If you are an Architect or Interior Designer you also know how important it is to chose the right products (furniture, lighting fixture, equipment, door, window, etc…) for your project. It might not be the first task to do during the early design stage, but it is definetely crucial later on in the process. Working with 3D Modelling softwares has made the integration of these objects quite easy on the design process. But 3D modelling softwares do not offer as much output as BIM solutions like Archicad 😊

The point is that we, Architects and Designers in general, cannot spend too much time in the process of converting the right file format of the products we need into the model of our project because we are already super busy with our design! We need flexibility to communicate with our client the right look of right materials, right finishes, etc…; and even different options as fast and accurately as possible.

More and more Architects and designers in general chose to use BIM solutions that offer speed and flexibility for their project. Archicad allows users to enhance their object library in a very friendly way using many different file formats. In collaboration with GRAPHISOFT we developed a few videos to showcase these processes.

In the video below you will learn the first steps to enhance your BIM Library with products from different catalogues and suppliers. As these objects come in different file formats, Archicad allows the following file formats to be imported easily and converted into native Archicad Library Objects.

On the video below we explain how to import the following file formats:

Rhinoceros – 3dm

Revit Families – rfa

3D Studio – 3ds

STereoLithography – stl

SketchUp – skp

IFC (Industrial Foundation Classes) – ifc

Out of the box and within a really short time! We will learn how to integrate in your Project all objects that you get from supplier’s catalogues and online. Have a look:

Soon we will publish the second post of this series: Enhancing BIM Library for Designers – Part 2: Fine Tuning

We will demonstrate how to edit further objects that have been imported using these method. We will learn to how to modify the 2D representation, 3D textures, data, etc…

Stay tuned and see you soon.

We hope you learned something useful!