archicad > http://www.caroma.com.au/bathrooms/as1428-1-compliant/toilet-suites/care-100-toilet-suite

    There are no IFC download options on this website and the DXF and DWG downloads are split into 2D views. There is however a 3D Studio download, Is it possible to use this ?

    • Eric Bobrow
      11 years ago

      Hi Gareth –

      The 3DS import option is a free add-on provided by Graphisoft that you need to install separately.

      To grab this add-on, go to the Help menu > ArchiCAD Downloads and you’ll be taken to a page on the Graphisoft site with a bunch of “Goodies” what you may download and install as you wish. There is some basic documentation for each one in the form of a ReadMe file.

      To install the 3DS Import add-on, you may need to quit ArchiCAD, then start it up again after the install is complete. It then adds some menu items that allow you to import 3DS files.


  2. GarethUnderwood
    11 years ago

    Please ignore my previous comment…..problem solved, I ended up downloading it, and perhaps that’s the best way to view these.

    Great lesson too by the way……very informative and extremely useful.

    Thank you !!

    • Eric Bobrow
      11 years ago

      Gareth –

      I’m not sure why you were having a problem watching the video beyond the 10 minute mark. Sometimes the web browser cache becomes full, and it makes it harder to watch videos.

      You may want to quit your web browser and reopen it to see if that helps; also each web browser will have an option somewhere for emptying the cache, freeing up working space. This can make a huge difference in many cases in your browsing and video viewing experience.


  3. GarethUnderwood
    11 years ago

    I can’t get passed the 10 minute mark…..have tried 3 different computers and two different internet sources.

    The first 10 minutes is interesting though….!!