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How to create Custom Object Components

Nouras Hamdan

For an overview of the Custom Component feature, see Create Custom Components:Example Workflows

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In this Tech Tip we will show how to create a custom object component, in this case a custom door panel for a Basin Cabinet

We placed the Basin Cabinet 25.gsm file onto the Floor Plan. Here is how it looks in 3D:


Step 1: Creating the Geometry

We want to measure the dimensions of the cabinet door panel, so let's create an Elevation or Interior Elevation line on the Floor Plan in front of the Cabinet. The line should be parallel to the face of the Cabinet because we want to get an orthogonal elevation view of it.


Step 2: Go into the (Interior) Elevation View and measure the Panel size

Measure the size of one door panel. (Use the Measure Tool, the Tracker or the Coordinate Box.) This size will be your custom panel size. In our example, this is 447mm wide by 747 mm high.

Step 3: Draw the Panel on Floor Plan

Go back to the Floor Plan, and using Slabs, draw the geometry of one Door Panel. In our case, we will create a sort of a Prairie Style panel. Assign them the pens and materials you wish to see in 2D/3D.

NOTES: When creating a panel which is to be mirrored (as in this case) you need to model and save the left panel. This is important when the geometry of the panel is non-symmetrical. Model the panel, the mullions and the glass. When creating the panel, remember that the panel should have enough width on its right side for the Door knob.


Select all elements just drawn.


Step 4: Save Custom Component

Use the File > Libraries and Objects > Save Selection as... > Cabinet Door... menu command to save these elements.


In the next dialog, you can give the new panel a name and choose it's location. Press save to finalize.


Step 5: Applying the new panel

Select the Basin Cabinet Object on the Floor Plan or 3D, and go to its Settings Dialog.


From BASIN CABINET SETTINGS tab, Choose Door..., Then from the Door Styles Menu, pick Custom...

Click the right-pointing arrow to the right of the Custom Panel Name, and choose the name you have picked for your door panel.

Click OK to accept changes and go to the 3D Window to see the result.


Using PARAM-O to easily create custom objects

Now available as a built-in feature of Archicad 24 Update 3, PARAM-O makes the process of creating custom objects easier and more intuitive.

For more about PARAM-O :

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