DIALux Tutorial 4: Creating a cornice in DIALux

creating a cornice in DIALux

In this DIALux tutorial you will learn about creating a cornice in DIALux in the following commands.

1-   Importing and managing a cad file.
2-   Using extrusion volume.
3-   Scaling an object.
4-   Using copy and arrange tool.
5-   Using subtract command.

This DIALux tutorial gives some tips on creating a cornice in DIALux; the cornice could be normal like the one on the lift photo below or a cornice for cove light like the one in the right photo below.

creating a cornice in DIALuxFirst let’s get the cad drawing which have the section of the cornice and import it to DIALux evo

Follow the step below to import the cad drawing

creating a cornice in DIALux

Form display options make sure that DWG display is activated

Now the second step is to creating a cornice in DIALux

Go to furniture and select Extrusion volume

After that click on draw extrusion volume

Follow the cad lines, when you finish all the points right click and select close polygon.

Now you have created the section of the cornice in the plan view of DIALux, so the next step to rotate the object to be in the right position.

Select the object and go to the position and rotate 90 in x axis

creating cornice in DIALux

Now you can see the object

creating cornice in DIALux

you can move the object to right location, let’s say for this example it is the ceiling of a room.

You can move it easily in the side or front view

creating cornice in DIALux

You can scale the object in the plan view to cover the required space

creating cornice in DIALux

Now you can copy and paste the object multiple times to cover all the boundary of the room, then move rotate and scale

according to the required length, you can see form the plan view below


While moving or rotating, if the any of objects moves in the z axis, you can easily adjust that by the awesome align tool

Go to copy and arrange tool then select all the objects of cornice and click on light align top z then all objects will follow the most top object.

There is now one step left to refine the shape of all corners

There are two types of corners, inside and outside as you can see form below photo

You don’t need to do anything about the inside corner, but the outside corner will look weird as you can see below

Now let’s refine it and cut the extra shape.

To cut the extra shape, follow the steps below

I-Zoom to the outside corner

II-Draw an extrusion volume covering the extra triangle area of one object

III-Make sure the corner triangle covering the cornice, if not use copy and arrange tool to align it to the top of the cornice

IV-Select both object and go to copy and arrange tool, then select subtract tab as could be seen form below.

V-Repeat the same steps for the other object

Now you should be having a perfect outside corner cornice

The source of article belongs to DIALux Tutorial 4 of Ezzat Baroudi who has a good background on lighting in the market. There are many significant sources in his blog that will help you understand the dialux 4 and dialux evo. As Lumenhub, we suggest you to discover his well informed posts. Thank you.

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