I have been looking at Robot for several years now. I tried the demo in 2011 and 2012. I am a long-time user of Autodesk products (Civil 3D, Architecture, ADR) and I am attracted by Robot because it is an Autodesk product now.
Each time I look at Robot I get the impression that not much is happening in development and that Robot is neglected by Autodesk. There are no updated manuals or tutorials or support or training seminars and the GUI has no relation to other Autodesk products and does not have the quality feel of Architecture.
Autodesk has a huge opportunity to take the lead among the likes of RISA, Ram, S-Frame, and SAP2000 with a comprehensive user friendly structural design/analysis package that integrates seamlessly with Revit and Autocad. For my part I am looking for some leadership and innovation and committment from Autodesk to this venture.
Currently you can add bars to a group which is very useful to select those bars after. But if you want to change some properties such us the material, the section, the release or whatever, you have to do it one by one. I mean, select the bars, then change the section, after change the material, after change the relase...
In my opinion, would be very useful the posibility of make a kind of "MASTER GROUP" which not only save the selection of the bars but also all kind of properties so, changing the property in the group you change it authomatically for all the bars belonging to that group.
That would be much faster to change and review.
Likewise for nodes.
I am asking for new type of steel parametric member. It will be very useful for steel designers which use profiles with tapered web. Practically designer will provide structure geometry from steel joint to steel joint without recalculating coordinates of internal (external) flange thickness change and web thickness change.
The new type of steel member should look like this:
It could be used for example in such type of steel frames:
As you see, this part of structure requires 10 nodes (5 joints and additional 5). With new tapered members we will input only joint coordinates, the rest of nodes will be calculated internally in Robot.
Every frame optimization (by change of web or flanges properties) will not require to calculate coordinates of a lot of nodes located between joints, additionally we will have only 4 (5) members not 9 as in sample the picture.
Is it possible for you to add BIM in AutoCAD environment? Like Graitec Advance (Concrete & Steel), the program is BIM but it is running in AutoCAD environment. I think it would also be a good idea if you can combine, for example, Revit in AutoCAD and add some commands like "converttofamily" to convert AutoCAD solid/surface objects into a family/Revit family. If that will happen, the freedom to design is infinite.