Use Metal Framing BIM sofware to better design, detail, estimate, coordinate, and automate light steel framing in Revit®
Top Revit® users call AGACAD’s Metal Framing Suite the most powerful and flexible BIM software in the market for constructions with single or multi-layer metal-frame walls, floors and roofs. That includes prefabricated panels, rafters and trusses, and robust solutions for detailed curtain wall or ventilated facade designs.
Advanced automation and built-in best practices help BIM professionals make optimal choices, move much faster, and avoid errors at every stage – from design and documentation to fabrication and construction.
It’s easy to quickly batch-add, modify or mark the right elements or parameters, distribute details, flexibly manage openings and connections, and find clashes. Frames dynamically update and adapt, ensuring that shop drawings and cut lists are always accurate.
MF Suite is ideal for modelling residential facilities and commercial multistory buildings accurately and efficiently. The Multi-Framing feature for copying and updating framing elements and documentation for identical walls, floors and roofs radically reduces the time needed to model large-scale projects. Analytical lines of individual panel frames are inter-connected and aligned in the same plane and can be exported to structural analysis software for further processing to create a full analytical model.
Coordination of BIM teams is greatly enhanced by integrating MF Suite with the Cut Opening BIM Solution, which identifies structural and engineering clashes throughout a Revit® model and creates openings and inserts fire safety components for all MEP services and building structures at the relevant intersections.
Frames created with MF Suite may be exported for production to Howick, Metrol or various other CNC machines or CAD/CAM production lines. Optional CNC export is a major plus for workflow integration, as it eliminates duplicate work and reduces the margin of error.
DESIGN – ANALYSIS – DOCUMENTATION – FABRICATION – CONSTRUCTION
Explore the available versions of AGACAD’s professional BIM Solutions for designing metal structures – including ventilated facades, curtain walls & panels, and framed partitions – below!
Compatible with Autodesk® Revit® 2021, 2020, 2019
Design light gauge steel frame walls
Metal Framing Wall makes metal framing of walls fast and easy with real-time full project updates in Revit®. Plus it generates views with automatic dimensions for wall panels or segments as well as accurate bills of materials and shop drawings. So quality production and accurate assembly on site are ensured.
Design metal-frame floors
Metal Framing Floor makes metal framing of floors fast and easy with real-time full project updates in Revit®. Plus it generates views with automatic dimensions for floor panels or segments as well as accurate bills of materials and shop drawings. So quality production and accurate assembly on site are ensured.
Design prefabricated metal frame roof panels, cold formed steel roof trusses and rafter systems
Metal Framing Roof lets Revit® users instantly create metal truss and/or rafter systems of any shape or complexity, perform structural analysis, and generate custom shop drawings. It gives a powerful boost to your BIM workflow. Functions are versatile, parameters easy to control, and changes occur in real time. No more drafting – just design and decide, knowing you’ll get a high-quality model.
Design light steel-frame walls, floors & roofs
Metal Framing Suite lets Revit® users design multi-layer light gauge steel-frame walls, floors and roofs. That includes prefabricated panels, rafters and trusses. Plus it generates views with automatic dimensions for wall panels or segments as well as accurate bills of materials and shop drawings. So quality production and accurate assembly on site are ensured.
Design architectural curtain walls & panels and structural sheathing
Curtain Walls & Panels enables quick and easy framing of architectural curtain walls or curtain panels in Revit® with real-time full project updates. That ensures you’ll get accurate bills of materials and builders work drawings, and accurate on-site assembly thanks to BIM-to-Field features.
Design metal ventilated facade systems on exterior walls
Ventilated Facades software makes it quick and easy to design ventilated facades in Revit® with highly detailed elements and real-time full project updates. That ensures you’ll get accurate bills of materials and builders work drawings, and accurate on-site assembly thanks to BIM-to-Field features.
Design steel fixed interior partitions or ceilings
Framed Partitions makes it quick and easy to design various types of partition walls or ceilings in Revit®. The flexibility of the software allows users to create partitions of glass, plasterboard or any other material and frame those with customizable profiles according to user-defined rules. That ensures you’ll get accurate bills of materials, builders work drawings and on-site assembly thanks to BIM-to-Field features.
Export multi-layered steel frames from Revit to automated production lines
AGACAD CNC Exporters automatically assemble all framing members per user definitions and send all necessary data to various CNC machines and CAD/CAM production lines for flexible manufacturing of metald houses.
AGACAD currently offers CNC Exporters for the most popular CNC machines for steel frame prefabrication. The software can be adapted for any other CNC machines if needed.
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Developed in compliance with standards and guidelines:
AISI S100-07/S2-10, North American Specification for the Design of Cold-Formed Steel Structural Members with Supplement 2. American Iron and Steel Institute, Washington, DC.
AISI S200-07, 2007. North American Standard for Cold-Formed Steel Framing – General Provisions. American Iron and Steel Institute, Washington, DC.
NASH Standard – Residential and Low-rise Steel Framing, Part 1: Design Criteria. 2010.
NASH Standard – Residential and Low-rise Steel Framing, Part 2: Design Solutions. 2010.
Building Enclosure Design Guide– Wood Frame Multi-Unit Residential Buildings. Homeowner Protection Office (HPO), Vancouver, Canada, 2011.
AISI D110-07, Cold-Formed Steel Framing Design Guide, 2nd Edition. American Iron and Steel Institute, Washington, DC.
AISI D100-08, AISI Manual, Cold-Formed Steel Design. American Iron and Steel Institute, Washington, DC.
Pinnacle CNC Machine Specifications
Metroll Manufacturer and Supplier Resources
ClarkDietrich Steel Framing Product Specifications
Architect at ECOliving, Ecuador
Metal Framing: "We are very happy and pleased with the AGACAD software, it has helped us all through what we have needed to do, and the most important part is that with AGACAD we can get the constructive blueprint of elements we are going to use in the whole structure, definitely a software highly recommended if what you need is related to Steel framing."
BIM Lead Coordinator at WPI Builds, USA
"Why I like AGACAD framing tools:
• *LIVE* schedule!!!!
• Automated framing that puts in the right size studs without having to configure for all the different walls when needed for critical framing only option
• Automated Panel numbering system that numbers panels the way I want
• Easy workflow… no hiding critical options within a sub-menu...within another sub-menu, it's all right out front!!
• Easy-to-use customizable headers – even box and nested
• Easy-to-use customizable element labeling
• Being able to design complex panel systems
• Ability to make small changes in the panel with ease
• Add-on software that makes things even easier
• Other steel framing software I've used in the past are not even in the same league as AGACAD
• Quick turnaround with viable solutions and aid to my questions and concerns and always a with a helpful attitude."