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November 03, 2017 by Ieva Janulevičiūtė

NEW FEATURES for Wood/Metal Framing in Revit: Modify Joined Openings, Split Studs and Joists, Add Sloped Custom Headers, and more

Once again, AGACAD has made some great changes to both its timber and metal framing software. So many in fact, it’s hard to know where to start! One thing’s for sure: they bring flexibility that’s geared toward making your work in Revit even smoother.

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Here are the headlines:

  • Load custom family catalog automatically
  • Use your custom headers for sloped openings
  • Modify joined openings
  • Split studs and joists
  • Calculate overall assembly dimensions
  • Control how ridge studs are added
  • Add filters to your configurations
For more on each of these features, read on!

Load your company's family catalog automatically

From now on, you’ll be able to select your company’s family catalog to automatically load families into a project by simply adding the folder’s location after selecting “Load Families and Schedules”:

That way, your families will be loaded automatically, and you won’t have to go through the hassle of loading them manually. What a relief!

Use custom headers and sills for sloped openings

Not long ago, we unveiled the [totally awesome!] feature to create your own custom headers and sills. And now, it’s even better because custom headers and sills now work with sloped openings. You just have to use a special family “M_Wall_Frame Sloped_Rotated Header” for creating them, and it‘ll work like a charm.

As a result, you‘ll see your header placed on normal openings as well as sloped openings:

Configuring and modifying joined openings

There are now two ways to frame joined openings:

  • by the widest element’s configuration (be it a window or door), as in the past, OR
  • if you just tick “Select Configuration by Full Width of Joined Opening”, it will read the total width of all joined openings and use the configuration that fits that range.

What's more, new functions for modifying Joined Opening Framing have been added, which can be found in the “Modify Frames” menu:

Split studs and joists

The possibility of splitting multiple Studs/Joists has been added. In order to do this, just tick the “Split Studs/Joists” box in the Additional Bridging/Nogging/Blocking configuration dialog:

The studs or joists will be split in the additional element’s position. You can also use invisible elements for this.

Furthermore, later on you can automatically add joist supports, including connection elements and details:

Calculate overall assembly dimensions

You can find this convenient function in the Shop Drawing menu:

You’ll see the Depth, Length, and Height values in the instance properties of the assembly.

More control over ridge studs

Additional functionality for Ridge Studs has been added in the Framing Configuration. Now, you’ll be able to control how many ridge studs are added in different situations.

For example, I’ll add 3 Studs and 3 Top Cripple Studs for “Top Plate Ridge Studs” and add a single element in all other situations, just to see the difference:

...and SHAZAM! The proper number of studs are added in each location.

Filter your framing families

And last but not least – filtering has been added in the Framing Configuration menu. You’ll be able to filter specific framing families and types needed for each configuration.

First, you have to tick the “Activate the Types Filter” box:

And then, you’ll be able to set the criteria by which you want to filter. For example, I’ll filter framing families by their width (b):

As a result, I won’t see framing families that I don’t need in my Framing Configuration:

So, that's a summary of what's new in this round of wood & metal framing updates. If you're already a user of our framing software, be sure to update the software today in your TOOLS4BIM Dock!

New to AGACAD? Welcome and thanks for reading! We offer a lot of solutions that make your life in Autodesk® Revit® easier - from Wood & Metal Framing to MEP to Precast to element and family management.

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