Framing software enables the user to define and detail multiple configurations of wall panels within the software, whether this be Open Panel, Closed Panel, Twin Stud or Pre-Insulated Open Panel construction. Junctions (forming the required connection between the frames) are automatically formed between the frames, applying the junction types that can be easily and quickly configured within the application. Openings can be quickly and easily added to any of the wall frames included within the model, with these being tailored to add in the required stud and lintel configurations to meet the engineering requirements of the timber frame model.
Along with the ability to detail wall panels, Framing allows the quick and easy detailing of factory assembled floor cassettes or loose components. By allowing the user to define specific edge detailing, Framing allows the simple insertion and editing of floor areas or cassettes into the 3-Dimensional model, alongside any requirements for openings, decking and additional components within the required cassetted design.
Alongside the cassetted flooring functionality, Framing also allows for floors to be detailed that are to be supplied loose to site for manual assembly. Utilising similar functionality to the cassetted floors, Framing allows quick and easy insertion of the floor zone, along with comprehensive editing and labelling of floor components to identify on-site the exact location for the member to be installed.
Closed Panel functionality
Framing offers the ability for users to apply extra layers and configurations of materials for factory based Closed Panel construction methods, whether this be the inclusion of additional layers of insulation or the application of service battens to the drawn wall frames. With the generation of specific Closed Panel manufacturing drawings, Framing allows users the ability to quickly detail additional construction types as part of their design process.
Insertion of structural openings
The insertion of structural openings into either the wall frames or floor cassettes allows the selection of components such as lintels (timber, steel or prefabricated), cripple studs, full height studs, or in the case of flooring, trimmers and other edge assemblies. The applied openings can then be quickly copied from frame to frame (or floor to floor), ensuring that the applied configuration remains consistent within the design.
Dynamic updates of manufacturing data
Manufacturing outputs (whether this be manufacturing / fabrication drawings, frame, cassette or component tables or generated material lists) required for the factory can be generated at any stage of the design process, with these then being automatically updated as the timber frame design is updated based on client or design modifications.
Single framing solution
Framing is a single software environment for the creation of the detailed design, along with customisable material schedules (either per frame, plot or accumulative for the entire design) along with the generation of manufacturing data (either detailed manufacturing drawings, output for automated saws or automated production lines) either for manual or automated production.
Direct machine and saw links
Once the Framing design is complete, for customers with automated processes within the factory, Framing has the ability to take the data from the drawn wall frames, floor cassettes or materials required for application on site and generate exports for optimising saws or, in the case of prefabricated frames or floor cassettes, exports for automated production lines, ensuring what is drawn is cut, reducing mistakes and errors.
Export to IFC
With co-ordination of various elements of the overall building design becoming more critical within the construction industry, Framing software generates industry standard IFC exports to allow the elements detailed within the design to be imported into the architect’s/main contractor’s overall model, no matter what other software applications are used.
Common settings database
To ensure all designers within the same team utilise the same settings, materials and configurations, Framing utilises a common database setup allowing specific component materials to apply, configurations, templates and settings to be globally applied amongst the design team, ensuring that all drawings are produced to a common design. Should you work with an external design team, this can easily be issued out for them to use a common setup in any designs that they produce for you.
Integration with Autodesk
Framing supports property changes through the AutoCAD® ‘Properties’ palette to enable quick and easy manipulation of drawn elements and provides an experienced CAD user with a familiar interface to quickly and easily learn the Framing software. Along with this, with the ability to utilise standard AutoCAD® commands (such a copy, mirror, stretch) to manipulate the drawn elements, Framing allows the quick and easy editing of the overall building layout.
“Working without Framing software would be challenging and largely unfeasible. We can process much more design output using the software than we could do on a drawing board – plus, manual designs issued to the factory could not program our machinery. It would be hugely inefficient, and there is always the potential for human error.”
“The benefit it brings is not just using that data itself but linking it everywhere in the business. What comes out is not just a drawing – it’s all the information we need to run our business. It can help us order, track costs, and be so much more than people imagine a drawing can be.”
“Framing is phenomenal and has made us completely competitive against bigger companies. Not only has it eased the design and quotation process, but it makes it all incredibly easy as it calculates the materials required for each job. It is simply a massive time-saving tool.”
“Now, designing floors is a doddle, and it’s fast. I can take previously designed cassettes and resize them, and never have to start from scratch any more. I can get materials lists easily too.”
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