ArchiCAD plug-in for the creation of objects
One of the main need of the ArchiCAD users designers is the possibility to create free shapes or custom objects. In order to fulfil these needs, Cigraph developed ArchiForma 1.0, the successful object modeler tool for ArchiCAD.
- simple 3D primitives;
- 3D forms generated from 2D outlines (groups of lines, arcs, lines and arcs, fills);
- editing functions (holes, cutting, rotating);
- miscellaneous tools, which include instruments for editing elements, saving and general editing.
With the hole, cutting plane and rotate commands, even the most minute details can be sculpted to get the desired shape.
Let's start with the new graphic interface and the four new kinds of extrusion tools:
- the traditional one (Vertical extrusion);
- the Ruled extrusion;
- the Twister Extrusion;
- the Bend extrusion.
The Ruled Extrusion needs two ArchiCAD Fills which describe the bottom and the top faces. The resulting solid is generated by the connection of these two polylines in the 3D space.
The Twister Extrusion needs only an ArchiCAD Fill which describes its base: it generates a solid coming form the extrusion of this polygon around a vertical axis (the shape can also be resized along this path).
The last one, the Bend Extrusion, it's similar to the first one, the Vertical Extrusion, but the final prism can be bent.
All these solids coming from the extrusion tools, can be edited both in the Plan and in the 3D window by using the ArchiCAD Editable GDL Hotspots. You simply need to select and drag the hotspot to graphically modify the element without exploding it or coming back to its setting dialog window.
The next tools, Extrusion and Sweep along a path, are some of the best improvements of ArchiForma 2.0.
An now, the "main actors" of ArchiForma 2, the Surfaces Tools, that's to say elements generated from the connection between ArchiForma 3D Polylines.
ArchiForma 2 provides you also with a set of tool for editing the already created elements.
The first one, the Exploding/Updating Tool, lets you "deeply" modify the geometry of the original elements that created the result model (fills, polylines, arcs, etc.).
The main difference from the same tool, already included in ArchiForma 1.0, is that when you update the element you don't loose the original settings (materials, fills, position, etc.). The Rotation tool, as in the previous version, lets you rotate the elements in the 3D space.
The last tools we want to describe in this short summary, are the 3D Polyline Tool (useful for Extrusion along paths and Surfaces generation) and the 3D Polyline Editing Tool which provides you with a useful palette (very similar to the ArchiCAD Pet Palette) for modifying/adjusting your 3D Polyline (Add/Delete Nodes, Curve Side/Straighten Curve, Merge Polylines, Split Polyline).
ArchiSuite System Requirements
The add-ons require the same configuration as your version of ArchiCAD.
- After downloading, click on the file and an Installer will put the Add-Ons in the correct folder of ArchiCAD
- After the Installer finished, it is necessary to prepare the Cigraph-Dongle. Put it into the computer and lunch ArchiCAD. From the menu: Design- Extradesign select “Cigraph Liccenze Activation” and follow the instructions.
ArchiSuitePlus download must be related to the ArchiCAD version and Operative System in use.
To ease your life we developed a dedicated "Installer", which starts after downloading ArchiSuitePlus.
|ArchiCAD 20||23 November 2016|
|ArchiCAD 19||23 November 2016|
|ArchiCAD 18||23 November 2016|
|ArchiCAD 17||23 November 2016|
Updates and bugs fixing
ArchiSuitePlus for the current and the previous ArchiCAD version are constantly up to date, as soon as new new bugs arise. When you launch ArchiSuite, it immediately advises you for new updates available for free download.
Remember to quit ArchiCAD, before installing any ArchiSuitePlus Update.