Adding a 3D/Polyline Solid to the User Catalog

Reference Number: KB-00035
Last Modified: March 31, 2023

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors


I have created a custom shaped 3D/Polyline Solid and would like to add it to the library browser so that I can use it in future plans. How can I accomplish this task?


A 3D/Polyline Solid can easily be added to the User Catalog in X15 and newer versions using the Add to Library edit tool. However, in X14 and prior versions, a 3D/Polyline Solid must first be converted to an architectural block before it can be added to the User Catalog in the library browser.

To add a 3D/Polyline Solid to the library browser in X15 and newer versions

  1. Using the Select Objects  tool, click on the 3D/Polyline Solid that you want to add to the User Catalog.

  2. With the solid selected, click the Add to Library  edit tool.

  3. The solid can now be found in the User Catalog and can be edited at anytime by right-clicking on the object's name, and selecting Open Object  from the contextual menu.

    Note: On a Mac, hold down the Control key while clicking to initiate a right-click command. More information about right-click commands on Apple input devices can be found in the following Apple resource: Right-click on Mac.

To add a 3D/Polyline Solid to the library browser in X14 and prior versions

  1. Use the Select Objects  tool to drag a marquee around the 3D/Polyline Solid.

    Selection marquee around a polyline solid

  2. With the selection marquee created, click on the Make Architectural Block  edit tool.

  3. Once you have blocked the solid, click on the Add to Library  edit tool to add the object to the User Catalog. 

  4. If you use this 3D/Polyline Solid in a future plan, and find you need to modify it, simply select it again and click on the Explode Architectural Block  edit tool to make modifications.