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How to Set Up ArchiCAD and Twinmotion Direct Link

ArchiCAD is a powerful tool for creating 2D and 3D architecture models, while Twinmotion Direct Link allows users to quickly generate photorealistic renders of their projects. With the combined power of these two programs, architects can have complete control over their design process. Learn how to make the most out of the ArchiCAD-Twinmotion Direct Link collaboration in this guide.

What actually is a "Direct Link" ?

A direct link is a connection from Archicad to Twinmotion via a smart Datasmith Exporter Plugin for Archicad with Direct Link functionality. Once you have installed the plugin return to this article and follow the steps below on how to set up the Direct link.

With this live connection, both the Archicad and Twinmotion model are synchronized in real-time, enabling architects to edit the model and make design decisions on-the-fly, while all changes made in the Archicad model are subject to an automated update process inside Twinmotion.

How to get started with Archicad to Twinmotion direct link.

Watch the video or follow instruction below the video which explains how use Archicad to Twinmoition direct link.

1. After you have installed the datasmith plugin, open both applications - Archicad and Twinmotion. Now open your Archicad project. While in Archicad you need to be in the 3D view window to be able to synchronize your Archicad model to Twinmotion. This is because only 3D information is able to be synched to Twinmotion.

2. Next you go to Twinmotion and create the direct link. To do this make sure you are in the import options. Then click on the plus to import a file or create a direct link. We like to create a direct link hence we choose the option Direct Link next to the Geometry option.