Fun With Morphs – ARCHICAD QuickTip Tutorial #2

Watch this 27 minute ARCHICAD video tutorial and learn easy, elegant and efficient solutions to three tricky modeling challenges sent in by members of my ARCHICAD Coaching Program.


Discover creative ways to use Morphs to:

  1. Cut off and cap the top of a wall at handrail height following the slope of stair treads with an intermediate landing
  2. Inset an intricate pattern of contrasting stucco finish into a brick wall
  3. Create and clean up a “made to order” ADA-compliant pipe rail for stairs using a set of complex profiles converted into a morph.

These questions were compiled from recent sessions of my ARCHICAD Coaching Program. Members of the program get my personal assistance in working with ARCHICAD.

For more information or to sign up for ARCHICAD Coaching, please visit http://www.bobrow.com/coaching.

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A.J. Soltani - December 27, 2016

Hi Eric Bobrow
wonderfull thanks

Christopher Ellis - December 28, 2016

Hi Eric,

What a great idea to distill hard won results from the coaching calls into mini lessons ! Inspired !

On the way to Florida after s successful season at our gallery and my design work. Still working with customers in MA, just will do it remotely this year !

Happy New Year,

R.Sonberg - December 28, 2016

Always enjoyable and informative. Very clear presentation.

Rabie - December 28, 2016

Great job
Thank’s a lot
Best continuation

Colum - January 1, 2017

Thanks very much Eric, a few nice tips on the margins, like the slab guide for rotation.

I would have added that you could have used the resize tool adjust the stucco in height with the brick lines on the elevation before converting to a morph.s
The apporximate size you used at the beginning is easier to adjust after you’ve multiplied them into the overall.

A very Happy New Year to you and yours.


    Eric Bobrow - January 1, 2017

    Colum – Thanks for your comment and suggestion. You are right, the Resize command would be useful in this situation, although unfortunately it resizes in both directions the same percentage, so if you make the group a little shorter, they’ll also get narrower. Following that step, one could then use the marquee stretch option to bring each side back to an appropriate alignment.
    – Eric

Laurence Brill - January 12, 2017

Hmm… I haven’t tried this however I saw an idea using SEO using the new ‘Air’ material at a User Group Meeting in Brisbane, Australia which gave me this thought.

On the Quoin brickwork example, it you made the first SEO object out of air, then it would not have left the small edges of the brickwork painted white You could also, if desired, leave it on the same Layer and left turned on, because its made of Air❗️

The other way was to make sure that the correct SEO option was chosen in respect to changing the material to the SEO object or leaving it as original.

I totally forgot to think that walls could be round and used for handrails etc… nice work, thanks mate

    Eric Bobrow - January 16, 2017

    Laurence – Brilliant! Setting the morph in the brickwork context to use a special Air building material (fully transparent, with a very high priority level to cut through everything else) would probably work beautifully. However, although the morph could be on the same layer in terms of the 3d model (the Air would disappear from the 3D view) it might mess up the plan representation of the walls, and might add extra lines to a section. I would put it on a different layer, but in this case, leave the layer intersection group number the same as the one used by the wall layer, so that the building materials would intersect and clean up properly. Thanks for the excellent suggestion!
    – Eric


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