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Create Building Materials from Excel with Grasshopper?

splinter
Contributor

Hello,

 

I've encountered a situation where I'd like to parametricelly modify the properties of building materials in Archicad. Preferably, even create entirely new building materials from within Grasshopper. I have a long list of material properties in an excel file which I want to translate to building materials in Archicad. I didn't manage to find any components in Grasshopper which would enable me to to do this. 

 

If you suspect I might have missed a relevant Grasshopper component or if you know of an alternative approach to my problem, please let me know. I'd appreciate any pointers to this matter.

 

Best regards,

Splinter

 

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Architect | Computational Designer
ArchiCAD 25 | Win 11 | 4800HS | RTX 2060 | 16 GB RAM | 1 TB SSD
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Ahmed_K
Advisor

can you share a screenshot of your grasshopper code ? so i can see how i can help 

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Mats_Knutsson
Advisor

You need to wait for deeper deconstruct from GS. Make a wish for christmas 202X.

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Since I haven't found any Grasshopper nodes to adress building material parameters in Archicad, there is not much of a grasshopper file to post.

Architect | Computational Designer
ArchiCAD 25 | Win 11 | 4800HS | RTX 2060 | 16 GB RAM | 1 TB SSD
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That's worst case scenario... Any rumors on/if proper deconstruct nodes are WIP? 

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ArchiCAD 25 | Win 11 | 4800HS | RTX 2060 | 16 GB RAM | 1 TB SSD
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greg_lupo
Booster

Hi,

Export to xml one building material from Attributes Manager and then play with it.

It may be possible to inject data from xls to that xml duplicate and then import back to Archicad whole bunch of new building materials.  I will do some proof of concept as well

Archcad XML files are complex , and can't be mapped in microsoft Excel, or an XML Editor, 

Few months ago, i tried to manage my classifications using XML inside Ecel / XMl editors, i didn't find any interesting workflow, 

we need a REAL attributes manager, that can edit, rename, add data, import / export from excel , to enlarge the materials list,  Same for classifications, 

AMD Ryzen 9 3900X, 32 GB RAM, RTX 3080 10 GB
Archicad 27
Windows 11 professional
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..hold my beer...