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Customised Wall
May 24, 2011
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Hi Eric,

I need your help to execute this customized wall and a 'designed' opening outline. The wall thickness is 4" drywall. Here's an elevation.

 

I must say I haven't tried as I'm nervous just looking at it - do you think the SEO will work with this ? Should i use slab or wall tool ?

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May 24, 2011
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Yes, SEO would work OK. You'll need to create a shape that represents the "negative space" for the opening, and subtract it. I suggest you create a custom profile of that shape (you can even copy the linework from this elevation), then use a wall set to use that profile and run it through that other wall. Use SEO subtraction, and you'll have a void of the appropriate shape in your main wall.

Place the SEO wall on the layer Y | SPECIAL SEO (NOT VISIBLE) [or a similar name - I don't have ArchiCAD open right now] so that it gets turned off for normal views, but can be turned on when you need to see or adjust it. Use the layer combination MODEL (SEO VISIBLE) [or a similar name] to see this special layer as wireframe - then you can adjust the placement in 3D, while still seeing the opening, since the element will be "see-through".

Let me know if you need further clarification.

Eric

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May 26, 2011
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I'm having trouble understanding ......."then use a wall set to use that profile and run it through that other wall."

I trace the shape, slab tool and magic wand....now I don't understand what to do next...do I work on plan or elevation...

 

Please help.

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May 26, 2011
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I did it ! Laugh

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May 27, 2011
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Lilian -

Congratulations! It's great to see that you're figuring things out yourself, even when at first you aren't sure how to do it. You're understanding the underlying principles of ArchiCAD, which helps you to apply the tools to your particular design context.

Please post a 3D image of the result when you get a chance - I'd love to see what you did!

Eric

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May 27, 2011
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Here it is.....i'm having some trouble with 'lighting' it up!

 

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May 27, 2011
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Looks good!

You can light it up a bit more in the 3D window by turning the sun around to face that side - it looks like the sun may be coming from the other direction. When you render in Lightworks, you can add lights such as a general brightener into the room to fill in the area nicely.

Eric

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