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February 14, 2019 by Ieva Janulevičiūtė

The latest versions of AGACAD’s Wood/Metal Framing Wall BIM Solutions for Revit have been enhanced by implementing some highly requested features. Now they’re more flexible than ever with additional possibilities for distributing studs and sheathing to help automate even more tasks of your complex framing projects in Revit. Also, you’ll have better control over framing joined openings, top plate supports and more.

Let's dive in!

1. Align Stud Spacing with Frame and Opening Sides

With this new feature in Wood/Metal Framing Wall+, you’ll be able to distribute studs by a predefined spacing and restart the spacing at king studs or the sides of openings.

December 27, 2018 by Robert Prybyla

Thanks to all who attended our webinar about the latest updates to the Truss Builder that's part of our Wood/Metal Framing Roof BIM Solutions. If you missed out, never fear, the recording is here. Head on over to our AGACAD webinar playlist on YouTube.

The webinar showed how to use our Truss extension to take a roof modeled in Revit and generate complex truss systems automatically.

November 07, 2018 by Valensas Balsevicius

Smart Details is going to be phased out over the next few months. In its place, we present you Smart Connections, our newest BIM Solution for Revit, that brings additional functionality and more intuitive performance along with a name that more clearly reflects its main purpose.

IMPORTANT NOTE for EXISTING USERS of Smart Details! Although you can use the same configurations as you’ve been using with Smart Details, some of them might be disrupted due to changes in the software. Smart Details will still be available for a time so that you can finish your current projects and then modify your configurations for new projects so that they will mesh with Smart Connections.

The remainder of this post is dedicated to showing what configurations existing users of Smart Details may need to modify when transitioning to Smart Connections. For starters, when making the switch, you might need to modify your wall, column, and beam connection configurations.

For example:
If my Smart Details configuration was inserting corbels, column shoes, and bolts as shown below......the same configuration used with Smart Connections gives me this messy result.

That’s because the definition of faces of Columns and Foundation elements has been changed in Smart Connections. But this way it will be clearer and more systematic. So, to fix it, you will have to go in and redo that part of your configurations. Check the descriptions below for details on how to do that.

October 29, 2018 by Ieva Janulevičiūtė

AGACAD’s Wood Framing & Metal Framing software have been enhanced once again. Going forward, opening framing – king studs, trimmers, etc. – can be customized, and you can even create asymmetrical opening configurations. Also, you‘ll have more possibilities in framing walls with intersecting ridge and girder beams, splitting joists, and finally, selecting parts automatically.

As you may already know, it‘s been possible to create custom headers, sills, and top supports for some time now. Because of user feedback, we saw that this functionality was really appreciated, and so now we‘ve extended it, making it possible for you to design your own king studs and trimmers!

Moreover, by not ticking the “Kings are symmetrical” tick mark, you’ll be able to create asymmetrical framing for your opening.

For the left king:

And the right:

September 18, 2018 by Robert Prybyla

In this webinar we'll show how to use our Smart Assemblies BIM solution – and particularly its revamped Smart Dimensions feature – to further automate your shop drawings in Revit. Whatever your line of work (wood/metal framing, precast, etc.), if you have to make shop drawings, this webinar is for you. We invite you to join!

What you'll see in this webinar:

  • Automatic dimensioning rules in Smart Dimensions;
  • Available settings in Smart Dimensions and what they mean;
  • The difference between making dimensions using Smart Dimensions vs. the default settings of Smart Assemblies;
  • Examples of dimensioning in shop drawings used in various countries around the world.

August 14, 2018 by Ieva Janulevičiūtė

What's the latest building style you can frame with AGACAD‘s Framing software for Autodesk® Revit®? Heavy Timber and Post-&-Beam structures! The new BIM software Wood Framing Oak is powerful and flexible in automating the design process for even the most complex and unique structures – it’s just a matter of figuring out a workflow and setting up required families.

We've already covered multi-layered timber frames and frames with SIP panels for walls, floors and roofs, high-quality ventilated facades, and architectural curtain walls with highly detailed elements. So, now it's time to move on to framing with massive timbers.

Using Wood Framing OAK and sample families, you can create heavy-timber-framed walls, floors and roofs. Also, distribute and manage details used in connections with cuts common for oak frames by using our BIM solution Smart Details and, finally, prepare shop drawings, cut lists, and even export wood elements and details to any CNC machine and CAD/CAM production line, including Hundegger and Weinmann.


Framing the supporting structure and creating connections with cuts common for OAK Frames

Once Walls, Floors and Roofs have been modeled in Revit, it’s time to frame them. Wall+, Floor+ and Roof+ modules (they are included in BIM solution Wood Framing OAK) have all the features that are required to predefine your own configurations for framing. Standardization and automation of the wall, floor and roof framing process and shop drawing generation allows you to skip major hurdles in building design. These are the prominent time-saving Wall+, Floor+ and Roof+ functions.

June 19, 2018 by Robert Prybyla

Great news for users of our ROOF framing software – Cut Opening is now an included feature!

Cut Opening is extremely useful because, before you frame a roof automatically with Roof+, you need to have openings for fire safety components throughout your Revit model where ducts, pipes, cable trays, and conduits intersect with the roof. And Cut Opening makes all those openings for you.

Whether you use the wood or metal roof framing BIM Solution, Cut Opening will be provided for no extra fee to existing clients.

Current clients who want to utilize Cut Opening in their roof framing work, please contact us for a new activation code!

June 06, 2018 by Asta Aksomitienė

AGACAD’s unstoppable R&D team just added even more great features for framing rafter systems in Revit® to the Wood Framing Roof and Metal Framing Roof solutions. New functionality lets you easily lay out OSB or metal sheathing, place hip, valley and ridge caps, add drip edges, and more.

BIM software for designing prefabricated wood frame roof panels, wooden roof trusses and rafter systems

BIM software for designing metal roof trusses and rafter systems

“We’ve extended our Roof+ tool to automate the design and documentation of any standard roof for assembly on site.

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