11 Replies Latest reply on Nov 15, 2017 1:12 PM by Ben Stoe

    Architectural Floor Plan

    John Roosa

      How do I use SW 2011 to create 2D floor plans?

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          Timothy Holman

          I have used solidworks drawings to create floor plans for evacuation routes and simple things like that.  You can create a new drawing an just use the sketch tools to create the plan. 

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              John Roosa

              Thanks Tim.  I'm new to SW and still trying to find my way around.  I believe I also need to change units to feet and inches?  Will this then show as I draw the lines?

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                  Timothy Holman

                  SolidWorks does not have a reputation for being a great architectural design software.  You can use the tools available to get a result.  It is weird working with large sketches in a drawing because when you sketch it does not scale.  You do want to change your units to feet and inches you can do this through the document properties but what you may want to do is create the sketch on a plane in the part enviornment then save that part file that is just a sketch and insert that into a drawing because then you can scale it as you wish and maintain the correct dimensions.  if you sketch a ten foot wall in a drawing it will be much bigger than your drawing sheet. 

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                Anna Wood

                John,

                 

                SolidWorks is not the best tool for 2D work.

                 

                Try Draftsight, www.draftsight.com, it is a very good, FREE, AutoCAD 2D clone.

                 

                Cheers,

                 

                Anna

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                  John Stoltzfus

                  Good morning John,

                   

                  Someone used to AutoCAD for floor plans would throw out SW quite quickly, however I have used it for years doing site plans for large projects.  I have a library of equipment that I just insert and go, what I like is I can do it quicker in SW then my co-worker can do it in AC and I have instant on the go 3D.

                   

                  I wouldn't even consider using AC, goes to show that it's what you like and what your used to,

                   

                  Later,

                   

                  John

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                      Anna Wood

                      John S.

                       

                      Are you doing 2D sketching in SolidWorks in a slddrw or 3D modeling of your floor plans?

                       

                      Cheers,

                       

                      Anna

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                          John Stoltzfus

                          Good afternoon Anna,

                           

                          3D Modeling Only,

                           

                          First I need to clarify, I do site plans that our sales people use to sell the job and equipment placement, it's not the the Empire State Building .

                           

                          Within some of the plans I do get involved a little on the actual architectural floor plan of an existing building, however it's not as detailed as a house plan or supermarket, etc.., however, I personally would use it for those types of buildings.  There is no way I would go back to straight 2D, even if it's easier.  I want the visual.

                           

                          I just got finished with a preliminary layout (below) and have another one here on my desk to get done

                           

                          Later,

                           

                          John

                           

                          PS: If I would want to do everything in 2D I would have used AC

                           

                           

                           

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                      • Re: Architectural Floor Plan
                        Ben Stoe

                        six years later but I'm running across the same questions and since AC is on my other machine necessity was the mother of invention.

                         

                        made a 3d model of a space then used the top view as usual for plan view.

                        to achieve elevation views if interior walls drag instances of the top view off to the side. you will need two

                        with one you can section view to walls

                        with the other create the other two elevation views

                        with the views you have now created right click and detach alignment

                        rotate for a horizontal view more appropriate to architectural plans

                        take it from thereCapture.JPG