The 3D printing consultant was fine with our 3D DXF until he got to the grade mesh. He requested that we send him an STL file, which we did not know what was. It is a 3D Stereolithography file and it's common in 3D apps. Archicad doesn't support it for export. We tracked down an open-source app called MeshLab which
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What to do when the project is done. (Updated a bit where the project folder structure is concerned.) First, make sure it's really done. 'Almost', 'practically', 'pretty much', 'just about', and 'I think it's' done are not the same thing.
(Heavily revised for AC10, though still a little clunky.) This is the standard workflow for issuing SK drawings.
The templates have a fax transmittal as part of the layout book.
The model is in there. Don't look at it, just imagine it. Think of the real buildings you can't see at the moment. The Lincoln Memorial is there. Trust me. The model is before everything in the Navigator. No model, nothing to Navigate, right? The Navigator in AC10, besides being indispensable to your productivity, is good illustration of ArchiCAD's intended
What happens when the existing model and drawings are done. The basic idea is to keep the existing conditions, both the PLN and the layout book, tucked away safely. It is theoretically possible to get existing drawings out of the addition project, but it's more trouble than it's worth. It's important that the existing work be complete at this point.
(Formalization of this.) If you have a job too large to print in house, email PDF files here. The files size limit is about 50MB. Put the job details in the message, including the number of sets, delivery time, and any special instructions. MBC advises us that you should call them to make sure the job got there and that
(Similar to: In-House Printing (PlotMaker 9)) For large format output we use that enormous, hot, 16-amp-pulling thing in the middle of the office. (Note: This is about printing layouts. 'Check printing' from AC, for the heck of it, is another matter.)
The integrated layout book in AC10 makes it even easier to start layouts in advance, in the templates, and have them nearly 'just work'. All the common layouts (that I can think of) are blocked up in the project templates. Developing the layouts consists mostly of framing the plan, tuning up the section/elevations, and arranging the drawings on the sheets.
I inherited a project where an important dimension was supposed to be 12'-9" and instead it was established as 12'-9 9/64". The fraction rounds to 1/8", which resolves in the dimensions (12'-9 1/8"), so I have to fix it or customize the dim text, which would violate various Prime Directives. And it's my fault I didn't catch it before adding
1. Duplicate the zTemplate 10 folder and rename it with the project name. To duplicate a folder, drag and drop it within the same window while holding down the Option key. Name the folder after the client. If this is a second, or later, project, add a number. (Please don't use roman numerals, they are hard to read.) If it's
AC10 explicitly supports running more than one instance of AC at a time. In fact, in certain situations you have to. Like pen sets, this is a case where a mandatory technical change has a lot of secondary benefits.
After some experimentation, this is the best method I can find for using external, standard details. It definitely has room for improvement. The biggest improvement would be for AC to allow detail markers to reference external drawings. It's a huge hole in the program that has to be fixed. In the meantime this isn't too bad. The executive summary: Copy
In the old days, things were different. How different depends on how old the days are. It's hard to anticipate every issue you might encounter in an old project. The first question is, what do you need from the project? Do you need drawings, a detail, or are we actually resuming work on the project?
Details need to be processed before merging them into running projects, or into a details PLN. It is important to avoid merging unwanted attributes, especially layers. This process simplifies the layers and gets rid of all the unneeded attributes. This method should be considered alongside A Method For Standard Details. Standard details will be administered by one or two people
MacDonald is a long-completed new home project. I don't know how long, but the important thing is that it's an AC7 project. We are reviving it for the purpose of some interior renovation. Naturally, we want to use the data we have. There are a few issues in working on a project of this vintage: • All of the elements
I've added an 'Alternates' folder to zTemplate folder, in 1 Design. It should have been there before, sorry. It gives me an opportunity to discuss alternate handling, or at least to give you one case study. Vassos, although it's under construction, has occasional lapses into design development. The clients were interested in seeing alternatives for one part of an elevation.
(This is for AC9. 10 is here.) What happens when the existing drawings are done. The basic idea is to keep the existing conditions, both the PLN and the layout book, tucked away safely. It is theoretically possible to get existing drawings out of the addition project, but it's more trouble than it's worth.
I will use a new home in this description. Existing drawings are very similar. Warning: This is a whopper.
(So Jon says, where's the existing template, and I tell him, and he says I looked online and I didn't see that, and I said, well I'll fix it, so here ya go. The library names were wrong too!) 1. Duplicate the zTemplate folder and rename it with the project name. To duplicate a folder, drag and drop it within