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Stair Tool Basics - Spiral Stair

There are two ways to create a spiral stair using the new Stair Tool: using the Magic Wand using the 'Arc by Centerpoint' command from the Pet Palette during the input Using the Magic Wand Place a circle on the floor plan ( Guide Line Segment,Line To...

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How to Create a Railing with Evenly Spaced Posts on a Mesh

Follow the steps below to create a railing with evenly spaced posts that follows the contour of a mesh. 1. Create a poly line where the railing will be. 2. Open the Set Snap Point Values dialogue box. 3. In the Snap Point Values dialogue box, set the...

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Railing Tool Basics - How to create a custom Railing Post?

The new Stair and Railing Tool include GDL sub-elements. Many of them are pre-defined and available by default, through the element and component settings dialogs. To create your own sub-element, you can create and customise an element and save it as...

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How to Create a Basement Stair and Bulkhead Door

In order to efficiently model a basement stair and bulkhead door (i.e. not creating extra cutting bodies) elements need to be created and cut in a specific order. These steps are listed below 1. Make sure that a mesh has been placed around the outsid...

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L and U-shaped Stairs with Stringers

In certain cases when users are modelling open or closed stringer stairs, the corner stringer piece does not get created, or gets created but the geometry of it is faulty. The reason behind such issues always lies in some kind of geometrical controve...

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Stair Tool Basics - Stair Turning and Segment types

Turning stairs can be constructed in 2 different methods: using turning type method or segment type method. Let's have a quick look at the main aspects of those two types. Turning Type Turning type can be used in 3 ways: Landing Winder with Equal Ang...

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Stair Tool Basics - How to create Stairs with Equal Angle winders

In a previous Article we have explained how Stair Segments and Turnings work in General. In this article we will show you 2 examples of how to use them to create Stairs with Equal Angle winders, and explain how this winder type works in general. How ...

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Stair Tool Basics - How to create Metal Plate and Metal Pan Stairs

This article shows general examples of how to create Metal Plate and Metal Pan Stairs. The two types are very similar to each other in structure, so the way to create them is similar as well: We will use a cantilevered structure, with profiled string...

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Creating Favorites for Stairs and Railings and their Sub-elements

Creating Favorites hasn't changed with the Stair and Railing Tool. Since it is a hierarchical element, it is a very similar method creating Favorites for a Curtain Wall and its sub-elements. Favorites for Stairs Stair: Structures and Finishes Once yo...

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Stair Tool Basics - Open Stringer Stairs

In this article we are going to create an Open Stringer Stair. To achieve this type of Stair structure, we will choose 'Beam' structure for the flight (and landing). For the opposite edge of the Stair add Stringer by ticking the box, optional 'String...

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Railing Tool Basics - Classic Style Railing

In this article we will show you how to create a traditional cast iron Railing from Custom Panels. (If you are interested how to model the stair is used in that example, click here). Draw the two following shapes from Morph – Surface, and then extrud...

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Stair Tool Basics - How to place stairs using the new Stair Tool

To place a stair you need to draw its Baseline (blue line), which is basically a polyline. So the input and the connected Pet Palette options are similar to placing the polyline in ARCHICAD. The Stair 'Input Method' (Upward / Downward) defines wherev...

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Stair Tool Basics - How to create metal spiral stair

This article provides a step-by-step description for creating a metal spiral stair having a column in the middle. The unique thing in this example is that the structure of the staircase is part of the tread. To see how to place a general spiral stair...

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Stair Tool Basics - Automatic Landing

The new Stair Tool has the feature to add landing automatically during creation of the stair. Landing length can be defined in the Stair Settings under Rules & Standards: Automatic landing can be placed with one click during Stair creation. Start wit...

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Railing Tool Basics - Convert Pattern To Segment Length

This option can be useful for creating different Patterns in a Railing Segment. By default in one Segment one Pattern is repeated (A Segment is the part of the Railing between two Nodes). 'Converting Pattern to Segment Length' makes it possible to ed...

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Railing Tool Basics - Pattern Distribution Settings

Introduction In the Railing Tool settings a Pattern can be defined. Toprail, Handrail, Rails, Inner Posts, Balusters, Panels can be added to the Pattern, which can be repeated within the Railing Segment. This article describes the distribution logic ...

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Railing Tool Basics - Glass Panel Railing

Introduction This article presents how to create a glass panel railing with posts. We used an L-shaped staircase where the Riser Offset is set to 0. In this case only one post will be added by the intersection point of the two flights. Let's start Ac...

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Stair Tool Basics - Custom Tread

It is possible to save elements as Library Object which can be used as custom Treads. Any ARCHICAD element can be turned into a custom Tread Library Object. This article describes you how to create a custom Tread using the Morph Tool. Activate the St...

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Stair Tool Basics - Bullnose Stair

This article outlines how to model a stair with bullnose steps. To see how to place a traditional railing on it, click here. Activate the Stair Tool and place any Stair of choice (Bullnose stairs are mostly made of wood). Navigate to the floor plan a...

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Stair Tool Basics - U-shape Stair with equal flights

Let's place a U-shape stair: Activate the Stair Tool. Open the 'Stair Default Settings' and make sure that the following settings are used (Story height: 3000 mm): Click ok. Click on the floor plan to begin inputting the Stair. Start drawing the stai...

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Stair Tool Basics - Custom Stair with Steel Beam Support

This article presents you a step-by-step description for modelling a custom stair (designed by Építész Stúdió). It shows how to model the staircase using the new Stair Tool. Things needs to be known about the staircase: Story height is 3400 mm. This ...

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Winder Types in ARCHICAD

Also see: Stair Tool Basics - How to create Stairs with Equal Going/Run winders Stair Tool Basics - How to create Stairs with Equal Angle winders There are four different methods available to construct a Winder with Equal Goings (that is, all goings ...

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How to create a Morph Tube

Have you tried to trace a line in space with the morph tool to make handrails while Archicad rotated the anchor point and tube surface when changing planes? This article will show you step by step how to avoid this problem. 1. Introduce a horizontal ...

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How to create Balusters in Archicad

Revolved elements can be created using Complex Profiles, Shells or Morphs. In this example we are using Complex Profiles to create custom-shaped balusters. Step 1: Draw Profile Create a Complex Profile of the Baluster that you want to use. Make sure ...

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