1 Controlling a Symbol's Bounding Box

An object’s bounding box determines the amount of space it requires in 3D and thus how close it can be moved to other objects before it bumps into them.

2 Converting an Object into a Symbol

While 3D symbols can be imported from third parties, you can also create your own symbols in Chief Architect using any combination of architectural and CAD-based objects.

3 Creating a Bollard Path Light Using Solids

You can use the solid Primitive tools to create a wide variety of custom objects, including custom light fixtures such as bollard path lights.

4 Creating a Custom Cabinet Symbol and Adding it to the Library

Cabinets can be edited and combined to create a wide variety of custom cabinetry and furniture, and then be saved in the Library Browser for future use.

5 Creating a Custom Door Symbol

You can create custom door symbols using many methods. One way is using solids to create a custom panel door and add it to our library for use in other plans.

6 Drawing HVAC Ductwork

Molding polylines can be used to create HVAC ductwork in your plans for display in both 2D and 3D.

7 Editing 2D CAD Blocks Assigned to 3D Symbols

Architectural objects in the library are represented in floor plan view by 2D ¬CAD blocks. In some cases, you may want to change the 2D display of a symbol.

8 How to Enable Resizing of Fixtures and Furnishings

Furniture, fixtures and geometric shapes in the library can only be re-sized when this option is enabled in the Plan Defaults dialog.

9 Importing a 3D Symbol from an Outside Source

Import 3d party .dwg, .dxf, .obj, .3ds, and .skp formatted symbols by using the Import 3D Symbol option from the File menu.

10 Locating Extra 3D Symbols to Import in to Chief Architect

3DS, SKP, OBJ, as well as DXF and DWG files can be obtained both free of charge, and often for a fee, from a number of sources on the Internet.

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