This video tip focuses on a topic that should be of interest to many ArchiCAD users. In this demonstration, I show how to bring in 2D drawings (in this case, DWG files) as a tracing reference to make it easy and fast to create an accurate 3D model. This approach can be used for modeling existing buildings from CAD files, or taking a design from 2D CAD into a 3D model quickly for presentations or model coordination.
There are two versions of this presentation now available: the original 90 minute one that shows every step along the way, and a 44 minute excerpted version that leaves out some less essential details as well as much of the repetitive drawing and data entry. I still plan to create a shorter piece that will be more conceptual, and focus on the principles and the most important steps.
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This entire process was done in real time, in 90 minutes!
To be frank, the first time I did this it took between 3 and 4 hours, because I had to become familiar with the project and how the DWGs were organized. The second time it took about 2 to 2 1/2 hours, and then I started over and recorded the process the third time in 90 minutes from start to finish.
At some point I will create a shorter, more conceptual explanation video and write an article that documents and explains the process.
I look forward to your comments and feedback.
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