Monday, July 6, 2009

Revit MEP to Fabrication

Technical Sales International, LLC (TSI) seems to be one of the first (if not THE first) to develop an interface to translate a Revit model to fabrication programs such as their CAD-Duct, CAM-Duct, etc. etc.



From the video description:

"we have bridged the gap between Design BIM and Manufacturing BIM by providing a direct path from design files created with AutoCAD Revit MEP 2010 HVAC, Pipe, and Plumbing to truly integrated database solutions CAM-Duct, CAD-Duct, EST-Duct, CAD-Mech, EST-Mech using new FAB-Duct and FAB-Mech software provide by Technical Sales International "

I'd love to get my hands on a demo. Has anyone used this? Thoughts? Comments?

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

I saw a demo of this...very very cool, i want it yesterday.

fishandchips said...

The demo, like the one for design line itself, is very compelling. That said, getting design-line set up and fully functional is not just an out of the box proposition. But not to worry, there's always xtracad.com
The real use for this new package is not just to give detailers a jumping off point for shop drawings modeling, but to be a vehicle for very fast pricing, when it doesn't matter exactly what is in the new model, because the room needed for all those tsi fittings to jump into design line perfectly isn't going to be there. Revit and its engineer users isn't that good yet. All in all though, a quantum leap forward and hats off to Andy and his buddies on the other side of the pond.

Anonymous said...

Seen a demo of this with my previous employer, they brought us an example and obviously worked nicely. We tried to use a revit model from the current project and it didn't go well from that point. The engineering firm did not have it properly set up. There is still a lot of clean up to be done to get the model converted to use with CadDuct they basically traced the dwg file that was converted from revit. And if you think the CADDUCT dwg file size was large waittil you see the size of the converted file. The other issue is the fact of keeping up with the engineering changes. What do you do if you go through this conversion and the next thing you know the move a wall, or raise a ceiling right where your duct was. And you made changes to your CADDUCT file leaving basically several versions out there. They revit model we started with wasbsupposed to be coordinated, but found out that was not the case, therefore this solution would not be of any help.

Jim Reis said...

4 Years later TSI is doing Fabrication in Revit MEP 2014. http://youtu.be/lrUDQmlk6QY

Erik said...

Nice video. BOM, spool drawings, CNC and CAM. I'll lay awake and think of the possibilities. I wonder who out there is using it?

My favorite line form the video is; "... contractor's BIM processes of old..." Of old! LOL...