What is the "mechanical program" failing to achieve?
The Warehouse Group Ltd
"Birdman" wrote in message
> I gotta jump in on this if you all don't mind.
> I am in a similar boat.
> I work for an architectural millwork firm and we currently use
> all our doors, windows, cabinetry is done in 2d. This is a legacy I
> inherited about a year ago. Previous cad manager couldn't do 3d, and
> wouldn't learn. We've made big improvements...but are still 2d. The
> purchaced a 3d cabinet package that basically sucked. Then they purchased
> "well known parametric mechanical engineering" program which is good, but
> mechanical engineering program.
> What I have seen with revit is basically(?) a similar approach but
> specifically tailored to AEC industry.
> Here's what I am looking for in revit:
> 1. The ability to create a model "library" of our standard doors,
> and cabinets.
> 2. These library models need to be parametrically flexible in overall
> and also in construction details, without altering our basic library
> 3. I need to be able to automatically generate an accurate bill of
> materials of all parts. Cabinet end panels, door stile size (L,W,T) and
> material, ad nausium...
> Can revit be adaptable to a custom cabinet shops particular needs?
> Thanks for the input.
The SOLID modeling program that we got WORKS pretty good, but it seems to me
that REVIT is more tailored to Architectural work. We'll have to either
design our own custom apps (similar to revit families) or pay big to have
utilities built for us in order to get the "cabinet libraries" that have the
functionality that we are looking for. We gotta have much more than "boxes"
with variable length, width, and height.
Having said all that, it may not be the "mechanical program" that is failing
to achieve this... but the time I can(t) spend that causes ME to fail.
I am still struggling with learning an efficient modeling strategy that will
give us all (or at least most) of the functionality that we need.
If you're talking about creating families that accurately represent the
casework in question, there should be no problem with that. I would be hard
pressed to think of a cabinet type that could not be easily made in Revit.
If you want to be able to get accurate blown up assembly details, Revit is
not geared for that sort of work. You will have to get into it a bit more to
see if it will do exactly what you need.
"Birdman" wrote in message
> The SOLID modeling program that we got WORKS pretty good, but it seems to
> that REVIT is more tailored to Architectural work. We'll have to either
> design our own custom apps (similar to revit families) or pay big to have
> utilities built for us in order to get the "cabinet libraries" that have
> functionality that we are looking for. We gotta have much more than
> with variable length, width, and height.
> Having said all that, it may not be the "mechanical program" that is
> to achieve this... but the time I can(t) spend that causes ME to fail.
> I am still struggling with learning an efficient modeling strategy that
> give us all (or at least most) of the functionality that we need.
We've got some of the best cabinetmakers you'd ever come across. Exploded
assembly views are for "hobbyists" in their (sort of arrogant) view. They
DO need accurate 2d blueprints, with some appropriate full scale details.
This takes a lot of extra work for us now in acad 2d drawings. One small
change may need to be made in many places. Blocks...we use them where it
pays to....xrefs...we don't have much benefit with those. Most of our work
is one off stuff.
One of the things that I like about revit is that if a wall is field
measured differently than we draw it, we can "stretch" it and the cabinet,
and most importantly a bill of materials will update accordingly.
Thanks again for the input.
They are??!!? I want my money back then! Why on earth did I just pay for
Revit Series if I could have gotten Autocad 2004 for free!??
Please clarify, cite references, etc!!
"steve" wrote in message
> Don't be afraid, Autodesk is currently giving away 2004 w/ any copy of
Revit. so dig in!