Tag Archives: Doors

Custom Door Leaf Origin

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.

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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).

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Locate Door in Frame

I have been asked about this 3x this week; so here’s the location of this setting:

Door position within the frame:

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Door Settings > Cadimage Door > Main Frame > Door Setback from Frame:

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As a bonus, the settings for spacing between multiple doors is set here:

Door Settings > Cadimage Door > Door Type > Field C

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Doors & Walls – Symbolic or Projected

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

Cadimage Door Section Pens

When using Cadimage Doors for ArchiCAD 17 or 18  you may need to revise your pen set to include pens 26 & 30 as a white & black pen respectively. If you use a standard door leaf from the Cadimage settings, the pens in the leaf section pens settings will apply to the section view. If a custom component door (created from slabs or morphs & saved as a door leaf) is applied to the Cadimage door, the pens used will be pen 26 for the fill pen and pen 30 for the cut line pen.

Please note, these pens only affect the section view of the door, the plan view is correctly shown from the cut line/fill pen settings:Screen Shot 2015-04-27 at 8.43.27 AMThe section view is not editable for custom leafs; the original elements used to create the leaf and the door selection settings have no affect on the section view. I have changed pen 26 to green and pen 30 to red in the following image for clarity:Screen Shot 2015-04-27 at 8.43.46 AMI will not be updating our templates pen sets at this time, as I have been in contact with Cadimage regarding this issue and their development team is already looking into it. I will be assessing all projects with custom door leafs on a case by case basis until a long term solution is come to.