Tip of the week: How to create a stair slab and change its thickness

The document files opened with a Rhino template have a stair "standard" style that doesn't have a slab by default.

To add a slab to a specific stair style, open the stair styles dialog box. Right-click on the stair style name and the context menu will be diplayed: select New > Stair Slab.

The slab thickness can be edited from the geometry tab, when selecting the slab component.


Tip of the week: Is it possible to create irregular walls or walls from Rhino geometry?

Yes, it is.

The VisualARQ walls created in the model with the _vaWall command , or from curves VA_WallsFromCurves, are always created vertically and have a regular height and width.

However, there are different ways to create walls with irregular shapes:

  1.  Wall from Solid: Option to turn Rhino polysurfaces into VisualARQ walls.
  2. va_walladdsolids va_wallsubtractsolids Wall Add and Subtract Solids: Boolean operations between Rhino Solids and VisualARQ walls. (See this Tip for more information)
  3. va_wallextendtosrf Wall Extend to Surface: Option to extend walls vertically to any kind of open surface, polysurface or VisualARQ object (slab, roof, stair, etc...)

Read more information here.


Tip of the week: How can I create and select openings?

The operation and behaviour of an opening is identical to the one of a window or a door.

Steps to create a new opening:

  1. Run the "_vaOpening" command (from the command line or VisualARQ drop-down menu).
  2. Specify the opening insertion options in the opening insert dialog box.
  3. Insert the opening inside a wall in the model.

After the opening is inserted you may realize that it is difficult to select. There is an easy way to solve that: Adding a frame component to the opening:

Read more information here.


Tip of the week: How can I create a custom profile?

To create a custom profile you need to use the “Profile From Curve” option:

1. Draw a closed and planar curve

2. Click on the “Profile From Curve” icon VA_ProfileFromPolyline (inside the VisualARQ Tools toolbar)

VisualARQ Tools toolbar

3. Specify a name for the new profile

The custom profiles you create will be added to the profile list. They can be used to create new door, window, railing, beam and column styles.

Custom profile


Tip of the week: How can I assign different materials to the different components of a door or a window?

Each component of a VisualARQ object, like doors or windows, can have a different materials for rendering purposes , as well as display and printing properties.

All these properties can be assigned to each object and component from its attributes tab, in the object style dialog.

  • Select the door/window/object style desired > click on the black triangle to display its components > select the one you want to assign a specific material > click on the attributes tab and enable the override attributes option > specify a material from any of the options available: By layer, by parent or other

The materials can also be assigned to objects "by layer", from the layer dialog box or individually "by object" from the properties dialog box after selecting the object.