ArchiCAD, a free CAD software for students and teachers

ArchiCAD is a CAD platform that has a good time in the market, although initially it was a version for mac, it was up to 1987 that the 3.1 version was known.

If you recall, ArchiCAD 3.1 was already competing against AutoCAD 2.6 in 1987, just like DataCAD and DrawBase did, but it is its later years that have catapulted it to be very popular. Let's see some of its advantages:

Free for students and teachers

This strategy is one of the most aggressive that this system has launched, since to download it only requires registration, then it sends you a provisional password that you must confirm every month. After a year you must be renewing the password, but as long as you consider yourself an instructor or student you can use it and get used to depending on it, if you don't mind that the generated projects have the Graphisoft logo in one corner.

Available for Mac and PC

In this field, ArchiCAD has remained very well accepted by Mac users, after AutoCAD he left Mac in 1993 and Microstation in 1995. ArchiCAD allows working with DWG, DXF, IFC and Sketchup files and components can be developed under Geometric Description Language (GDL)

Adapted to standard trends

From the beginning ArchiCAD had a bit of an advantage, as it is an object-oriented tool, not vectors. It is clear that it was for the Architecture and Construction market, unlike AutoCAD which was a general drawing tool. This gave him a certain level of advantage, when AutoDesk acquired Architectural Desktop ArchiCAD was already very mature. With the new trends ArciCAD has adapted to the concept BIM (Building Information Modeling),  under the Virtual Building patent to stay in the international trends of AEC software. The importance of this concept is that the platforms that develop specialized applications are easily adaptable to the field of architecture and engineering, so the issue of printing, generation of cuts, views and dimensioning is not a complexity.

Interoperable with multiple platforms

  • image CYPE, ArchiCAD has connection with these specialized applications for the design of civil engineering in buildings (structures and installations), so that it can be accessed between both platforms through the IFC formats.
  • Archimedes, This is an application oriented to the quantification of works and the integration of costs; ArchiCAD allows bidirectional connection with Archimedes.
  • image Google Earth, With ArchiCAD you can interact with Google Earth Warehouse, not only to upload the models and visualize them as 3D buildings but also to import data from Google Earth.
  • SketchupThis is the platform that Google acquired, and that is used for 3D modeling has the advantage of being extremely easy for initial sketching; in a few minutes you can work on a complex idea with good taste. By means of an ArchiCAD plugin for Sketcup, you can get a work done in Sketchup and this is recognized under the smart building model.
  • MaxonForm and AtlantisR, ArchiCAD's integration with these technologies allows you to model, edit and render complex or non-traditional objects for traditional architectural designs; being “one click away” gives you better results.
  • IDER Y CALENER VYP, Through the format cte, you can make connection of ArchiCAD, assigning materials and properties to the building elements and thus gain advantage of these applications specialized in energy optimization.

Here you can download ArchiCAD

ArchiCAD will have an exhibition at the international architecture fair to be held at the Polytechnic School in February.

Golgi Alvarez

Writer, researcher, specialist in Land Management Models. He has participated in the conceptualization and implementation of models such as: National Property Administration System SINAP in Honduras, Management Model of Joint Municipalities in Honduras, Integrated Cadastre-Registry Management Model in Nicaragua, Territory Administration System SAT in Colombia . Editor of the Geofumadas knowledge blog since 2007 and creator of the AulaGEO Academy that includes more than 100 courses on GIS - CAD - BIM - Digital Twins topics.

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  2. მესაჭიროება კონსულტაციები

  3. I've been watching some video tutorials of this ArchiCAD program so I'm interested in the program as I do to download it

  4. For many years I was a user of Architectural Desktop, I think I started with AAD 2000 that was based on Autocad R14. When I first had an ArchiCAD I entered my hands I felt that the world had been transformed. Never again use Architectural Desktop, although I recognize that the last times I saw him use I felt that he had improved substantially, ArchiCAD has already won me.

  5. good I have the libraries and when to place in three of the annual automatically l program how I can solve if the libraries are compatible with the file that uses and how it solves this because it requires me a version of 2.6 that I have to guradr in this version and as I do to solve this in vien a message how to solve eye that my windos is doing well now if the program is wrong because it was badly designed thank you and take care this attention by aui handles more than two hundred students in the one architecture and it would not be good advise that wl program would be a farce in between

  6. Well, you must open it with a GIS program (it can be Manifold, ArcGIS or even AutoCAD Map), then assign it a coordinate system. Google Earth requires you to assign geographic coordinates and WGS84 datum.

    Once the projection is assigned, the file is saved in kml format, and it can be displayed by google earth.

    En this post we did it using a dwg with manifold

  7. a question please, as I insert a file of an autocad poligono that is in utm coordinates in ggogle earth ?, thank you for your answer, thank you very much.

  8. Darwin, you can see this post, where there is an application in Excel to convert UTM coordinates to Geographic

  9. I commented that I need a UTM cordenas program to GEogrsficas

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