Exercise 1.5.1: Modeling In-Place Components

In this exercise, students will learn how to:

  • Use the Model In-Place tool to create project specific custom forms.
  • Create simple extruded shapes and set the extrusion’s thickness and material properties.
  • Combine and resize extruded shapes to model common building elements, such as furniture objects.
Figure 1.5.1 - Using the In-Place editor to model counters by extrusions

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Student Exercise

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  • Open the Ground Floor plan view of the project model.
  • Create an in-place component to model a dining room table that fits the unique triangular geometry of the walls.
    • Create the table using two separate extrusions: one for the table base and another for the table top. The table top should be 4-inches thick with its top surface located 32 inches off the floor. The table base should extend from the floor to the bottom of the table top.
    • Choose a material for these extrusions that is similar to cherry wood.
  • Use the Place Component tool to place chair components of type Barrel around the custom table as shown in Figure 1.5.2.


Figure 1.5.2 - In-place component for dining table with barrel chairs placed around it

  • Model a custom-shaped bed as an in-place component for the nonrectangular master bedroom as shown in Figure 1.5.3. Since the bed needs to conform to the irregular geometry of the walls, it requires a custom component.
  • Model this in-place component using three extruded shapes to represent the following parts: the bed platform, the mattress, and the headboard.
  • Use void forms to cut openings in the headboard for books and bedsides accessories.


Figure 1.5.3 - In-place component for bed in master bedroom

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