Placing and Configuring the Rooms

First we’ll create the openings on the south wall, which is the front of the building. To do so, double click the room either in the window or the browser to activate it.  All settings for the room openings are from the inside of the room looking out, and are indexed from the right. Open the room’s form from the Form tab of the iLogic browser, and switch to the South Wall tab. This wall needs a door and a window, so turn the Visibility of both on…

The door and window will be set to whatever the configurator is set to. For this exercise I am eyeballing things, but you would normally be entering field dimensions here, so here they are:

South Wall

Door

  • Width = 36”
  • Height = 80”
  • Opening Right = 71”

Window

  • Width = 96”
  • Height = 52”
  • From Floor = 28”
  • Opening Right = 189.5”

In this exercise, the door and window placement is not critical because they do not affect the cabinetry. If you do millwork as well, obviously you would need to have damn good field measurements! After clicking Apply, the door and window should be positioned correctly…

Tip: If you are tweaking something with the form, (adding one dimension at a time then checking the results), the apply button will not become active until you click in another field, or hit Enter.

 

Here are the North Wall opening settings. Obviously the visibility needs to be true for both the door and window:

Door

  • Width = 36”
  • Height = 80”
  • Opening Right = 45”

Window

  • Width = 72”
  • Height = 68”
  • From Floor = 12”
  • Opening Right = 150”

You may have noticed that there is an Opening Left field for both openings. This is read only, and is used for tweaking things. For instance, if all you can get is a dimension from the left, you adjust the right until this number is correct.

That’s it for this room. All other rooms will be placed inside of this one. The last thing that needs to be done before moving on is closing the form. If the form is left open, you may start using it to configure the next room without knowing it. Close the form then save the file.

On a single room project such as a kitchen, all you would need to do is place the room model, configure it, and you would be ready for cabinets and possibly millwork…. but this is a commercial job and we have a dozen rooms to go. Before getting too far though, take a look in the Bidding > Medical Depot > Modeling folder where this model resides…

As you can see, the room files were created in the same folder as the master assembly (Medical Depot.iam), and were given a suffix of -01. The next room placed will be suffixed -02, and so-on. The same will happen with the cabinet parts. Also note that even though we renamed the assembly ‘Overall Model’ in the browser, the assembly file itself remains Standard Room-01.iam. Do not rename files! If you do so, you will break the model, and there is absolutely no need to do so anyway.

4 comments on “Placing and Configuring the Rooms
  1. Robert Thresher says:

    This all looks really great, however do we work with odd shaped rooms, and or curved walls?

  2. Mark says:

    The odd shaped wall is addressed later in this tutorial, but if you have something really unusual you would need to go in and use Inventor to modify the room. Same with the cabinets. If there is a specific room shape you need shown, that would make a good tutorial one I am done with the basic tutorials.

  3. Robert Thresher says:

    How do we manage colors, I admit to not being the sharpest tool in the box when it comes to inventor. The video’s show everything in gray. What if we want to show the customer, or print out the design to take to the customer? How do we manage the colors for that?

    • Mark says:

      I will be adding more colors to the material library as soon as I can. Right now, the models should be either white or black –but the white may look gray. I’ll see about doing a quick tutorial on adding materials and colors when I get back to my office this PM.

      The latest version of the model is on the ftp site ready for download as well.