HYTAC Basics

HYTAC Basics

The «HYTACBasics» course of the spring semester 2022 aims to deepen the student`s understanding of 3d-modeling and 2D-CAD-drawings taught in the previous semester through transitioning from Rhino3d to the software ArchiCAD. By modeling a part of El Poblenou – the semester`s design studio site – a thorough analysis of the local urban fabric will take place while simultaneously offering an ideal framework to test digital workflows for context preparation as well as teamwork set-ups in ArchiCAD. Furthermore, the different qualities, applications and levels of detail of digital and 3D-printed context models will be explored.

Time: Mondays 09:45 until 11:45
Place: HIL E1
Start of course: 21.02.2022

Helpdesk: Opening hours
Zoom: Helpdesk Zoom
Email: hytac@arch.ethz.ch

Course Material


Please write to hytac@arch.ethz.ch for further information.

Abgabe Miro Board

Miro Board HYTAC Basics

Course Preparation

AC-0 ArchiCAD Foundations

3d printing cardinal rules

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Link to “Doppelkojenfiles” of Poblenou Model

Course Content

Day 1 – 21.02.2022

Day 2 – 28.02.2022

  • Introduction to teamwork in ArchiCad
  • Modeling & 3D printing tips
  • strategies of how to set-up a modeling & 3D printing workflow & schedule for plot of Poblenou model
  • “how to” of printer distribution for spring semester (steps can be found on Miro Board HYTAC Basics)
  • recording of livestream

Day 3 – 07.03.2022

  • FAQs regarding modeling and printing can be found directly on Miro Board HYTAC Basics
  • Introduction of cleaning plan of 3D printing lab: Students of the respective group are responsible for the week up to the respective date
  • Students who are still not signed-up to a printer via Nextcloud after having tried to contact the D-arch Helpdesk to solve log-in issues: please write to Hytac@arch.ethz.ch
  • IMPORTANT: for ArchiCad teamwork to work smoothly “ARCHICAD-25-INT-Update-5005-1.0-INTEL” must be downloaded and installed by everyone
  • recording of livestream

Day 4 – 14.03.2022

  • FAQs regarding modeling and printing (can be found directly on Miro Board HYTAC Basics)
  • Important input for 3d printing:
    • include your name & phone number in the file name of the g-code so you can be contacted in case of printing troubles
    • print with brim (if necessary)
    • clean print bed (metal sheet) every 3 days with soap to improve adhesion

Seminar Week – 21.03.2022-25.03.2022

Day 5 – 04.04.2022

Day 6 – 11.04.2022

  • no lecture