Friday, June 23, 2017

Onshape: Design. Fabrication.

Generally, I'm an Autodesk user. I've utilized Fusion 360 and absolutely enjoyed it in the past. However, at this point in time Fusion does not allow users to build sheet metal components. In the future, there is slated a launch in July and the details can be read here:

The downside is what do you do until an update that's been anticipated for months is finally released? Well, the answer is to find another solution! That's where Onshape comes in.

Onshape makes it easy!

Below is a case study of where Onshape came in handy for a prefabricated panel and awning for a tiny shelter.

Proud to be a part of this initiative for the HRDC Housing First Village of Bozeman, and grateful every day for the support Harvey's Plumbing and Heating has given me towards my education at Montana State University.
The panel below was fabricated using OnShape, a plasma cutter, and a folding machine. This panel is being installed in three pieces for the awning on the tiny shelter we are building for the community. Harvey's Sheet Metal fabrication shop is a full-service sheet metal fabrication shop that has generously donated their time and machines for the initiative of the project. Pacific Steel and Recycling of Bozeman donated the steel for the project. This is a great example of the community coming together for the intent of providing shelter to those who need it. This is a great example of the community coming together for the intent of providing shelter to those who need it.

Sheet Metal Fabricated Panel


Awning Piece 1 of 3:

Awning Piece 2 of 3:

Awning Piece 3 of 3:

Check out Onshape at this website.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

What Revit Wants New Web Location!

What Revit Wants new blog is up after being spontaneously removed by google through blogger. Below is the link for everyone's reference. It appears Luke was able to backup most of the blogs history! Thank you Luke!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Revit 2018 Extensions Available!

For anyone looking for Revit 2018 Extensions and Updates go to the "Updates and Addons" section of your accounts and download to your hearts content. Thank you Autodesk for making these readily available, quickly!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Shared Coordinates - Slack Channel has a new slack channel called Shared Coordinates! Message Bill Debevc for more information. You can reach him on linked in, twitter, or through his BIMThoughts website! Bill describes it's purpose below:

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Section Cut: A Curated Collection of Design Culture Bookmarks

For anyone looking for a running collection of the greatest architecture resources on the web. Check out This website has been a great resource for new ideas, technology, or virtually anything in relation to the profession of architecture for the past several years throughout my journey through architecture school. I thought my bookmarks collection was large, and this put mine to shame. A great way to save these bookmarks across all devices would be to install Google Chrome and to log in with your google account. Great way to ensure all the content of this website and all other interests are streamlined and accessible on the go. Below you can find a link to the Google Chrome installer.

Google Chrome Installer

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Unifi Schedule Support - October 26th, 2016

How much time have you spent trying to recreate or build schedules?  What about trying to find or share a schedule?  With UNIFI’s newly released support of Revit Quantity Schedules, you can easily set up or retrieve a schedule in seconds and you don’t even need to open Revit to view it. Learn how this time saving, headache-free solution that will enable you to focus on what you do best – designing and building structures. 

The Value of Schedule Support Inside UNIFI
Schedules are data-centric views of a BIM model and are critical to a firm’s documentation workflow.  The manner in which firms create and deploy schedules is similar to how content is managed, since schedules are the tool for the reporting of quantities and attributes of content.
UNIFI built our Schedules feature based upon input from our user community and we focused on what mattered most to our users - ease of use, efficiency and business value:
  • Hassle-free set up - While other folks still debate how to best organize, maintain and distribute schedules inside of Revit project files (optimal balance of quantity, organization, etc.), UNIFI allows you to free your schedules from these painful workflows! Set up is extremely easy and matches the familiar upload process, versioning and revision process used for other elements, saving considerable time.
  • Easy access - Individual schedules are immediately indexed and accessible through our powerful search system without any extra effort to manually meta-tag or parse data out. Our analytics show us that 80% of inserts made by customers were displayed in the top 10 search results.
  • Fast - Don’t bother anymore with the time consuming task of opening a container Revit project file every time you have to access a schedule! With UNIFI, schedules are stored as small, individual, versionable elements – fast to preview and fast to add to your project.
  • Instant Previews - In UNIFI, you can immediately preview the schedule.  Our platform does the heavy lifting for you by analyzing the schedule structure, then rendering the schedule header for you.  You can even cycle through previews for each base file.
Customers will now enjoy storing all of their schedules in the cloud, ensuring they have access to them anywhere, anytime, on any machine.  One customer we recently spoke with has over 400 schedules already planned to utilize this new feature and give their users access.
Schedules support is a great addition to UNIFI’s already supported Revit element types of Families, System Families, Drafting Views and Groups.

How Does this Feature Work
Schedules can be added to UNIFI by opening a project and then opening the ‘Batch Export’ dialog. Schedules will appear there as a parent type and expanding this will reveal all of the available schedules.  Choose the schedules you want to store in UNIFI and click “Export”.  This will queue them up in UNIFI for upload – just like any other element, you can choose your tags and libraries before uploading and following upload they follow the same approval process that you’re familiar with already.
In Browse mode, schedules will appear as their own folder after choosing a library.  Schedules will also appear in your search results if your search term matches against tags, the category of the schedule and of course, the name.  You may also apply a filter for ‘Schedules’.  Inserting schedules works like other elements; simply click ‘Insert’ to load into your project.  To assist you in making a selection, a view of the column headers is even conveniently located on the Details page.
Schedules are managed like every other element type.  Tagging, renaming, library management, custom preview images, revisions, etc. are all handled the same way.

UNIFI’s new Schedules capabilities provide even greater value to leading architectural, engineering, construction firms who use UNIFI to create and manage their building content.

Find out more information here:
Sign up for the informational webinar on the 26th here: Unifi October 26th, 2016 Webinar Signup