Arch Space

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Arch Space.svg Arch Space

Menu location
Arch → Space
Workbenches
Arch
Default shortcut
S P
Introduced in version
0.14
See also
Arch Wall, Arch Structure


Description

The Space tool allows you to define an empty volume, either by basing it on a solid shape, or by defining its boundaries, or a mix of both. If it is based solely on boundaries, the volume is calculated by starting from the bounding box of all the given boundaries, and subtracting the spaces behind each boundary. The space object always defines a solid volume. The floor area of a space object, calculated by intersecting a horizontal plane at the center of mass of the space volume, can also be displayed, by setting the display mode of the space object to "detailed".

Arch Space example.jpg

Space object created from an existing solid object, then two wall faces are added as boundaries, and the display mode is set to "detailed" to show the floor area.


How to use

  1. Select an existing solid object, or faces on boundary objects.
  2. Press the Arch Space.svg Arch Space button, or press S, P keys.

Limitations

Properties

  • DATABase: The base object, if any (must be a solid)
  • DATABoundaries: A list of optional boundary elements

Scripting

See also: Arch API and FreeCAD Scripting Basics.

The Space tool can be used in macros and from the Python console by using the following function:

Space = makeSpace(objects=None, baseobj=None, name="Space")
  • Creates a Space object from the given objects or baseobj, which can be
    • one document object, in which case it becomes the base shape of the space object, or
    • a list of selection objects as returned by FreeCADGui.Selection.getSelectionEx(), or
    • a list of tuples (object, subobjectname)

Example:

import FreeCAD, Arch

Box = FreeCAD.ActiveDocument.addObject("Part::Box", "Box")
Box.Length = 1000
Box.Width = 1000
Box.Height = 1000

Space = Arch.makeSpace(Box)
Space.ViewObject.LineWidth = 2
FreeCAD.ActiveDocument.recompute()

After a space object is created, selected faces can be added to it with the following code:

import FreeCAD, FreeCADGui, Draft, Arch

points = [FreeCAD.Vector(-500, 0, 0), FreeCAD.Vector(1000, 1000, 0)]
Line = Draft.makeWire(points)
Wall = Arch.makeWall(Line, width=150, height=2000)
FreeCAD.ActiveDocument.recompute()

# Select a face of the wall
selection = FreeCADGui.Selection.getSelectionEx()
Arch.addSpaceBoundaries(Space, selection)

Boundaries can also be removed, again by selecting the indicated faces:

selection = FreeCADGui.Selection.getSelectionEx()
Arch.removeSpaceBoundaries(Space, selection)