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Powerful Opportunities in Design

Powerful Opportunities in Design

ARCHLine.XP® 2016 newest tools: support in 3D printing ARCHLine.XP files, powerful BIM solutions, parametric beam and column extensions, easy niche design tool, new tiling with predefined patterns makes the design process quicker, easier and smoother. Last but not least: you should check out the brand new rendering module!

During the development of ARCHLine.XP 2016 the goal was to have an easy-to-use interface & workflow not only for the experienced users but beginners in computer design as well. 

ARCHLine.XP 2016 comes with an integrated interface joining the two Architectural and Interior user interface.

The new DirectX11 graphic update provides a smoothing design experience in 3D. Directx11 exploits the latest in video hardware features. 

The new developments expedite daily work, and help to understand the handling of unused tools. The Beta release is coming soon, with the new features listed below. 

It is up to the designer – use it all of them or just some? 

Professional Rendering quality

ARCHLine.XP 2016 comes with a new, easy to use rendering module.

The first-class Redway3D Render module is an integral part of the software, which for example Artlantis is based on. Create high quality render just with One Click!
 

Quick preview image, excellent light effects, the use of multi-core processors are all characterized to create photo realistic images just in a few minutes.

 

 

BIM That Works for You

ARCHLine.XP 2016 provides powerful BIM solutions to fit your workflow and address your BIM needs.

With the genuine ARCHLine.XP Open BIM solution you use a complete system that is independent of third party tools such as AutoCAD, Revit, Vectorworks and other applications.

ARCHLine.XP is equipped with a fully integrated Open BIM interface and provides the ideal basis for an intelligent and multi-disciplinary data exchange with architects, structural engineers and other project stakeholders.ct.

The standard BIM file format is the IFC, which contains all building information data gathered from or added to the project and this same format can be used during the whole life-span of the building.

IFC is a universal and manufacturer-independent industry standard file format for data exchange.

ARCHLine.XP 2016 support the IFC 2×3 standard file format, which guarantees an efficient and good quality data and model exchange between CAD/BIM applications.

One of the biggest values of the IFC format is that the architectural items keep their types and properties in it. The walls, slabs, and other architectural items remain walls, slabs, etc. with the same properties when you open them in another BIM software – there might be little differences because of technological reasons.

The IFC-based data exchange exceeds the nowadays widely used DXF or DWG based data exchange and this means you can export and import a lot more information using IFC than using the regular drawing file formats.

 

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Woodwork framing design

You can set up detailed settings for the wall structure when designing the woodwork wall framing. You can work with specific layouts defining the distribution rules within the wall and of course you can use any kind of (even custom designed) cross sections.

Setting up the header and sill for the foors and windows is just as easy as defining othere structural items. Changing the size of a door or window will automatically update the inner structure of the wall based on the rules defined.

You can easily store these settings into the so-called styles which makes it very easy to use them in other projects or even share with other designers.

 

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Cutout – Recess – Attachment – Niche

Recess or niche is a void element hosted in the wall, slab, column and beam, where the thickness of the recess is smaller or equal to the thickness of the wall, slab, column and beam. Recess in wall works similar to window or door when you place it into the wall. You can edit its profile, sill height, texture and distances from the wall endpoints.

Walls
The design method is similar to window or door placement and it is easy to edit them later on. The profile parameters can be set or edited individually. Recess lights can give a spectacular appearance to the room. 
Slabs

You can freely edit the contours on the plan. You can easily change the depth of the recess or the attachment or you can create a cutout into the slab.

 

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Beam and Column features

 

Arched beam

Custom arched beams are commonly used as a design element in trusses. Arched beams allow you to create structural or woodwork designs on vaulted ceilings or archways.
 
You can create arched beams in vertical and horizontal direction as well.  
 

Column and Beam with parametric recess and cutouts

Column and Beam has been greatly improved with a completely parametric implementation of recess and cut-out. Using the subtraction operations you can have greater control over your wooden or reinforced concrete structures.

 

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3D printing from ARCHLine.XP

3D printing or additive manufacturing is a process of making three dimensional solid objects from a digital file.

Read more here!
 
You can export the 3D model in the .STL file format compatible with stereo lithography.
This file format is widely used for rapid prototyping, 3D printing and computer-aided manufacturing to create physical parts and models.
STL files describe only the surface geometry of a three-dimensional object without any representation of color, texture.
 
How to export 3D model into an STL file
  1. Click File menu > Export.
  2. In the Export Files dialog box, type the file name.
  3. Select StereoLithography (*.stl). in the Save as Type combo box and Click Save.

   http://software.materialise.com/minimagics

 

 
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Tiling with predefined patterns

Laying wall and floor tiles are extended with 4 popular patterns:   
  1. Herringbone: each rectangular tile is laid at 90 degrees to the one next to it, creating a “fish bone” pattern
  2. Hexagon: three hexagons meet at each vertex.
  3. Four square finger parquet 
  4. Five square finger parquet.

 

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Manage Project information

ARCHLine.XP provides new option for project customization, including standard and user defined Project information parameters. The standard parameters are the following:
  • Issue Date 
  • Status
  • Project Name
  • Author
  • Project Number
  • Client Name
  • Project Address 
  • Postal Code
  • Project Location
  • Building Type
  • Project Phase
Beside the standard parameters you can add any number of new project related information parameters. Project information parameters are linked to Project Layout Stamp and fills the appropriate fields automatically.
 
Project Properties
 

A new look for Showroom

You’ll also find a completely rebuilt Showroom, the online repository containing high-quality fabrics, 3D models from leading product manufacturers and retailers. The new viewer displays and enables to select on one webpage the whole collection of Product types, Brands and Product families. 

 

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PDF printing

The Margin value is editable in case of printing a PDF file.

 

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Open and Close Furnitures

The parametric cabinets can be represented with different representation in 3D one by one: 
  • Closed
  • Slightly open
  • Open
  • Without front

 

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Glass wall - new properties

The glass, the frame and latticework parameterization has been further redefined, the relative position of the components (a direction perpendicular to the wall) can be adjusted.

 

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Ramp by cross section profile

New option was oncluded for the ramp, the cross-sectional profile defined and the possibility to edite.

 

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New Design Center options

The Design Centre (DC) is where content is available to be selected and dragged into your design.

The DC comes with new opportunities by browsing the collection of furniture, fabrics, colours by brands, providing them with access to high-quality texture representation and 3D models 
The new DC is good opportunity to make smarter design choices, leading to more confident purchase decisions.
Advantages:
  • Easy to navigate category layout
  • Search field to browse by name, brands, product name and product categories.

New Section tool properties

The size range is displayed behind the section line can be adjusted.

 

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3D views: real time mirroring and soft shadow

Two shadows mode 
In DirectX 11 video mode ARCHLine.XP 2016 can display the 3D model with real-time reflections and two shadow modes .
You can choose from following Shadow representations to visualize the 3D model:
  • Soft shadow
  • Hard shadow
Real time mirroring 
In DirectX11 mode, the reflective surfaces of glass and mirror image of the 3D model makes the 3D model more realistic.
 
The DirectX11 mode, the reflection is a visual effect that gives the appearance, but not a true reflection.
Do not confused it with a high-resolution photo-realistic image calculated with real reflections.
 
Surface roughness 
 
The effect of the surface roughness properties which can be set for the textures will appear in the 3D model.
With this settings the final 3D model in consistence colour mode becomes more real without creating a rendering.
 
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