How to scale in archicad [You Asked]



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How to scale in archicad

How do you scale items in ArchiCAD?

  1. •Use the Scale pop-up from the Quick Options Bar at the bottom of the window.
  2. •Use Document > Floor Plan Scale (the command varies depending on the window)
  3. Select a standard scale from the pop-up list, or choose Custom Scale and type one in.

Can you scale in ArchiCAD?

To set the scale of your drawing, click on the scale indicator at the bottom of the Archicad window and select the desired scale. The software, by default, is set to the residential scale.

How do you scale down an object?

To scale an object to a smaller size, you simply divide each dimension by the required scale factor. For example, if you would like to apply a scale factor of 1:6 and the length of the item is 60 cm, you simply divide 60 / 6 = 10 cm to get the new dimension.

How do you scale down a floor plan?

To scale down the measurement, decide how many feet each square on the graph paper will equal. For example, if each square is equal to 1 foot, and the wall is 10 feet long, you would draw the wall so it's 10 squares long. Once you have your scale, measure the rest of the walls and add them to your floor plan.

How do you change dimensions in archicad?

To set Dimension units, use Options >Project Preferences > Dimensions.

How do I scale a PDF in ArchiCAD?

ArchiCAD Training (Best Practices Lesson 12-3) If the PDF is not at the proper size, then it can be resized easily using the Edit menu > Reshape > Resize command.

What is a 1 to 50 scale?

For example, the scale of 1:50 means that 1 mm on the drawing represents 50 mm on the object. This means that the object is 50 times larger than the drawing of it. An object 450 mm long would be represented by a line 9 mm long (450 mm/50). Figure 7 shows one of the three sides of a metric scale.

How do you scale down a model?

Scale the dimensions down to model size. This is accomplished by dividing the length by a consistent number. For example, achieving a model that is 1/30th the size of the original requires dividing all original measurements by 30.

How do I insert an image into ArchiCAD?

Select External Content under the File menu and choose Place External Drawing... Select your JPG of interest. Click to place the image in your desired location.

Can ArchiCAD open DWG files?

In our example we prefer to place the DWG file as a Drawing in the Worksheet, because it has many advantages: It can be placed into the currently open ARCHICAD project.

Can AutoCAD open PLN files?

No, these file are probably coming from ArchiCAD. You need to export some more standard file format from ArchiCAD ( DWG , DXF ).

How do you scale a plan?

Drawings can be scaled up or down using either a calculator or a scale rule. To scale a drawing using a calculator: divide the measurement by the scale if you want to reduce the drawing in size, or. multiply the measurement by the scale if you want to increase it in size.

How do you draw a 1 50 scale?

You could also say, 1 unit in the drawing is equal to 100 units in real life. So, if we were drawing a table that measured 100cm wide by 200cm long at a scale of 1:50, you would draw the table 2cm wide by 4cm long on your piece of paper. This is worked out by dividing the real life size (100cm) by 50 (1:50 scale).

What is the meaning of 1 100 scale?

Ratio scales If the scale of the plan is 1 : 100, this means the real measurements are 100 times longer than they are on the plan. So 1 cm on the plan represents a real length of 100 cm (1 metre)

How do I create a custom fill pattern in ArchiCAD?

  1. Select it all ( including the hotspots) and copy. Edit> Copy.
  2. Go to Options> Element Attributes> Fills.
  3. Click on New…
  4. And Create a new Symbol fill.
  5. Select paste to add your created pattern.

How do I select all dimensions in ArchiCAD?

Select all of the level dimensions (activate level dimension tool and press CTRL+A if you want all of them or you can limit an area with the marquee tool as well).

How do I explode a PDF in archicad?

With the drawing selected, right click and select Explode into Current View.

How do you add a scale?

  1. Select a bar scale tool on a tool palette. A bar scale tool is located on the Annotation palette.
  2. Specify the insertion point of the bar scale.
  3. Specify the rotation of the bar scale.

Where do you put the scale bar?

The scale bar is usually placed below the map, but this will depend on your page layout. An advantage of placing the scale bar at the bottom of the page is that it serves as an anchoring element that ties the page space to the edge of the page.

Why can't I change wall thickness ArchiCAD?

You will need to locate Edit -> Modily Walls -> Reference Line, and reverse the reference line of the wall. Once you do so, you will be able to change the wall thickess and have the external side stay the same.


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Comment by Mellisa Arnaldo

hi guys this is maduba john from mjc designs welcome to today's tutorial today i'm going to show you how to resize or how to scale a joint manual so i was working on a particular project so i thought i should show you guys how to go about it then for instance you don't have um the autocad file to work with and um you were given john's the pdf to work with or maybe the image to work with and you need to you know get them in uh archicad but you can't properly get this scale if they are not in autocad so what i'm going to do is i'm going to show you guys how to scale join to the right size for instance you must have at least one measurement on the drawing like something like this we have this right there so we can use this to get the opposite we can use this to get the um let's say close to perfect size of the drawing so i'm going to import i'm going to impose by going to external content and then place external drawing i'm going to place one drawing right here so we just click and then just click right there so if you notice this is we want to work on this but it they did we don't know the actual dimensions so the thing is if you try to check the dimension of this for instance we have um okay we have uh okay let's see this this is like a battle yeah so and on the join it is one eighth but if you look at if you if you measure it you will find out that it is not one eight so we want to make sure that this for you to be able to work with we want to make sure that it is actually one eight on this layout of ikea archicad so what we are going to do is resize this this join by taking a measurement we are going to do we're going to take a line and pick a point from there and then measure one eighth okay then stop it there so this is one eight this is this is real one eight that we are supposed to be working we are not this so what we are going to do is resize this drawing to as you resize it so that this 1 8 will be the same with this okay so i'm going to give this line a visible color so that i can see it properly so what you're going to do is right now is click this join this join you have placed here and then you click this resize in case you don't have this right there on your on your menu what you are going to do is you go to edit reshape and then you see resize okay then you click it and what you do is when you click it it brings out the dialog box and then you say okay and what you do is you click okay and click and then drag to this point of the line make sure you hold on or shift down so that you can actually get this point then you okay and now you see this drawing right now is is is it proper skill we want now you can work on this and you're good to go thank you very much for watching and i remember john see you in the next one you


Thanks for your comment Mellisa Arnaldo, have a nice day.
- Adolfo Bujnowski, Staff Member


Comment by Leonarda

looks at how to import a PDF or an image into ArchiCAD by dragging and dropping in order to be able to trace it at the moment we're looking at detailing architectural detailing and so rather than having to draw up something ourselves manufacturers will commonly produce details that they will want us to use in order to use their materials properly and we might also have trade reference material textbook information that's talking about standard details now here we have one that we can't explode and use as as vector drawings or fire words because it's protected for copyright purposes we can still trace it and in this case it's not to scale so we're going to need to rescale it before we trace it because otherwise he's gonna be tracing something that isn't a scale now sometimes we'll have a dimension and we might be able to use that dimension string to tell us the size of the elements in the file in this case we don't have a dimension that we can use but what we do have is a commonly known measurement now it's quite small but the most obvious dimension that we have here is the size of a brick we know that the width of a standard brick is 110 millimeters wide so what we're going to do is select this image or this PDF then we're gonna go edit reshape resize now when we're resizing we can have two different methods we can define using a numerical factor or ratio or we can define graphically now with that knowing how big it is exactly the resize ratio doesn't work so we're gonna define murkly and the way that we will do this again this isn't an exact science because we can't click on it so we're just going to zoom in enough so we feel like we're clicking in the right place now this is actually is a vector image so we can zoom in quite a long way before it starts to pixelate or a point ever pixelate so I'm going to choose the outside edge of this brick and an a click and now I'm gonna zoom all the way in and it's a little bit odd that I'm doing it this way but now I'm gonna choose the inside face of this brick just because it was left to left side click and I can see that already that distance is 77 millimeters so the existing size of this brick is 77 millimeters and I want to increase that to 110 millimeters so if i zoom out you'll see that what I can do with the define graphic option is increase or decrease the size of this image now I could increase this and try to then get the number to be right and then click but it's unlikely I'll be able to move my mouse that delicately instead I'm just gonna type in the value 1 1 0 enter and that's going to resize the image now there there's other ways that we could select this we could do this based on the size of the timber or maybe we could use a brick rod now I don't know how exactly this has been drawn so we could say one brick two bricks three four five six seven should be 600 millimeters which isn't exactly working so something's maybe slightly out with the scaling of this depending on how it's done again that's why it's not an exact science when we can't trace it and when we can't explode it but we're going to roughly size it and then we can trace over for the purposes of trying to create a drawing and we'll have a look at that in the next video


Thanks Leonarda your participation is very much appreciated
- Adolfo Bujnowski


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