Tip of the week: How can I create customized doors or windows?

How can I create customized doors or windows?

  1. Create a 3D and a 2D block of the door/window for the Perspective View and for the Top View (insertion point: lower center)
  2. Draw the boundary of the door/window (any closed planar curve should work)Custom Door 3D.2D
  3. With the “Create Profile from Curve” command (type _vaProfileFromCurve or click
    on the VA_ProfileFromPolyline icon), create a custom profile using the boundary drawn in step 2.
  4. Right-click on the door icon to execute the “Edit Door/Window Styles” option (or run the vaDoorStyles/vaWindowStylescommand).
  5. Right-click on the Door Styles folder > New > Door style

  6. The Door Style Wizard will open and will ask you to specify the style name, and to choose a profile from a list.
    Find your custom-profile in the list and select it.


  7. Click “Next” (skip the dialogs to define “Standard size”, “Frame”, “Stop” and Leaves”) until the “Custom blocks” option appears. Check the boxes “Use a custom block in model" and "Use a custom block in plan view”, and then assign them the 3D/2D blocks that you created before. If you don’t assign any 3D or 2D block to the model and 2D representation, the door/window will be shown based on its component parameters.


  8. Click “Next” and “Finish” to see the resulting custom door.

NOTE: This custom-door/window won’t be parametric. You need to draw it with
the appropriate dimensions. If you wish to modify it, you need to edit the original block, taking into account that the opening custom profile may change and the block base point might be moved away from the bottom center point of the block, which may cause a mismatch between the door/window and the opening in the wall. If this happens, edit the block and make sure you select its bottom center point as the block base point. Edit the custom profile and save it as a new profile with the vaProfileFromCurvescommand, as described in step 3. Open the door/window styles dialog and assign the new profile to the door/window style.

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To have you own block put in the model and in the plan view is surely a good thing.

Is it correct that once exploded the plan view the block is exploded as well?

Will it possible in the next releases to keep it as a block to eventually use it as such in other cad?


Hi Stefano,

When you explode a VisualARQ door or window that was made from a block, it turns into the original block. If you explode it again, it turns into the individual parts.

In any case, since you had to create a block to generate that door or window style, you can insert that block anytime, even if there is no door or window using that block in the model.


Thanks for replying but maybe I didn't myself enough clear.

What I mean is:

By making a plan view of the visualarq model I get a 2d where any lines is on the layer it belongs to but what was a block in the 3d model, in the 2d is just lines, although still in the proper layer. I' d need that block kept to be a block in the 2d drawing. I hope this is clearer

Hi Stefano, 

Excuse me, I didn't understand you well but now I know what you mean.

Right now it is not possible to do what you say. When you create a 2D Plan view, the 2D drawing result ignores if the 2D representation of a door or a window comes from a custom block or the door/window parameters. It only keeps the information of the layer of those lines. That's why when you explode the Plan view, you get the individual lines, but not the original block.

However, we will study this request to add it in future versions of the software.




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