In this tutorial I’m going to show you how to create an opening endcap and move your doors alongside the wall length in AutoCAD Architecture.

At the bottom of this tutorial you can find a video screencast showing you how to insert and reposition your doors.

How to Edit Opening Endcap and how to Turn in Brick Component by Openings

You would like to turn in the exterior brick component of three-layer exterior wall by the doors in 60 mm [2”] thickness to create such an outer reveal opening. The following operation line can be performed on the left end of any of the three patio doors.

  1. Select the top wall containing the patio doors.
    Then a contextual tab (Wall) displays on the Ribbon, which contains special commands about the walls similar to the Right-Click menu. Endcap commands are also here. Start the Endcap Edit in Place command.
    AutoCAD Architecture - Endcap Edit in Place
  2. For the “Select a point near endcap:” command, select the left side of one of the openings at the wall.
    Autocad Architecture - Select a Point Near Endcap
    Once you have selected it, the program goes to the Edit in place mode at once, which is shown immediately by the Edit in Place: Wall Endcap on the Ribbon
    NOTE: Until you finish editing with one of the last three buttons, program will stay in this operation mode.
    AutoCAD Architecture - Note
  3. If the end of the exterior brick component is not selected, throw away the selection with ESC and select it with Left-Click.
    AutoCAD Architecture - In-place Edit Profile
  4. Then click on the edge grip, and start to drag to the right, and type 60 [2”] in the dimension input and finally press ENTER.
    Then the two new edges are created.
    AutoCAD Architecture - The Two New Edges Are Created
  5. Now click on the lower edge grip and drag it to the door frame, namely to the lower face of the insulation.
    Finally click on the Save AsAutoCAD Architecture - Save Asbutton on the Ribbon.
    AutoCAD Architecture - Click on the Save As Button
  6. You have to name the endcap style on the displayed Opening Endcap Style, and you have to mark on which sides of the openings the originally 2D “endcap style” creates the 3D “endcap style”.
    Type Door 3D name in the Save as new opening endcap style cell, Door 2D name in the Save as new wall endcap style cell, and let the End, the Head and the Start page checkboxes on. It means that down at the Sill turning in brick component is not desired.
    At the Apply the opening endcap style turn on the default for this type of opening.
    AutoCAD Architecture - Opening Endcap Style
    Press OK to close the panel.
  7. If you worked well, the new openings endcap style applies at all the inserted doors (patio doors).
    AutoCAD Architecture - Patio Doors

How to Modify Patio Doors

Because of turning in the brick component the 50 mm [2”] wide frame of the patio doors “sank” in the reveal. In the following the door frame is enlarged to 100 mm [4”], and the size of the doors will be changed from 1600 X 2400 to 1700 X 2500 [5’-3” X 8’-0” to 5’-7” X 8’-2”].

  1. Left-Click, select the middle patio door and start the Select Similar command from the Right-Click menu to be chosen all three doors.
    AutoCAD Architecture - Select Similar
  2. Go to the Properties palette and override the Width of the three doors to 1700 mm [5’-7”], and the Height to 2500 mm [8’-2”].
  3. After typing the height press ENTER, and then put an end to the patio doors selection with ESC.
    The size of the doors has changed, but widening of the frame still to come. It cannot be changed in each object, only at the “style level”.
    AutoCAD Architecture - Style Level
  4. Select one of the patio doors, Right-Click, and start the Edit Door Style… commands from the drop-up menu.
    AutoCAD Architecture - Edit Door Style
    NOTE: The Door Style Properties panel can be started from the Ribbon, if you click on the Edit Style button.
    AutoCAD Architecture - NOTE - Edit Style
  5. On the displaying Door Style Properties panel click on the Dimensions tab, and in the Frame field override the A-Width to 100 mm [4”].
  6. Press OK to close the panel.
  7. The width of the patio doors has changed.
  8. AutoCAD Architecture - The Width Has Changed

How to Move the Patio Door along the Wall Length

The original 1360 mm [4’-3”] distance between the two openings got slimmer by widening patio doors. In the following you will restore it by moving the door along the wall length. For practicing two different methods can be used.

  1. Select the left patio door, and start the Reposition Along Wall command on the contextual Door tab displayed on the Ribbon from the Anchor panel.
    AutoCAD Architecture - Reposition Along Wall
  2. At the same time a red line appears by displaying prompt “Select position on the opening:”. Depending on where you move the cursor, the red line will jump between the left side of the door, the right side of the door or the center of the door.
    NOTE: The inside of the door of the frame was used for specifying dimensions, so now the program uses it as a reference side.
    NOTE: The red line may not be seen completely, because it is overlapped with the endcap or frame, but it can be observed.
    Make a strong-minded Left-Click to the RIGHT of the selected door to specify the right edge as a reference face.
    AutoCAD Architecture - Select Position on the Opening
  3. The next prompt is “Select reference point”.
    AutoCAD Architecture - Select Reference Point
    Then using snap to ENDpoint, select the left edge of the middle opening on inside of the frame like in the following figure.
    During selection the current distance between the two points is written in a dimension input: 1210 mm [3’-9”].
  4. “Enter the new distance between the selected points” command prompt displays, and the relevant dimension input will be active (will be blue).
    Type 1360 [4’-3”] and press ENTER, and then with ESC put an end to the selection.
    AutoCAD Architecture - Type 1360
    The left door is moved so the new distance between the two openings is 1360 mm [4’-3”].
  5. As you know that the right door has to be moved by 150 mm [6”], a simpler method will be used here.
    Select the right door, click in its center grip (causes it will be red) and drag the cursor horizontally to the right, then type 150 [6”] and finally press ENTER.
    NOTE: The accurate horizontally dragging is not a strict demand, but it is important to show the new direction to the right.
    AutoCAD Architecture - NOTE - Move Along Length
  6. The new status should be like in the figure.
    AutoCAD Architecture - The New Status
  7. Save the drawing with the SaveAutoCAD Save Command Iconcommand.

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