Creating a Custom Dentil Molding
| Reference Number: KB-00840 Last Updated: 07-30-2014 10:28 AM
The information in this article applies to:
My project calls for a custom dentil molding. How can I create one?
You can create any custom repeating molding style using the Symbol Molding feature.
To create a simple dentil molding
- Select File> New Plan to open a new, blank plan.
If your template plan includes any pre-drawn architectural objects, such as a terrain perimeter, you will need to delete them.
- Zoom in so that you can clearly see the lines of the Snap Grid. These lines will help you draw your molding symbol at the correct size.
- Select Build> Primitive> Box , then click and drag to draw a rectangular solid object.
- Click the Select Objects button, then click on the box to select it and click the Open Object edit button.
In the 3D Box Specification dialog:
- Specify the Width as 2", the Depth as 1/4" and the Height as 3".
- Click OK to close the dialog and apply your changes.
- Select Build> Primitive> Box , then draw a second, smaller box next to the first. This box will serve as the raised "tooth" of the dentil molding.
- In this example, the smaller box is is drawn 1" to the right of the larger one.
- Select the smaller box and click the Open Object edit button.
In the 3D Box Specification dialog:
- With the smaller box still selected, click the Transform/Replicate Object edit button to display the dialog.
- In the Transform/Replicate Object dialog:
- Check the box beside Move.
- Specify the distance needed to move the small box on the X axis so that it is centered over the large box. In this example, it is moved -2 1/2".
- Click OK to move the small box into position over the large box.
- Select 3D> Create Perspective View> Full Overview from the menu to see the results so far. .
- The default material for 3D Solid objects is concrete; however, you can apply any material you wish using the Material Painter. Select 3D> Materials> Material Painter> Material Painter from the menu.
- In the Select Library Object dialog, browse and select a material that appeals to you and click OK.
- Click on each of the boxes to apply that material to them.
- If you wish, you can apply a different material to each box.
- When you are satisfied, select File> Close to return to floor plan view.
- Click the Select Objects button, then click and drag a rectangular selection marquee around the two boxes to select them both.
- Click the Transform/Replicate Object edit button. In the Transform/Replicate Object dialog:
- Check the box beside Copy and specify 4 copies.
- Check the box beside Move and specify the width of the large box in the X Delta field.
- Click OK to make an array of four sets of boxes lined up side-by-side.
To create a molding symbol
- Select 3D> Create Perspective View> Full Overview from the menu to create another 3D view.
- Select Tools> Symbol> Convert to Symbol from the menu.
- In the Convert to Symbol dialog:
- Select Molding from the drop-down list of categories.
- Check Add to Library to save your molding symbol in the Library Browser under the User Catalog.
- Click OK to close the dialog.
- Your custom molding is now saved in the library. You can now give it a short, descriptive name and move it to a custom folder to suit your organizational style.
The molding symbol is now ready to be used in any plan.
To apply symbol molding to a room
- Open the plan in which you would like to use your custom dentil molding.
- Click the Select Objects button, then click on the object that you would like to apply the molding to.
- You can apply moldings to rooms, doors, windows, cabinets, and molding lines and polylines.
- Select 3D> Create Perspective View> Full Camera from the menu, then click and drag a camera arrow to see the results.