3D models library for ArchiCAD, Autodesk Inventor and AutoCAD

Customer: Vaillant Group (Protherm brand) (http://www.vaillant-group.com/)

The German company Vaillant Group is a world leader in the manufacture of heating equipment, represented in more than 60 countries around the world. The company's headquarters are located in Remscheid (Germany).

By request of Vaillant Group Rus - representative office in Russia - was developed library of 3D models of boilers manufactured under the brand PROTHERM.

The library includes:

  • Gas and electric, floor and wall hanging boilers, boilers running on fuel or oil fuel. They are series Panther, Tiger, Bizon NO/NL, Medved and others.
  • Water heaters such as WH B60 Z, FE 150/6 BM and others
  • The boiler control unit (Thermostats)

3D model of boilers in Autodesk Inventor 

At first the library was developed in Autodesk Inventor. It was easier to create an accurate 3D model in Autodesk Inventor, because Autodesk Inventor is a CAD for professional 3D design modeling. For all 3D models were set materials and colors.


3D model of boilers in Autodesk AutoCAD

The next step is all of 3D models have been exported to the DWG format. Users can open 3D DWG models in AutoCAD, ZWCAD, BricsCAD, etc. It was done for wider audience coverage because a huge amount of designers use DWG CAD systems.


3D model of boilers in Autodesk ShowCase

Also it was executed high-quality visualization using Autodesk Showcase. 3D models have been set originally materials and color, so visualization turned out as a real photo.


Library for ArchiCAD

The customer also wanted to make a library of 3D models for ArchiCAD CAD system. We modified 3D models to ArchiCAD and added parameters descriptions, size of equipment, technical manuals. This work required programming in GDL (Geometric Description Language) that was very interesting for our programmers. It was done perfectly.