Changing the 2D display of a 3D object

Objects within the furniture database are modelled in full 3D so that you can apply them to your designs to represent furniture layouts, space planning, garden landscaping and kitchen and bathroom designs. Each of these models has a series of properties and they can be re-sized, rotated and re-coloured. In addition to the 3D properties of a model, each object has an associated 2D symbol which will appear when viewing your floorplans in Construction mode or on printed plan layouts.

There are of course occasions where you may want to change the 2D symbol to be able to identify a particular object, simplify the symbol or in the case of models downloaded from Sketchup Warehouse, add a more meaningful symbol. This is easily achieved using the following method.


1) Insert the model into the plan. In the image below you can see we have imported a sofa using the direct link to Sketchup Warehouse

how to change 2D display of 3D object

2) Now if we look back at the symbol for this sofa in Construction mode (F12) the current 2D symbol does not provide a detailed representation of the item:

Open 3D object in construction mode

3) We need to edit the 2D symbol to make the information more meaningful when looking at plan views.

4) Firstly, to be able to edit the display we need to add this object to the database. This can be done by simply dragging the object into the objects database (into a writeable folder). See section ‘Adding Objects to the Database for information.

5) With the object now saved to the database, locate the thumbnail for the object in the catalogue. Make sure you select the Object icon on the left hand menu and that the objects database is then displayed in the database pane on the right. Navigate through the folders to the location you saved the object.

6) Now right-click on the thumbnail for the object and in the drop-down menu select the options 2D Display

7) You will be given the following dialogue box:

Define alternative display for 3D object

8) This shows the current outline which is calculated by the software

9) Click on the drop-down on the left labelled Symbol and select the option Catalogue

10) Then use the browse button () to open the folder viewer. This launches the existing Symbols library.

11) Locate the 2D symbol you wish to assign to this object (Note: if you wish to use a custom symbol, either from an imported CAD file or something you have drawn yourself using the 2D tools in Arcon Evo, you must save the symbol to the symbols database BEFORE you assign it using this method)

12) Select the replacement symbol and click Save. The object will then use the assigned 2D symbol when you insert it from the database