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I know I post this every 6 months, but I am really trying to make a point.

I am sure this is a difficult challenge, but we really need to be able to place an autotext label on a single skin of a composite wall in plan and sections so that we can:

1)  call out exactly the building material is for a "single" selected skin of the composite

2)  be able to drill down with autotext to custom building material properties for the selected skin.


Moderator 2024-06-11: To better express the exact wish, I have modified the title of the topic from:

BIM BIM BIM - composite skins are so un-bim!

to the following:

Autotext Labels to display Building Material/BM Properties of a single skin of a Composite


Yes, single skin of a composite AND single building material of a complex profile as well PLEASE!!


This is definitely needed to assist with “live” detailing for those of us using sections in preference to the details tool.

Tim Ball

Not just composites, but also complex profiles

Minh Nguyen
Graphisoft Alumni
Graphisoft Alumni

Hi All,


Thank you very much for sharing this great idea!


I am happy to say we took notice of this wish and I have added it to our Wish List database (please refer to it as IDEA-11924). Hopefully, our Product Management team will adopt this one in the future.


Thank you all once more, and I wish you a great day!

Best regards,


I've developed a label that will list the material description of a composite wall/floor/roof with the options of either listing:

1) all the skins or,

2) only the 'Core' skins or,

3) only the 'Finish' skins or,

4) only the 'Other' skins or,

5) the ID and name of complex profiles,


The label also has some other options that relate to properties I created.

The workflow is: I build up a library of materials that has all the important information in the description, I then use these materials in the composite walls and as fills in the details. I can use the one label to pull the same information from both the live model and 2D details. 

It doesn't have the option to select the material description of a single skin, unless there is only one skin in the Core/Finish/Other category. I'm sure you could edit the code to develop this functionality.

If you're interested, I could upload a copy of the label.




Screenshot 2022-08-15 144107.jpg

I commend you on your effort and I appreciate your offer. I am good for now with my current set up, I mostly feel that Graphisoft should have a solution for this. My expectation is that version 27 will be greatly enhanced. 

- keep the faith!!


Hi sikho!


Would you mind uploading this label here? I would be so greatful! Thank you!


No problem, it should be attached.


Hi sikho,

i have a few issues. I'm trying to modify this your label a bit: a need to call up a building material IDS instead of a building material names, and to be arranged in one raw (just one next to them) not in column, like this (for example):
instead of:

to be like this:

It seems very easy to me and my brother (who is it engeener), but everything we tried actually didnt work. We cant figure out what is a problem.

Do you have any advice how to achieve this?

Thank you a lot!




I think I wanted to use the material ID as well when I started working on the label, but kept having trouble with it.


I just read this:


which makes me think I could take another crack at it.


I have a dead line at the moment thought, so wont be able to get to it for a week or so.


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