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ArchiCAD Tip: Wall Ends

The Wall End is a useful tool that many users may not be aware of.
It is used to cap/close a free standing wall where at least one end is not connected to another wall.

Where a wall does connect to another wall, the wall skins are mitred/connected based on skin intersections, but a free standing wall has nothing to connect to, and therefore any composite skins will continue to the end of the wall.

The 'Wall End' tool (found in the More section of the Toolbox) allows you to create a correct wall end profile based on a number of different options.
Wall Ends are parametric GDL objects (similar to window and door objects) and Wall End parameters (such as width and height) can be customised in the Wall End Settings dialog.

Workflow to place a Wall End on a wall:

  1. Double-click the Wall End Tool to open its settings dialog box (see below)
  2. Choose a Wall End type
  3. Change any required parameters
  4. Click OK to exit the dialog
  5. Click on a hotspot at either end of a wall to place the Wall End.

Note that if the wall is, at some future time, editted to connect with another wall, the Wall End object must be removed or it will leave an odd-looking connection.
Also when trying to select the wall end object, it is common to use the <TAB> key to cycle through the Pre-Select range, as the wall itself will most likely highlight first.

Some samples are shown below, with the uncapped wall display shown on top:
• Cased End, 50mm thickness on all sides
• Returned End, with 1 skin turned
• Returned End, with 2 skins turned
• Wrapped End with 100mm thickness

Last Updated: 17 April 2013