3D Elements typically include:
Walls, Slabs, Beams, Roofs
Mesh, Morph, Shell
TIP > The thing to remember is that you are working on a diagrammatic representation of a project to produce drawings for a builder or a client.
It is best to turn off the detail you don’t need!
Where to find : Right click, Node point click
Use this to: As per the 2D window the same editing Tools exist in 3D. Remember that there are Tool specific variations to the base functions, e.g. Walls can be slanted, whereas Slabs can not.
Where to find : View > Editing Plane Display
Use this to: The Editing Plane facilitates the editing and positioning of Elements, by default it automatically adjusts its orientation based on the selected editing mode. You can adjust the editing plane either via right click > Editing Plane or by clicking on the square shaped editing plane ‘Grip’.
The editing plane can be used to manipulate building elements from different projections, e.g. to cut a specific sized hole (as measured in a horizontal projection) into a slanted roof. This example (and others) is explained in detail in Help > Archicad HELP.
Where to find : SPACE BAR
Use this to: In the 3D window the Magic Wand provides predictive graphical feedback on what Elements it will generate if you complete the operation.
Where to find : 2D window Gravity > Windows > Toolbars > Standard Toolbar > Gravity
3D window Surface Snap > VIEW > Surface Snap
Use this to: Place Elements on other Elements surface, e.g. when placing Trees on a sloping Mesh.
TIP > The Axis tool allows you to re-orient the default red, green and blue axis. This is helpful when you want to draw elements in different orientations, for example part of your model is rotated by a certain angle versus the rest of the model. Note that the Axis orientation within groups or components can be different to the axis orientation outside of groups or components.
Where to find : Pet Palette > choose the appropriate Edit command
Use this to: In the 3D window modify multiple selected Elements (of the same type) with the same operation, e.g. create the same perforation on multiple slabs across various stories.
Where to find : Marquee
Use this to: If you need to stretch multiple Elements on one story (single story marquee) or over multiple stories (multi story marquee), place the marquee in the 2D window and grab a node point of any existing element to stretch all Elements within the extent of the marquee area with a chosen offset. Columns, Objects & Lamps can not be stretched and will only be moved.
CAUTION > Before using the stretch command, always first check which Elements and which of their Node Points are currently visible in the 3D window – otherwise you may affect elements that you may not see in the 2D window. Immediately after, check the results of your Stretch operation in 3D, as you may have inadvertently distorted some polygon based Elements.
Show Selection / Marquee in 3D = F4
Show all in 3D = COMMAND + F4
Orbit = O
Fit in Window = COMMAND + ‘
3D Cutaway = COMMAND + Y
Filter and Cut Elements in 3D = COMMAND + OPTION + A
Perspective View = OPTION + F3
Axonometric View = COMMAND + F3
3D Projection Settings = COMMAND + OPTION + F3
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