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3D design

All-Round 3D Workflows

ArchiCAD 17 delivers a wide array of 3D design and editing improvements, including an improved MORPH® Tool to support conceptual design with useful zoning information and real-time 3D Cutting Planes for additional control over ArchiCAD’s 3D modeling environment. A fully-functional BIMx included in every installation lets users share BIM projects with their clients in an interactive environment.

Improved MORPH Tool

Real-time
3D Cutting Planes

Element Association to Story Heights

BIMx
in every ArchiCAD 17

Madison Traditional Academy Phoenix Designed by Orcutt | Winslow, www.owp.com, Photo © Shaun Kurry

ArchiCAD allows architects to freely explore design ideas without compromising on documentation precision and quality. With ArchiCAD, you can model and shape freely, easily creating the forms you want and change even complex elements in the most appropriate view. ArchiCAD enables you to combine creative freedom with the well-known efficiency of its robust Building Information Model. A comprehensive set of tools supports the creative process within the context of the project. ArchiCAD 17 enhances its direct modeling capabilities in the native BIM environment with its end-to-end BIM workflow using Priority Based Connections and Intelligent Building Materials, and an improved MORPH™ tool. Cloud-integration helps users create and find the custom objects and components they need to make their BIM models complete. GRAPHISOFT continues to innovate in “green” as well, uniquely offering the best workflow for sustainable design, integrated into its BIM authoring tool.

Improved MORPH Tool

The MORPH Tool enables designers to create custom objects, components, and structures with extraordinary modeling flexibility in the native ArchiCAD BIM environment. The MORPH tool provides an optimal solution for creating custom BIM components, custom structures, and custom elements for the built environment and building interiors. Any geometry can be created in an intuitive, graphical way, featuring popular modeling techniques such as push & pull. ArchiCAD 17 introduces new Morph scheduling features supporting conceptual design and mass modeling. Architects can list the volume and surface area of single Morphs separately by story. This data provides valuable input at the conceptual stage about the useful area of the planned project.
Improved MORPH Tool

"In ArchiCAD 17 we can Copy 3D elements in Section and Elevation! We can now use the multiply function in the pet palette to layout rafter tails and other repetitive 3D elements right in a section or elevation." Jared Banks, AIA, Shoegnome, LLC

Element Association to Story Heights

Automated cross-linking of construction elements may easily result in an ambiguous building project. ArchiCAD 17 enables designers to link certain building elements to stories in an architecturally sound manner.
The height of walls, columns and zones can be linked to a particular story in the project: when the story position changes, the heights of the linked elements will automatically be adjusted. This way, if the story height changes, the height of all linked elements will also be updated automatically.
Architects will still have the option to assign fixed heights to elements, and to define the base elevation height to a given reference level. This ensures that designers will stay in full control of their project.
Element Association to Story Heights
  • Introduction to element linking to stories
    Introduction to element linking to stories
  • Element linking to stories: home story vs. current story
    Element linking to stories: home story vs. current story
  • Element linking to stories: 3D placement
    Element linking to stories: 3D placement
  • Element linking to stories: editing plane
    Element linking to stories: editing plane
  • Element linking to stories: setting or changing home or toplink story in settings dialog
    Element linking to stories: setting or changing home or toplink story in settings dialog
  • Element linking to stories: setting or changing home or toplink story in info box
    Element linking to stories: setting or changing home or toplink story in info box
  • Element linking to stories: changing home or toplink story with multiple selection
    Element linking to stories: changing home or toplink story with multiple selection
  • Element linking to stories: deleting home or toplink story
    Element linking to stories: deleting home or toplink story
  • Element linking to stories: inserting stories
    Element linking to stories: inserting stories
  • Element linking to stories: changing story heights
    Element linking to stories: changing story heights
  • Element linking to stories: relinking home story
    Element linking to stories: relinking home story
  • Element linking to stories: use in section, elevation and interior elevations
    Element linking to stories: use in section, elevation and interior elevations
  • Element linking to stories: behavior of linked elements when copying and pasting
    Element linking to stories: behavior of linked elements when copying and pasting
  • Element linking to stories: behavior during parameter transfer
    Element linking to stories: behavior during parameter transfer
  • Element linking to stories: info tag or tracker
    Element linking to stories: info tag or tracker
  • Element linking to stories: handling inverted modeling results
    Element linking to stories: handling inverted modeling results
  • Element linking to stories: find & select
    Element linking to stories: find & select
  • Element linking: interactive schedules
    Element linking: interactive schedules
  • Element linking: door and window linking to walls
    Element linking: door and window linking to walls
  • Modeling interactions of junctions
    Modeling interactions of junctions
  • Dimensioning junctions
    Dimensioning junctions
  • Dimensioning feedback enhancements
    Dimensioning feedback enhancements

Sede Usiminas | Designed by Farkasvolgyi Arquitetura Sede Usiminas | Designed by Farkasvolgyi Arquitetura

Core Based Wall Reference Line

Core Based Wall Reference Line

To support more consistent element positioning and intersection logic, Wall Reference Line options have been re-named and expanded in ArchiCAD 17. Users now have the option to assign the reference plane not just to either side of the wall, but also to either side of the wall’s core skin.
This way, when the user edits the wall (e.g. adds skins or changes the thickness), the wall core connections remain constant and the elements’ positions relative to their reference line remain unchanged.
  • Introduction to core-based wall reference lines
    Introduction to core-based wall reference line
  • Core-based wall reference line: basic walls
    Core-based wall reference line: basic walls
  • Core-based wall reference line: composite walls
    Core-based wall reference line: composite walls
  • Core-based wall reference line: conversion between basic and composite walls
    Core-based wall reference line: conversion between basic and composite walls
  • Core-based wall reference line: mirroring walls in place
    Core-based wall reference line: mirroring walls in place
  • Core-based wall reference line: editing reference line and offset
    Core-based wall reference line: editing reference line and offset
  • Core-based wall reference line: find & select and interactive schedules
    Core-based wall reference line: find & select and interactive schedules

Slab Reference Plane

Assigning a Reference Plane to Slabs means more possibilities and ease of use. The Reference Plane can be assigned not only to the top/bottom of slabs, but also to the edges of composite slab cores instantly. This way, when the user edits the composition or thickness of the slab, the position of the core remains consistent.
Slab Reference Plane
  • Slab reference planes
    Slab reference planes
  • Slab reference planes: changing reference levels
    Slab reference planes: changing reference levels
  • Slab reference planes: conversion between basic and composite slabs
    Slab reference planes: conversion between basic and composite slabs
  • Slab reference planes: 3D display and use
    Slab reference planes: 3D display and use
  • Slab Reference planes: find & select, interactive schedules
    Slab Reference planes: find & select, interactive schedules

Nautical Museum Nautical Museum | Designed by Nikola Rubic

Curved Beams

Use the Beam tool to create beams that are curved on a horizontal plane. This way, beams can serve as support structures along curved walls. Such wall/beam intersections will automatically be shown correctly in sections (no need for solid element operations to represent them).
Curved Beams
  • Creating curved beams
    Creating curved beams
  • Modifying curved beams
    Modifying curved beams
  • Creating and modifying holes in curved beams
    Creating and modifying holes in curved beams
  • Creating a grid system with curved beams
    Creating a grid system with curved beams
Real-time 3D Cutting Planes

Real-time 3D Cutting Planes

Architects can define 3D cutaway sections of the model graphically in 2D and 3D views, using one or more cutting planes in any location and direction. Instantly focus your view on any floor, section or junction. This greatly improves not only the 3D editing process, but also the visualization of large complex models, displaying only relevant parts of the building in 3D view.
  • Creating a 3D Cutaway on a floor plan
    Creating a 3D Cutaway on a floor plan
  • Creating a 3D Cutaway in the 3D window
    Creating a 3D Cutaway in the 3D window
  • Creating a 3D Cutaway in the section
    Creating a 3D Cutaway in the section
  • Creating a custom 3D cutting plane
    Creating a custom 3D cutting plane
  •  Rotating 3D cutting planes
    Rotating 3D cutting planes
  • Reversing the direction of a 3D cutting plane, hiding and deleting cutting planes
    Reversing the direction of a 3D cutting plane, hiding and deleting cutting planes

Library Enhancements

ArchiCAD 17 improves navigation speed among objects in general. As a performance improvement, loading libraries and viewing parts in 3D has become twice as fast thanks to a new caching process. 3D Coordinate Dimensioning, Stairs, and Railings have new appearances. The RoofMaker tool’s new graphical interface helps easier parameter setting. Door/Window placement has improved feedback. Dimension labels can now include the Element’s elevation data, and much more...
Library Enhancements
  • Coordinate dimension
    Coordinate dimension
  • Stairs and railings library parts
    Stairs and railings library parts
  • RoofMaker interface enhancements
    RoofMaker interface enhancements
  • RoofMaker listing enhancements
    RoofMaker listing enhancements
  • Multileader label symbol
    Multileader label symbol
  • Dimension label enhancements
    Dimension label enhancements
  • Zone stamp enhancements
    Zone stamp enhancements
  • Wall closure types
    Wall closure types
  • Documentation enhancements of openings
    Documentation enhancements of openings
  • New door panel library parts
    New door panel library parts
  • Improved doors with sidelights
    Improved doors with sidelights
  • Door and sliding door enhancements
    Door and sliding door enhancements
  • Basic window improvements
    Basic window improvements
Google Earth and Google SketchUp Connection

Google Earth and SketchUp Connection

Integrated connections with Google Earth and SketchUp allow opening or merging models from Google Earth or SketchUp directly into ArchiCAD, or exporting to these formats. The related add-ons are now fully-integrated in ArchiCAD. The Send Model to Google Earth function provides a one-step viewing experience. Merge the imported location coordinates or retain ArchiCAD’s Project Location data to place the new model relative to these coordinates.
  • Exporting 3D models to Google Earth
    Exporting 3D models to Google Earth
  • Importing a Google Earth 3D model
    Importing a Google Earth 3D model
  • Saving a Google SketchUp 3D model file
    Saving a Google SketchUp 3D model file
  • Importing a SketchUp 3D model file
    Importing a SketchUp 3D model file
  • Importing a project location from Google Earth or SketchUp file
    Importing a project location from Google Earth or SketchUp file

BIMx in every ArchiCAD 17 Installation

GRAPHISOFT BIMx is an innovative, interactive, BIM communication tool for architects. BIMx has set new standards for design communication and presentation in the AEC industry, turning desktop and laptop computers, iOS and Android tablets and smart phones into full-fledged building model explorers. The integrated online model sharing community on Facebook and the new, cloud-based Model Transfer site allow all stakeholders to upload, browse, and download interactive BIMx models from any part of the world.
ArchiCAD 17 includes a fully-functional license for GRAPHISOFT BIMx and a professional account to the cloud-integrated model sharing service, enabling architects to explore, communicate, and share BIMx projects like never before.
BIMx in every ArchiCAD 17 Installation

More Features

  • Improved zone creation and editing
    Improved zone creation and editing
  • PDF/A support
    PDF/A support
  • Exporting ArchiCAD model to STL format
    Exporting ArchiCAD model to STL format
  • Conceptual design related improvements
    Conceptual design related improvements