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how do i import a VWX File i

Usaid, Student • 4d

I have downloaded a VWX file - cascade fountain But it seems that Archicad 20 is nt supporting thay file. What Should i do ? Is there a way to select the format of the downloaded file ? Or is there a way to open VWX file in Archicad 20 ?

Liz, Modlar Administrator

Hi Usaid, the best way to use the BIM/CAD Community sharing is to filter by software (which becomes visible when you do a search). Here is a link for a blank search query that shows all objects that will work with Archicad: . You can do the same with our products section. Products... 2 More Answers

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Hi - I have selected a light

Patsy, Student • Feb 2
Liz, Modlar Administrator

Hi Patsy, Not all our products have BIM/CAD files, but when you do a search you can filter them by the file you are looking for. Simply enter a product type in the search bar (or leave this blank if you want to see everything) and hit the search icon. Once the search is loaded, you will see a 'Formats' filter on the left hand side. Tick the f...

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having trouble placing downl

Lorna, Architectural Draftsperson • Dec 28

New to site. I've tried to download a archicad object and will not let me save it in the appropriate file to use

Liz, Modlar Administrator

Hi Lorna, Great news that you are now able to use the file. Yes, Modlar is completely free to use, we have a huge database of architectural products with specification details and many products have BIM/CAD files. We also have a great collection of inspirational photos of beautiful, cool and interesting architectural projects. I hope you enjo... 6 More Answers

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Judah, Student • Nov 28


Liz, Modlar Administrator

Hi Judah, To download Revit, go to a product page that has the right files and tick 'Revit' in the 'Downloads' tab on the right. Once you have ticked Revit, click on the download button underneath it. If you are having trouble finding the right products, you should do a search for the specific product you are looking for and then tick 'Revit'...

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i'm a new modlar subscriber.

wes, Architectural Draftsperson • Nov 3
Liz, Modlar Administrator

Hi Wes, yes absolutely. We have many products with Revit files. It might help to do a search for the specific product you are looking for and then ticking 'Revit' in the Formats filter on the left hand tab. Here is an example with windows: .

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Why am I missing the relevan

Elena, Student • Oct 13

After downloading and extracting the revit family, I import it into my revit project, and when I try to render, I find the furniture is just white instead of the texture it is supposed to be. I open the material browser and find that the texture is missing its requi... Read More

Sarah, Architect Office - Other

Hi Elena. Can I recommend you check the downloaded zip for a separate texture file. Thanks. 4 More Answers

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When I download files for Sk

Tom, Contractor • Oct 9

This is on a Windows 10 machine. I am able to open other Zipped files/folders. The error message states that the folder downloaded from Modlar is "invalid".

Liz, Modlar Administrator

Hi Tom, The issue has been fixed, so if you download the files again, the zip files should be extractable. 1 More Answer

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Are 2D AutoCAD files on this

Alina, Interior Designer • Oct 2

Looking for 2D AutoCAD files on this site?

Alina, Interior Designer

ok thanks for your answer! 1 More Answer

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How do I download the spec f

constantin, Architectural Draftsperson • Sep 19
Shawn, Student

Just google the name and model number of the refrigerator - you will probably get a link to the website where specs and such can be downloaded direct from the mfg. 1 More Answer

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Need a Revit Component for a

Patricia, Interior Designer • Aug 31
ANIS, Architectural Draftsperson

rivet nice to help with modlar 1 More Answer

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Can a Revit file be worked o

Gavin, Architectural Draftsperson • Aug 9
Liz, Modlar Administrator

Hi Gavin, I have done a little research for you and I think this might answer your question: . Let me know if that doesn't help.

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What software do you use mos

Liz, Modlar Administrator • Aug 7
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How to use this in software

Jeevan, Engineer • Jun 9

I had seen many products in this i want to know how it can be used in software revit

Lucille, Modlar Administrator

Hi there, Here is a helpful link that has many tutorials and information that will help you to get started with using Revit software, Enjoy! Thanks, Lucille Thanks, Lucille

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Sherwin-Williams Revit batch

Bryce, Architectural Draftsperson • Jun 1

Is there a way to download all 1,555 colors at once for revit? Sometimes the laptop is away from the internets.

Lucille, Modlar Administrator

Hi there, Unfortunately all Sherwin-Williams products are only available for individual download, sorry. Thanks, Lucille

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Disappointing -2D and 3D app

Leonie, Student • Apr 17

Just downloaded the ArchiCAD LCF (library container file) - ovens, steam oven and cooktops, from the Miele Australian website to use in ArchiCAD 20. The 'custom settings' display the models settings etc. correctly, however the objects 2D and 3D displayed appearance... Read More

PJ, Architect

I Just had the same experience. Incredibly disappointing. Add to this no DWG files for elevations etc. 2 More Answers

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Zip files instead of single

Elmer, Architectural Draftsperson • 2017

I downloaded my first 2 files a bit ago. They were zip files not single files. Is there any way to download a single since Revit will only open a single? I'm new at Revit and maybe someone has a better way to work with this situation? Thanks!

Elmer, Architectural Draftsperson

Scott, It was the Bosch appliances. I got the zip part. I use them all the time but I had to open the zip twice to get to the single Revit file that Revit needed. Seems like some items are double/triple wrapped. Thanks for the follow up. 1 More Answer

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Why can't I download any fam

yahsop, Engineer • 2016

Why can't I download any family

Mike, Modlar Administrator

Hi Yahsop, which products are you looking to download?

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How to use v-ray software fo

murali, Engineer • 2016

In Revit 2013 version, how to use v-ray software for the purpose of best rendering process.

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How can I download this on m

Robert, Engineer • 2016

I am using archicad 12

Mustapha, Architect

l am using archicad 16 1 More Answer

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What is the diff b/w BIM and

DINESH, Architect • 2016
Modlar, Modlar Administrator

Dinesh, here's a link to an earlier discussion Hope you find it useful!

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Revit Architecture 2010 comp

Paul • 2016

Is there any chance I can get some of your families in a Revit 2010 format? I know, I know, it's 8 years old and not supported anymore but, it still works fine for me. I'm looking for a shower stall I can put in a bathroom. You have a few that are very interesting b... Read More

Mike, Modlar Administrator

Hi Paul, let us know of the specific product you're interested in & we'll check it for you.

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How can I find the password

Agathe, Architect • 2016
Scott, Architect

You need to load the file via ArchiCAD's object library manager to the project your working on. If you just try opening the file, it will try to open the GDL object's script, which is password protected by the manufacturer..

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This Thermador Archicad file

Jim L • 2016

The file is for the 24 inch Built-In Wine Preservation Column T24IW800SP. One would assume that the password protection was done in error and the file should be uploaded without it.

Mike, Modlar Administrator

Most of our ArchiCAD objects are password protected to avoid errors when the user tries to directly open the object file. You can load object into the project library and use it in the project normally without opening it. You can change the settings through the object interface settings as well.

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Autodesk Revit Family doesnt

Charles, Architect • 2016

When loading a door, I expect the RFA to host onto a wall. This is not the case, not does the family create a void where the wall and door intersect. Am I perhaps not understanding this family?

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What is Building Information

Shi, Student • 2016
Mike, Modlar Administrator

Hi Shi, a thread to an earlier questions on BIM Take a look at some other discussions on BIM 1 More Answer

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How I can use that family in

wassim, Architect • 2016

Internal wall finish

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Do I need a password to open

Henrik • 2016

I downloaded (for the first time) an object from your site and when I wanted to open it in ArchiCAD I was asked for a password. I tried the one I used to sign in on your page, but without any success. How does it work?

Scott, Architect

Hi, this is because you have tried to open the object file's script, which is locked by the manufacturer.. In order to use the archicad object you need to add it to your ArchiCAD project. This can be done by adding it via your archicad library manager. Hope that helps!

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Do I download from OTHER 3D

Alice, Architect • 2016
Mike, Modlar Administrator

There is no Vectorworks file available to download for this model, you can download autocad from 'OTHER' and import into Vectorworks project.

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What type of barriers will I

gregco • 2016

What's the cost implementation going to be like? Basically, what are the pros and cons of using BIM?

Philip, Architect

Adding one more thought...the aerospace, automotive, oil and gas, and consumer electronics products sectors have been employing sophisticated 3D modeling and simulation systems for design, manufacturing and assembly for years. Its long overdue for the architectural profession to become fluent in BIM technologies, pushing their use to the limi... 6 More Answers

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How are sensors connected to

Deniz, Student • 2016

Hi, I'm a seniour Civil Engineering student and I'm writing my thesis on integration of BIM and FM programs. Right now I'm working on the sensors and the data transfer from sensors to FM systems. Other than using BIM in 3D modelling programs, it is possbile to find... Read More

Henrique, Architect

Programs with platform for use BIM and BIM OPEN , Vectorworks is the most plastic, with a drawing engine based on Cinema4D and easy to use . I use Vectorworks more than 8 years and not change. 1 More Answer

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Why are some ArchiCAD object

Vincius • 2016
Scott, Architect

Hi there, I assume you mean for the ArchICAD file? It looks like he script is protected, however just make sure you load it properly then it'll be find. To do this, add the object file to the project via the Library manager, this will then add it to your library or you can try drag and dropping it onto your project floor plan. However if you...

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How are IFC Files used in de

Alan • 2016

How are IFC files actually used? Are they editable? I've been put in charge of BIM because I have 30 years CAD experience. But the people in charge don't really understand BIM and I'm not getting the training! Anyway, what i want to know is: How if an IFC file ACTUA... Read More

Cari, Architect

Hey Alan, editting an IFC element doesn't imply meyhem... you can move them around to your hearts content, and if they are composed of a typical archicad object, you can edit to the heart is content. Where you run into trouble is if the object is a particular manufacturers product and you change it, well, it'snot really their product anymore... 8 More Answers

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Why I am being asked for a p

mohamed, Engineer • 2016
Mike, Modlar Administrator

You can load object into the project library and use it in the project normally without open it, and you change settings through the object interface settings as well. Hope this could help.

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How do I open an ArchiCAD fi

Stefan, Manufacturer • 2016

How do I open the GSM file? It asks me for a password, that I cannot find anywhere on your site. Thank you! Stefan.

You can drag and drop an ArchiCAD object file directly to your project floorpan and this will automatically add it to the project! However if you just open it like a file, ArchiCAD will try and "open" the object's script, which in the case of this file is password protected - this is protected so you don't accidentally break something! And th... 1 More Answer

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How can I put this BIM Objec

Gaby • 2016

I want to put this ATM Machine in my project. Could anyone help me?

Mike, Modlar Administrator

You could try export the above Revit file to IFC and then load it into ArchiCAD project.

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Which architecture software

Carrie, Architect • 2016

There are so many options available and cost effectiveness is my priority, so I want to make sure I make the right choice.

Fernando, Architect

The day I tried the Archicad, never had doubts. I never found any cad more complete to architectural design and build software. It's super full 37 More Answers