Copy/Array of BIM Objects
This section explains the various methods of copying or arraying an object on Snaptrude.
- You can copy an object or a group of objects in both plan as well as 3D view using the Copy/Array tool.
- Click on the copy tool and click on the edge or vertex of the object you want to copy. Move the mouse in the direction you want to copy in, and click again to place the copy.
- To copy the object at a specific distance, in the input field Distance, type in the distance and press the Enter key.
- To create multiple copies of the object, click on the numerical input field Copies and type in the number of copies and press the Enter key.
- You can give multiple inputs during Copy/Array by clicking and typing in each input field. You can also change the same field multiple times by clicking and typing in a different value in the same input box.
Tips: You can lock the path of the array with the axes using the arrow keys.
Creating identical copies
- To copy/array an object, select the object and go to the Design tab and choose Copy/Array(C).
- Put in the distance and number of copies, and press Enter.
- Non-unique copies of objects have the same geometry, such that if one object is edited, all the copies are changed with the same parameters too. Material applied to one copy is applied to all copies.
Creating unique copies
- To copy/array an object, select the object and go to Design tab and choose Copy/Array(C).
- Put in the distance, and number of copies, click on the checkbox next to Unique and press Enter.
- Unique copies of objects have similar geometry, such that if one unique object is edited, all the other copies are unaffected. Material applied to one unique copy doesn’t affect the other copies.
Copying a group of objects
- Use the select tool and Ctrl + click to select multiple objects or marquee select multiple objects.
- Now you can use the Copy/ Array tool to create copies of the selected objects.
Copying objects using keyboard shortcuts
You can also use the keyboard shortcuts Ctrl. + C and Ctrl. + V to copy and paste objects. Objects can only be copied and pasted onto the same storey
Making a copy unique after the array command
Non-unique (cloned) copies of an object can be made unique using the Make Unique button in Object Properties. This works for objects copied using Copy/Array with the Unique check box off. It also works for objects copied by storey replication (Copy Selection Up & Down) with the check box off.
Select the objects (rooms, walls, slabs, etc) you want to make unique. Open Object Properties in the right tab, and click on Make Unique.
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