It’s somewhat surprising that we don’t have a bottle trap object in the standard library so, given that I do a fair amount of residential work where people do want to see as much detail as possible, it was time to stop slapping primitives shapes together.
The object itself is fairly simple with four common types of traps including a simple bend.
There are hotspots in 2D to adjust the diameters of the trap and the drain pipe as well as its horizontal length. 3D hotspots allow stretching or shrinking of the horizontal and vertical pipes. There are reasonable max and min limits to these lengths.
The settings are relatively basic but there are not a lot of permutations and combinations one can have here, so I think they should be sufficient. However, as always, suggestions are welcome.
If only all manufacturers were as concerned about having their products accurately and easily inserted into CAD drawings. Marvin sets the standard by giving architects not just basic 2D drawings (dwg and dxf) but 3D symbols for ArchiCAD, ADT, SoftPlan, Chief Architect, Home Designer and SketchUp!
Go to :: http://www.marvin.com/default.aspx?page=Resources_and_Technical_Information
Koillismaan Lasi Ky is a professional shower ware manufacturer from Finland. Their products include shower cabin, shower enclosure, shower screens; sliding, swing, and pivot shower doors.
16 GDL objects [49 kB]
Go to :: Koillismaan Lasi
The GDL object download is the last link in the right hand navigation panel.
More than 200 GDL objects from their furniture catalogue in their download section. Also available in some other formats.
Edit: It looks as though the objects are no longer available.
From a company that mostly makes office furniture is a library of their products in GDL format.
[6.2MB .rar / 8.2 MB .zip]
Go to :: http://cadsymbol.kinnarps.se/html/en/item_ARCHICAD.html
The site is in French but the tooltips are in English and it’s mostly visual anyway; you shouldn’t have any problem finding an object of your choice. There’s a textures section that’s coming “soon”. All told, it’s a pretty good resource.
Go to: Archicado
The links point to major collections of 3D objects that can be used by Archicad or Artlantis. This is a very good idea and I only wish I knew a little Spanish. Of course I view the site in English so it shouldn’t really matter but still; it’s more fun to read something in the original instead of a machine translated version.
Go to: 3D Archicad Artlantis Objects
While hunting for training guides other than the one distributed by Graphisoft, I came across a whole bunch of downloadable tutorials. Some I already have – but many are new. These include tips and shortcuts to speed up drafting, dimensioning tricks, a custom window tutorial and GDL-101 for beginners. Apart from the Training resources, don’t forget to look at other sections on the site that deal with CAD standards and (US) Government guidelines.
http://www.dcagroup.com/cad_area/ [BGW CAD Info Page]
Website no longer available
For a site that’s been around almost two years, I would have thought there’d be more models to download but, well, it is a blog after all. Their models are in *.3ds format and there are 5 collections of textures as well.
Free 3d Models Collection by CGIndia
Free objects from Olivier Dentan including a Tent-maker object; this is modified from the original one created by Frank Chin – who is proving to be quite difficult to find on the net. There are references to objects made by him but none that I can find to download.