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June 18, 2020 by AGACAD

Join our free 30-minute webinar on July 1st for an advanced demonstration of framing walls, floors, and roofs in Revit, including how to generate shop drawings and export to CAD/CAM production lines. Our powerful Wood Framing BIM software for total-precision framing of timber constructions in Revit has been continually improved based on the input of framing professionals all around the world, and now we invite you to see how to use it to quickly frame single- and multi-layer walls, floors, and roofs for prefabrication and on-site construction.

timber framed house in Autodesk Revit using AGACAD Wood Framing Suite BIM design software

See the best practices for daily use of our Wood Framing Suite tools and get familiar with the user interface and a typical workflow for framing, generating schedules and cut lists, and exporting data to CNC. Our Wood Framing tools can also be applied to framing buildings with CLT panels, SIPS, or heavy timber post-and-beams.

Starting with simple Revit elements (walls, floors, roofs), the results you'll see are multi-layered walls, floors, rafters, trusses, and roof panels fully framed for prefabrication or on-site construction. Additional layers of cladding, roofing, insulation, sheathing and paneling will also be added to the overall build up of load bearing and non-load bearing building components. All panels and structural members will be automatically sorted for subsequent shop ticket generation.

Intended for all timber construction industry professionals: architects, engineers, drafters, manufacturers, 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.

timber framed houses modeled in Revit using AGACAD Wood Framing tools

June 17, 2020 by AGACAD

We're thankful for all of our customers. And if you're a customer with an expired contract, we want you back! Here is an offer just for you.

At AGACAD, we create solutions for continual BIM acceleration, based on the insights and experience of the world's leading BIM practitioners, ensuring that you can finish your projects in Revit on time, on budget, and at the highest quality standards.

Now through July 31, choose from one of the three deals below to renew your outdated (1) maintenance or (2) subscription – or even (3) migrate your perpetual license to one of our other BIM Solutions that's more relevant to your current design work.

This limited-time offer is for our clients who either have a perpetual license whose maintenance contract has expired or have an annual license whose subscription contract was not renewed.

When you renew the software, you'll get 3 versions: for Revit 2020, for Revit 2021, and for the next Revit 2022 release (Revit 2019 available upon request), all updates and new features implemented from the most advanced users' BIM practices and feedback, plus tech support.

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June 17, 2020 by AGACAD

This free 30-minute webinar on June 30th will be an expert-level tutorial about efficiently making openings for structural framing elements, doors, and windows in Revit® using our Cut Opening BIM Solution. Openings will be configured and created for beams of various shapes and sizes as well as for window and door openings, which will be transferred from the architectural model into the structural model.

inserting openings for windows in Revit structural file based on linked architectural model | AGACAD Cut Opening BIM tool

The result you'll see is a Revit structural file with an increased LOD due to the openings and placement of beam pockets. All walls will have openings corresponding to the sizes of doors and windows in the architectural model. Openings will be tagged to provide information about their size and elevation according to the level of your choice.

Structural engineers, architects, and BIM managers – we invite you to sign up. The webinar will be held twice, so please register for the session that's more convenient for you.

June 10, 2020 by Valensas Balsevicius

The newest version of our Smart Assemblies BIM tool for automating shop drawings in Revit has just been released.

The primary update in the new version has to do with the Smart Dimensions feature. In the previous version of Smart Assemblies, the Smart Dimensions configurations were in the Hosted Metal Details tab:

But with this update, Smart Dimensions has been moved to its own tab, outside of Hosted Metal Details. This means that you can create dimensions by using settings in the Hosted Metal Details tab AND in the Smart Dimensions tab.

For current users of Smart Assemblies, it‘s important to know that if you had an existing configuration with Smart Dimensions turned ON, then in your configuration you will now find that Hosted Metal Details and Smart Dimensions are BOTH turned ON. In some situations that could cause duplicate dimensions because Hosted Metal Detail dimensioning rules and Smart Dimensions will both be applied.

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.

What you need to do:

May 08, 2020 by AGACAD

This free 30-minute webinar on May 20th will be about ways to automatically create cross-laminated timber panels for walls, floors, and roofs in Revit® using AGACAD’s Wood Framing CLT BIM software and sample families. Plus, how to distribute details and elements for modeling connections common in CLT panels.

The result you'll see is a CLT project with complex, custom connections for walls, floors, and roofs, like connection joists, dovetails, lap joins, etc. Connectors, cuts, and sheathing layouts will all be distributed per user-defined configurations. Shop drawings will be auto-generated with tags and dimensions inserted just the way you want and material schedules as well.

Architects, engineers, BIM managers, drafters, builders, manufacturers – we invite you to sign up for this webinar to see how to bring your CLT design process to the next level of automation. The webinar will be held twice, so please register for the session that's more convenient for you.

April 29, 2020 by Renata Jočienė

Would you like to export multi-layered timber frames of walls, floors, trusses, or roof panels from Autodesk® Revit® to a CNC machine or CAD/CAM production line?

AGACAD's got you covered. (We've also got a CNC Exporter for metal frames.)

Our CNC Exporters for Timber Frames automatically assemble 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 wood structures. We currently have CNC Exporters for machines manufactured by Weinmann, Randek, and Hundegger.

Exporters can easily be adapted to other CNC machines that read the same file extensions (for example, BTL is used worldwide). All exporters are customizable to fit users’ needs, and 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 Exporters must be used in tandem with our Wood Framing BIM software that's made for framing floors, walls, trusses, and rafter roofs in Revit. We've also got specialized solutions for framing CLT, SIPS, and heavy timber structures.

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. The respective CNC Exporter converts the framed model with all the information data and geometry inside the Revit project into a format readable by your CNC machine.

Learn more about each of our CNC Exporters for Timber Frames below.

Weinmann CAD/CAM Production Line (WUP)

Weinmann (BTL) and (BTLx)

Weinmann (BTL) CLT

Randek CAD/CAM Production Line (CDT4)

Randek (SPL728)

Hundegger (BVX)

Hundegger (BVX2 Paneling)

April 23, 2020 by AGACAD

In this free, 30-minute webinar on May 6th, we'll go through how models of wood- or metal-framed constructions can be exported from Revit to various CNC-machine-readable formats and CAD/CAM automated production lines. We'll talk about some of the most popular formats, their setup, possibilities, and usage. The webinar will cover regular framing, heavy timber, and panel (for example, CLT) exports.

The results you'll see are several file format exports from some Revit models. Later, those files will be viewed in different production simulators or viewers that have been provided by machinery manufacturers. Also, we'll compare and contrast exported data with the information in the Revit models.

Engineers, BIM Managers, drafters, builders, and especially manufacturers, we hope you'll join in this free webinar. It's for all AEC industry professionals involved in designing or manufacturing small- and large-scale buildings in which various timber and/or LGS framing technologies are used. The webinar will be held twice, so please register below for the session that's more convenient for you.

April 15, 2020 by Povilas Sindriūnas

By Povilas Sindriūnas, AGACAD Architectural Engineer & BIM Application Engineer

Autodesk® Revit® massing is a powerful tool for generating masses that works at any scale, whether you’re at the conceptual level of a building, at the detailed level refining the fixings and furniture, or working on an entire masterplan. To be able to use this tool to your advantage you should know a couple of techniques. There are two basic workflows for creating masses: create the massing within the project itself (In-Place Massing) or create it in a separate conceptual mass family, which is then loaded into the project. Here's a brief comparison of these approaches.

In-Place Massing is carried out directly inside the project environment.

  • Allows you to see the rest of the project context, which is useful when designing at an early stage
  • The most straightforward approach and works well when the building volumes are not too complex
  • Good for preliminary sketching of forms and is the recommended approach for early stage design and for conceptual building studies

On the other hand, a Conceptual Mass Family is built in the ‘conceptual massing environment’, outside of the project environment.

  • Iterations of the family can be placed as needed around the site.
  • The family can be loaded into multiple Revit models.
  • Different team members can work on the different versions of the family.
  • Better for developing and refining a building mass. The separate environment has additional visibility of 3D levels and reference planes which makes more complex parametric modeling easier.
In-Place Massing (in project)

Massing & Site > In-Place Mass
Conceptual Massing Environment (outside project)

Revit > File > New > Conceptual Mass

We'll go into more detail on conceptual mass families in a separate article. For now, let’s look at In-Place Massing more in-depth.

April 01, 2020 by AGACAD

In this free 30-minute webinar we'll give an expert-level tutorial of our Wood/Metal Framing Wall BIM Solutions for Revit. The result you'll see is a multi-layer timber/steel project with custom, multi-element framing member layouts and complex L,T, End connections; distributed connectors, fasteners, cuts, and supports; sheathing layouts; and automatically generated shop drawings with gravity points, tags, and dimensions inserted just the way you want and material schedules as well.

The webinar will be held twice on April 8th, so please register for the session that's more convenient for you. Architects, engineers, designers, drafters, BIM managers – we invite you to sign up below!


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Don’t waste time on reading technical documentation and see that this is the solution for you! Our Expert will frame a part of your project, demonstrate software functionality and share the best practice and efficient way of framing, taking into account your current needs.

Duration: 1 hour
Cost: 250$/250€

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- Part of your project already framed;
- Your questions answered;
- 14-days software trial;
- Support during the trial period.

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With a paid trial, which is called an Initial Implementation Plan, our professionals will help you quickly discover how this software will benefit your design process.
Our BIM consultant will demonstrate software functionality, share best practices, and show the most efficient way of framing your project according your current needs. Plus, you’ll get an extended trial period, sample Revit families and configurations.

Cost: 750$/750€
This cost will be deducted from the product price should you decide to purchase the software.

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Initial Implementation Plan includes:
- Revit project with sample families & configurations
- Research on your framing standards (1 h)
- Personal training via online meeting (2 h)
- 30-day software license and support

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