ArchiCAD trussmaker is a built-in tool that allows you to create girder and truss objects for visualization purposes. Graphisoft’s ArchiCAD has several GDL objects that can be used for trusses. However, if you are looking into creating custom trusses, the trussmaker tool is very helpful with that. In this video tutorial, I will take you through the step-by-step process of creating custom trusses using the trussmaker tool.

Creation of trusses with the ArchiCAD Trussmaker is a very simple process that involves the use of lines (documenting tools). The outline of the truss is drawn in ArchiCAD using lines then converted to a 3D object using the built-in ArchiCAD trussmaker tool.

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