CAD Details are special view windows for drawing, saving and organizing 2D drawings associated with the current plan or layout file, such as site plans and cross section details. They are listed in the CAD Detail Management dialog as well as in the Project Browser and can be created in both locations, as well. A collection of CAD elements can be blocked together and added to the Library Browser for use in future plans.
Add a filled closed polyline by group selecting the polyline, then make it a CAD block, and finally, add it to the Library Browser.
Create a CAD point in a CAD block to use as a snap to assist snapping CAD objects precisely in CAD Details. Add details to library for future use.
Create detail drawings in your plan using the Auto Detail tool, CAD blocks from the library or manually using the CAD tools.
Line weight scaling affects both line weights and line styles, and can be particularly noticeable with dashed line styles.
Individual CAD lines and arcs can be snapped together end-to-end to form a polyline, but only when Endpoint Object Snaps are on and Edit Object Parts is off.
Use the Export tools to convert a Chief Architect plan file into a two-dimensional AutoCAD compatible DXF or DWG file.
Cabinet elevations can be easily created using the Wall Elevation and CAD Detail From View tools. Trim unnecessary lines using the Trim Objects tool.
To create a polyline solid with precise dimensions use the CAD tools to create a closed polyline of the desired shape and convert it to a polyline solid.
The Line Style Specification dialog allows you to create new line styles in the library that include dashes, dots, and text.
Create a plot plan polyline by imputing distance and angles into the New CAD Line dialog, then convert the polyline into a terrain perimeter.
Create an Isometric cutaway view by using invisible walls to separate the areas and different floor structures to show the layers.
You can use the special line styles and custom layers in Chief Architect to draw your Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning (HVAC) and Plumbing plans.
The CAD Blocks library category contains generic drawings that are intended to be a starting point for you to create the exact detail drawing that you need.
You can customize any light fixture in Chief Architect so that it represents an LED light or other specialty lighting type.
The CAD Block Management feature allows you to view a list of all CAD blocks referenced in the current plan and rename, insert or purge CAD blocks.
Create a custom gutter profile by using CAD lines, arcs and splines then add the molding to the library for future use.
If the CAD block has been stretched so that it no longer has the same aspect ratio, it cannot be unblocked. The Height and width factor must be reset first.
Grey water recycling is an excellent way to reduce water usage because it offers a means to use some water - specifically, grey water - more than once.
It is possible to block a shaped countertop hole with an imported sink so that the countertop hole matches the shape of the sink.
Use a temporary CAD Point to create the necessary snap point and then use the Point to Point Move edit tool to reposition a CAD block with accuracy.
CAD blocks, architectural objects, and even groups of objects can be flipped, reversed or mirrored using the Reflect About Object edit tool.
A great way to show the as-built condition on a remodel project is to create an As-Built Mask CAD block of the existing structure following these easy instructions.
There isn't a way to convert a digital image into a 3D model in Chief Architect; however, you can use an image of a floor plan as a template to trace over.
Missing data from .dwg or .dxf imports can be a result of version compatibility, paper space, x referencing or unsupported formats.
The Fillet Two Lines and Chamfer Two Lines edit buttons allow you to add fillets, or curves, and chamfers, or angled edges, to the corners of CAD objects.
The Project Browser is a convenient way access to all of the views saved with an open file.