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March 05, 2018 by Andrius Bialyj

Q: How can I frame an opening for a set of pipes passing through a wall and make individual openings for each one in the sheathing layer?

A: While there are other workflows, the one I’ll describe below seems to be the simplest with the least steps and configurations. The following steps will lead to this end result for your pipes:

1. You have to create Opening configurations for your pipes (ducts, etc.), which will insert simple round openings for your pipes (you can use one configuration for all sizes) but will join those openings into a rectangular framed opening, in case the pipes are close to one another (second screenshot):

February 14, 2018 by Ieva Janulevičiūtė

New versions of our Wood & Metal Framing software for Revit have been released! The improvements included in Wall+, Floor+, and Roof Panel Frame solutions let you easily sort and number walls, structural framing elements, and structural connection elements by your own specific rules configured via Sort Mark. Also, by using additional options you’ll be able to split parts and number elements at the same time as a wall is being framed — and update the details automatically!

In the enhanced versions, you’ve got these new functions in the “Shop Drawings” menu:

  • Numbering Setup – opens a window in which you’ll be able to set numbering rules for walls, structural framing, and structural connection elements by using functionality from the framing software and Sort Mark configurations
  • Number Walls – numbers all walls by the configuration, set in the “Numbering Setup”
  • Number Elements – numbers all structural framing and structural connection elements by the configuration, set in the “Numbering Setup”

February 07, 2018 by Robert Prybyla

registration linkOur third webinar of 2018 will be on February 15th. This one's about creating complex connections automatically, and we'll begin with auto-generating multi-layered wall/floor/roof framing in Revit. That's just the preparation for the fun part, though! Once we've done the framing, we‘ll see how to distribute various connection details (fasteners, hardware, etc.) automatically using our Wood & Metal Framing software and, for even more complex situations, Smart Details, which lets you define rules and insert hundreds of elements throughout your project with a few clicks.

How can you distribute details with the Framing Software?
What are the benefits and possibilities of using Smart Details as well?
Find out in this webinar!


(By the way, on the registration page, be sure to FIRST *set your time zone*. And THEN you can choose the webinar time which is most convenient for you.)

We kindly invite all current users of our Framing software as well as potential users to attend. If you're a modeler, designer, engineer, or architect in Revit, we warmly welcome you to join in this webinar. Our engineer will show just how quick and simple handling fasteners and hardware in Revit can be. Come and see how to do it for yourself!

January 30, 2018 by Andrius Bialyj

link to metal wall product pageAGACAD's software is constantly being improved with newly-conceived features based on our clients’ experiences and needs who are BIM professionals in their industries. Having received some requests regarding our metal wall framing software and thoroughly looking into the possibilities with our clients, we’re ready to unveil several new and improved features that have been added to Metal Framing Wall+ and are available for all users. All you need to do is update the tool via the TOOLS4BIM Dock and then you’ll be off and running with the latest functions for framing metal walls.

So, what's new exactly? Let’s get right into it.

Load Additional Types

When you use the “Load Families & Schedules” command, only some example family types are loaded into the project:

However, if you need some additional family types, you don’t need to look for those families and types through the native Revit “Load Family” dialog anymore.

January 18, 2018 by Robert Prybyla

We’re kicking off our 2018 webinar season on January 31st! The first installment will be on framing multi-story buildings in Revit®. The content of the webinar is applicable to both wood and metal framing, so if you’re into either or both of those, we invite you to join us.

We kindly invite all current users of our Framing software as well as potential users to attend. If you're a modeler, designer, engineer, or architect in Revit, we warmly welcome you to join in this webinar. The workflow our engineer will present significantly speeds up framing multi-story buildings. Come and see how to do it for yourself!

December 12, 2017 by Robert Prybyla

Over the past month or two, our Wood and Metal Framing solutions have been beefed up significantly. Even though we’ve talked about a lot of those updates in several recent blog posts, there are still some points that we haven’t gone over yet. In the latest version of these powerful solutions, you’ll find extended functionality for framing openings, view rotation, mixed wood-metal framing, and more.

To make your work faster and smoother.

Wood Framing logo

Metal Framing logo

The latest versions include enhancements for Joined Sloped Openings:

November 27, 2017 by Robert Prybyla

We're hosting a webinar to highlight a new function of our Framing software: automated framing of wood or metal floors. Whether your floors are simple or complex, you can frame them with speed and ease. We're here to show you how in this webinar!

We kindly invite all current users of our Framing software as well as potential users to attend this half-hour webinar. Come hear about the latest features that make framing floors in Revit easier than ever.

Registration is open and free!

In this webinar about framing timber or light-gauge steel floors, you’ll see the entire workflow: from having a simple floor modeled in Revit to auto-generating multilayer floor framing using Wood Framing Floor+. Not enough?

November 16, 2017 by Ieva Janulevičiūtė

Before diving into the details of this update for our framing software, perhaps a little distinction is in order. Due to such frequent updates of our software, a common question always comes up: "Why is your software updated so often?" And we understand. After all, sometimes that little red dot shows up in the Dock more than twice a month!

TOOLS4BIM Dock OverviewThe reason for such a high frequency of updates is because we try to fulfill clients' special requests as soon as possible. Instead of making a client wait a month or two until the next VERSION is released, we strive to implement their specialized requests as quickly as we can by frequently releasing software BUILDS. Of course, these BUILDS may also contain bug fixes – and we're very grateful to clients when they help find these! – but rest assured that most often, that little red dot just means we’ve made one more client’s Revit dream come true.

With that said, let’s get into the new things you can do with your timber or light-gauge steel framing projects using the latest BUILDS of Wood and Metal Framing!

Wood Framing Metal Framing Wall

November 03, 2017 by Ieva Janulevičiūtė

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.

AGACAD's BIM Solutions for Timber Framing in Autodesk RevitAGACAD's BIM Solutions for Timber Framing in Autodesk Revit

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”:

October 18, 2017 by Robert Prybyla

Thanks to all who participated in our webinar last week focusing on framing metal (light-gauge steel) walls in Revit®. Our structural engineer Valensas showed the capabilities of the Metal Framing Walls BIM Solution, including some new features for doing bracing and using headers with diagonal members.

The webinar was recorded, so if you didn’t get to attend or would just like to watch it again, simply let us know at and we’ll send that to you ASAP!

In the meantime, here’s a short preview of what the webinar covered:

Thank you.

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