We often need to use custom door leafs and window sashes. But as with any custom object or element, model primitives need to be saved with attention to project 0,0,0 (xyz relationship to project origin). With custom objects, they should be saved at 0,0,0; centered or justified to an edge. Custom door and window leafs need to be saved relative to the Z axis, or at least relative to the model primitive’s home story.
The important thing to note on locating elements to be saved as doors or window sashes is they need to sit above project 0 or home story. Typically, door and window components are built form slabs to be saved as a leaf or sash. The easiest way to ensure the door aligns correctly with the plan symbol is to set the reference plane to the bottom of the slab, and set the slab’s elevation to 0′ to home story (or project 0).
I have been asked about this 3x this week; so here’s the location of this setting:
Door position within the frame:
Door Settings > Cadimage Door > Main Frame > Door Setback from Frame:
As a bonus, the settings for spacing between multiple doors is set here:
Door Settings > Cadimage Door > Door Type > Field C
The symbolic or projected view of a door determines wether it matches the exact 3d settings of the door or is just a graphic plan symbol. There may be cases for both, but it is important to know what the settings do; and find the right combination of settings for both the wall and the door so that they both appear as expected, or in some combinations, appear at all.
Wall Projection Settings
Door Projection Settings
Below is the break down of what each combination of wall and door settings with 3 different relationships to plan cut plane settings.
Walls and Doors Projection Settings
A few projects have suffered from what seems like a glitch in Cadimage Doors; where the custom settings disappear when you select a custom door leaf, or even select the door leaf tab.
If your door settings look like this, I have a solution for you:
Door Settings are Missing!
The problem is the naming of the custom door leaf. This door leaf does not need to be applied to the door to cause the glitch. Any component accessible from the elements settings can cause this “glitch”. That is any custom door leaf, window sash, or hardware component. It is caused by the use of special characters in the object/component naming. Special characters should be avoided in all aspects of ARCHICAD, that includes external images, external drawings, attributes, views, etc. A special character is anything except Alphanumeric Characters and the dash or underscore. “,.+#%%@’;:/\?<>!* are all prohibited in library manager content.
By looking at the library manager, I can quickly find the offending component and delete it or rename it:
25% door 12″ Wide is not an appropriate name for several reasons
Now when I refresh the libraries and go back to my door settings, I can access all door settings:
Although we rarely use the threshold options integrated into Cadimage Doors, it can be difficult to figure out where the settings are when you need them. Thanks to Hana’s digging and sharing process and screen shots, we now have a step by step process of where to look for ALL the settings needed for an integrated door threshold in the current version of C/I Door & Window Tools.
First, to turn the threshold in in 3d:
- Go to Setout > Join Adjacent > Threshold
- Turn the threshold on and give the desired dimensions
Second, to turn on the threshold in 2d:
- Go to Display Options > Plan View > Items to Show in Plan View
- Check the Threshold box
Third, to adjust the threshold plan symbol line weight:
- Go to Frame and Glass > Timber Sill > Appearance
- Adjust the “Outline” pen to a thin line
Fourth, to adjust the threshold masking pen:
- Under Cadimage Door – Settings, select the drop down at the top and go to All Parameters…
- Scroll to Wall hole and change the Wall Hole Background Pen to #91 or #51
On occasion you may want to pull the interior finish of a wall away from the trim/frame to show a reveal. In the past we have done this with a beam/column/morph SEO around each opening. Now, thanks to a strange glitch in a project, we can replicate a reveal integrated into the Cadimage door and window settings.
First, in the window/door settings, open up the “All Parameters…” drop down from the top of the Cadimage Window – Settings portion of the selection settings.
Next scroll down until you see a drop down for Composite Skins. You can adjust the offset from outside of frame (Wall Hole size), to the position of the composite skins finish.
Once the trim position and frame dimensions are correct, the result for this example is a trim that is flush with the interior face of wall finish, but with a 1/2″ reveal to the trim width.
A couple of things worth noting on this setting:
- This is a uniform reveal for all sides/top/bottom of the window or door’s relationship to the wall that it is hosted in
- This is not measured from the trim position, but from the wall hole, or outside edge of the main frame
I have been asked how to produce an offset hing for a casement and awning window. Over the weekend I heard back from Cadimage on a solution for the casement, but currently there is no Cadimage option for an offset hinge awning window. For this, we will need to continue using custom built window objects.
For the casement solution set the glazing panel type to door:
Next go to the doors tab and select the operation and offset:
The result is an offset hinge window sash: