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September 17, 2020 by Tautvydas Maslauskas

Visitors to the legendary Crystal Palace, built in London for the Great Exhibition of 1851, were said to be awed by its unprecedented expanses of glass – 900,000 square feet of it (84,000 square metres). So much natural light. So spacious. Such openness to the surrounding Hyde Park, including three large elm trees left standing inside.

And that stunning result was achieved on time – with design and construction completed in under a year, and on budget – at a third of the cost of a prior plan for the facility. Key to such success was the use of the curtain wall – a non-load-bearing skin for a structure. As a façade system, curtain walls became viable as structural advances freed exterior walls of the need to bear big loads. Historically they were chosen mainly for aesthetics, but they have proven to enable performance gains too.

July 30, 2020 by Robert Prybyla

During the past 2 months we've hosted several live webinars covering specialty framing in Revit. On the timber side, those included structural insulated panels, cross laminated timber, and post-frame (a.k.a. heavy timber, mass timber, or oak) constructions. And for metal framing, we delved into ventilated facades, glazing, and curtain walls & panels. In this post we've gathered those webinars into one place.

In each webinar, our BIM application engineer shows the workflow for using our wood and metal framing tools in tandem with custom Revit families and configurations to model walls, floors, and roofs; distribute connection details and hardware; generate shop drawings and cut lists; and export to CNC machines, where applicable.

Without further ado, here's our 2020 collection of 5 webinars about specialty framing in Autodesk Revit.

June 05, 2020 by AGACAD

Join our free 30-minute webinar on June 17th for an expert-level demonstration of modeling light-gauge steel structures in Revit efficiently and preparing accurate shop drawings and cut lists for them. Using our powerful Metal Framing BIM software that's been continually improved based on the input of framing professionals from all around the globe, we'll show how to quickly frame single- and multi-layer walls, floors, and roofs for prefabrication. (The tool can also be applied to designing ventilated facades and curtain wall systems.) We'll go into more detail for LGS floors, rafter systems, and roof & floor trusses, and we'll show how designers working on element documentation in Revit can save hours by eliminating repetitive tasks like filling in parameter values or dimensioning.

After placing Revit families in the model automatically, the results you'll see are walls framed in several different ways and then a fully-framed building model that will include various multi-layered structures. Auto-sorting and marking all elements and newly-created structural members and producing shop drawings will be covered during this webinar.

All AEC industry professionals who design or manufacture steel structures (with or without the addition of ventilated facades or curtain walls) are welcome. Architects, engineers, drafters, and builders – we invite you to sign up! The webinar will be held twice, so please register for the session that's more convenient for you.

light gauge steel framing (fragment) modeled in Autodesk Revit using AGACAD Metal Framing BIM design software

May 28, 2020 by AGACAD

We've been diligently testing our Tools4BIM DOCK* against Revit 2021 to ensure complete compatibility of all the BIM Solutions and Tools4Revit Add-ins therein. Thanks for your patience, those of you who've been awaiting the pronouncement. We're glad to say our tools are ready to use with Revit 2021!

*The Dock is an interactive window in Autodesk® Revit® that allows you to access and manage all software products developed by AGACAD to help you get more out of Revit. Read more about the Tools4BIM Dock.

Here's how to get our tools running on Revit 2021.

For current users of our software

To companies/individuals who have an active license maintenance/subscription of at least one of our tools, we've sent an email containing software activation codes and a link to download our 2021 Tools4BIM Dock. (If you can't find it in your inbox, please check your spam folder.)

NB: If you're with a company, please ask your BIM manager or IT coordinator for these codes.

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May 13, 2020 by Renata Jočienė

Want to export light-gauge steel wall, floor, truss, or roof panel frames from Autodesk® Revit® to a CNC machine?

AGACAD's got you covered. (We've also got CNC Exporters for timber frames.)

Our CNC Exporter for Steel Frames automatically assembles all framing members per user definitions and send all necessary data and geometry to the machine or production line you're running for efficient prefabrication of metal structures. We have a CNC Exporter that's compatible with machines manufactured by Metroll, Royal C.N.C., Howick, and Scottsdale.

The exporter can easily be adapted to other CNC machines that read the same file extension and is customizable to fit users’ needs. We'll work one-on-one with you to make sure the final product performs seamlessly and accurately. Exactly the way you need.

Our CNC Metal Exporter must be used in tandem with our Metal Framing BIM software that's made for framing floors, walls, trusses, and rafter roofs in Revit. We've also got specialized solutions for framing Curtain Walls & Panels, Ventilated Facades, and Framed Partitions.

Advanced automation and built-in best practices help BIM professionals move fast, make optimal choices (particularly early in the design process), and avoid errors at every stage – from design and documentation to fabrication and construction. Our CNC Metal Exporter converts the framed model with all the information data and geometry inside the Revit project into a format readable by your CNC machine.

Below is more information on our CNC Metal Exporter as it pertains to each machine manufacturer.

March 31, 2020 by Ieva Janulevičiūtė

Our Wood Framing and Metal Framing BIM software for Revit has gotten another round of new features. Among the latest enhancements: more flexibility to control brace groups (including adding partial brace groups and allowing braces to run across openings), separate preassemblies for joined openings, special layouts for paneling, and to align the secondary stud system with the Project Base Point.

Current users of Wood/Metal Framing Wall/Floor/Roof, be sure to get these updates installed via the TOOLS4BIM Dock and start benefiting from them today.

Let's get into the new features that have been included in the latest version.

1. Separate Preassemblies for Joined Openings

This feature lets you make separate preassemblies for openings that are part of a joined opening — and the preassemblies will exclude other elements (like top plate supports, etc.) that extend across the joined opening. You can find this option to create separate preassemblies for joined openings in the 'Modify Configuration Settings' tab of the Default Framing Parameters window:

In this example of a joined opening consisting of a door and a window, we want a separate preassembly for the door and another for the window. Since the top support runs the width of the joined opening, it will not be included into either preassembly.


March 30, 2020 by Renata Jočienė

During the past year we implemented over 40 updates to our Wood Framing and Metal Framing BIM software for designing walls, floors, and roofs of prefabricated timber and light-gauge steel framed buildings in Revit®. Enumerated below are the top 31 enhancements (it was hard to choose!) that were made from February of 2019 to February of 2020.

These updates include new features and requests made by clients. (Click a topic to scroll down for details.)

Framing updates (Feb 2019 - Feb 2020):

  1. Align Stud Spacing with Frame and Opening Sides
  2. Split Sheathing by Openings and Prioritize Merging
  3. Expanded Possibilities for Joined Openings
  4. New Options in Link Wall/Floor/Roof
  5. Split Studs by Brace
  6. Multi-frame Assemblies
  7. New User Interface
  8. Framing Reports & Suggestions
  9. Validate Walls
  10. Custom Studs/Joists, Top Covers, Top Plates, Blockings/Noggings, Bottom Plates and Bottom Pads
  11. Custom Ridge Studs and Edge Joists
  12. Variable Joists
  13. Manage Connections
  14. Splitting Parts using Special Rules
  15. Modify Sheathing/Paneling
  16. New Numbering Technology
  17. Generate and Modify 3D Grids Created by One Roof Line
  18. Generate Trusses by 3D Grids and Auto-Array throughout a Roof
  19. Complex Truss Roof Framing
  20. Create Uniquely Shaped, Parametric Truss Families even for Multiple Roofs
  21. Modify Trusses using the Truss Builder
  22. Terminal Truss Roof
  23. Replacing Trusses
  24. Overhang Framing
  25. Create separate preassemblies for each joined opening
  26. Add transportation braces (even across openings)
  27. Align Secondary Stud System with Project Base Point
  28. More options for brace groups
  29. Special layouts and splitting options for paneling
  30. Minimum dimensions for openings to be framed
  31. Toggle configuration visibility

October 08, 2019 by Ieva Janulevičiūtė

As you may already know, the user interface of our software for framing wood and metal walls and floors in Revit got a makeover this past July. We're glad to announce that the UI of our Roof Framing solutions has been updated as well! So now all of our BIM framing solutions for Revit have a sleek new look.

To users of Wood Framing Roof or Metal Framing Roof, be sure to download the update in the Dock to begin using the new interface plus a few new functions that have been added (read on for more on those).

All the previous commands are still included, so don't be thrown by the new look. Although commands have been re-arranged, they've been complemented with icons and tool-tips to help you quickly find what you're looking for. See below for where commands are located in the ribbon in the new UI of Roof+.

September 24, 2019 by AGACAD

Prepared by Bryan Bradley of Textus Aptus

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When it comes to wood and metal framing, Renata Jociene, Lead BIM Application Engineer at AGACAD, has tremendous insight and experience. She agreed to share her thoughts on the current state of BIM software for framing all types of buildings with timber and with cold-formed steel.

Q: To start, could you tell us a bit about trends today in framed construction?

Framing always played a big role in the building industry and today that role is only growing, especially with people’s focus on green solutions.

Timber-frame building construction in Los Angeles (USA) | AGACAD

Both wood and steel framing have major advantages for sustainability – big efficiencies in both the construction and use of a facility, and recyclability. That’s true all over the world, though there are regional differences. Like in the U.S., where so much timber is available and there’s a long tradition of wood-frame houses, as I recently wrote in the article “Wooden Houses in the USA: A Centuries-Old Building Tradition”.

Framing is being used not only for houses, but for all types of buildings really. Wood is more common for residential, and metal for industrial or commercial facilities, but a lot depends on structural needs and choices. Wood framing is more earthquake resistant, for instance. In any case, big efficiency gains are being achieved with pre-fabrication solutions. The world is steadily moving to BIM, including framed construction, and “BIM-to-fabrication” is a hot keyword in the field.

June 17, 2019 by AGACAD

We've been hard at work testing our brand new DOCK* against Revit 2020 to ensure complete compatibility. To those of you who have been anxiously awaiting the news, thank you for your patience. We're glad to say our tools are ready to use with Revit 2020!*The Dock is an interactive window in Autodesk® Revit® that allows you to access and manage all Revit® products developed by AGACAD.

Here's how to get our tools running on Revit 2020.

For current users of our software

To companies/individuals who have an active license maintenance/subscription of at least one of our tools, we've sent an email containing software activation codes and a link to download our 2020 Tools4BIM Dock. (If you can't find it in your inbox, please check your spam folder.)

NB: If you're with a company, please ask your BIM manager or IT coordinator for these codes.

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