February 10, 2021

Wood & Metal Framing in Revit: 5 New Features

The latest release of our Wood Framing and Metal Framing BIM Solutions includes five useful new features for Revit users. Our thanks go out to those BIM and Revit experts with whom we’ve been in contact to bring these to fruition. Together, we’re building BIM up and making it better for the good of the industry.

Let’s take a look at each of the updates.

Framing in Groups

This feature lets you frame walls in groups that may be replicated and mirrored throughout a project. Needless to say, it can save architects and designers copious amounts of time, especially with large framing projects in Revit.

Showing mirrored wall frame groups in Revit

Read more about Framing in Groups in its dedicated post.

Cut Plates and Siding with Additional Opening Voids

This feature lets you cut plates and siding boards with additional voids in your opening family. To use this feature, turn ON the tick mark in the configurations:

Configuration to Cut Plates and Siding boards with additional opening void in Revit

In this example, the Siding Boards have been cut by an additional void:

Siding Boards cut by additional Void in Revit

And here, the Bottom Plate has been cut by an additional void:

Bottom Plate cut by additional Void in Revit

Note that ‘Cut with Voids When Loaded’ must be ticked ON in the Opening family:

Cut with Voids When Loaded must be ticked ON in Revit
Transfer Host Mark Value into Parts When Number Parts is Used

The Host Mark parameter value will be transferred to Parts – Sheathing/Paneling, after using the ‘Number Parts’ command:

Transfer Host Mark parameter value to Parts

You can take advantage of this enhancement if the Host Mark parameter value will be changed after the Parts have been split because you won’t have to Split the Parts again.

Flip Ordinate dimensions

If the Ordinate Dimension Name contains “Flipped”, then the elements will be numbered in the opposite direction.

For example, this is the result of a view with an Ordinate Dimension whose Type Name does not contain “Flipped”:

view with an Ordinate Dimension in Revit

And this is the result when the Ordinate Dimension Type Name does contain “Flipped”:

view of Ordinate Dimension in Revit
Total Diagonal Dimension

Last but not least, the latest framing release lets you add a diagonal Total Dimension with the help of Smart Dimensions:

how to add a diagonal Total Dimension in Revit

Result:

total diagonal dimension of a wall frame in Revit


So those are the five new features that were developed for the latest release of our Wood & Metal Framing BIM Solutions for Revit. Current users of either of those tools: be sure to download the latest release.

For those who are not (yet!) users of our framing software, we invite you to try it out for free for 14 days. All you need to do is download our TOOLS4BIM Dock. Once you have that, you can select which of our tools you‘d like to trial. Don‘t forget that we offer free live demos of our Revit tools during your trial period, so be sure to take advantage of that.

Tools4bim dock