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Revit to Advance Steel Collaboration Via SMLX

Revit to Advance Steel Collaboration Via SMLX
This year I had the opportunity to present at AU2018 (Autodesk University) in London, my class was about the workflow between Revit and Advance Steel for the transfer of structural steel and steel connections. During this class we looked at the various options and settings involved in this process and reviewed the settings required for the different methods. We also looked at the interaction with ...
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Autodesk Revit 2019 – What’s New Structural Engineering and Fabrication

Autodesk Revit 2019 – What’s New Structural Engineering and Fabrication
The release of Autodesk Revit 2019 gives users their first taste of being able to generate custom bespoke connections within this software. These connections are heavily customisable with the tools to attach fixings and welds to be used and transferred across projects. This builds on the foundations laid down during the previous Revit 2018 release. These are the components behind the joints which,...
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How to create Studding for Advance Steel Beams

How to create Studding for Advance Steel Beams
We have all seen this request many times, for a very basic Advance Steel beam arrangement used for door lintels, wall supports or timber flitch type beams. This is several sections bolted together with a studding, either directly through the sections or by using spacer tubes. We looked at this issue and decided to create a special bolt arrangement, which is a stud, with nuts and washers at both en...
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Advance Steel - Create Parapet Post With Cold Rolled Detailing

Advance Steel - Create Parapet Post With Cold Rolled Detailing
The question came up other day over how to create a parapet post within a cold rolled detailing. This lead to some thought about how to firstly achieve this as a manual detail, then can we bring any automation to the process. So, with some initial manual beam creation, use of the Standard macros for cold rolled placement, along with some standard connection tools, this is achievable. But, how to r...
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Advanced Steel NC Scribing/Powder Marking/Etching – How To Control The File And Part Reference

Advanced Steel NC Scribing/Powder Marking/Etching – How To Control The File And Part Reference
Within Advance Steel there are options for Scribing of parts attachment relative to the assembly, to enable scribing in NC Files for Advance Steel the settings new to be based upon assemblies. This setting is required as outlined in this Autodesk Knowledge Network article. This means that the file name is using the NC position reference, being the main part reference. The same for the internal NC ...
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Advance Steel: Text Font Not Showing Correct Line Weight/Presentation After Migration

Advance Steel: Text Font Not Showing Correct Line Weight/Presentation After Migration
Issue: Labels appear to have very light line weight in drawing view During the migration process from 2016 to 2018, the Management tools profile from the 2016 version was transferred to the 2018 version. Wiithin these management tools is the Text Font Control for the default into the Drawing Style labelling. The Text Font Reference was transferred exactly as it was from 2016 to 2018. This is the ...
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Advance Steel – Status Control Within Model And Drawings

Advance Steel – Status Control Within Model And Drawings
Within Advance Steel there are options to apply a Status level to both the drawing and the model elements, this is sometimes referred to as Key Stages/Life Cycles within the production process. The Status system existing as part of the Fabrication data within Advance Steel, it can have levels/statuses added to it via the Management Tool (MT) System, also comment levels can be added also to complim...
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Revit 2018.1 - New Steel Content for Flat, Round and Square Sections

Revit 2018.1 - New Steel Content for Flat, Round and Square Sections
Advance Steel or Revit? or maybe just both? that is a question at present that comes up all the time. We see this year the first true Vertical for Advance Steel, making it easier for users to have just one install with all the benefits of both AutoCAD and Advance Steel, simplifying installation, cost, subscription etc. But what about Revit? where does this sit within this framework? Well, we are s...
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Graitec PowerPack For Advance Steel - Explode to ACIS (*.sat) File With Section Name And Quantity

Graitec PowerPack For Advance Steel -  Explode to ACIS (*.sat) File With Section Name And Quantity
This came up from a client today, they were looking for a method to export their handrailing tubes from Advance Steel into a Sat file format, so that it could be loaded into their laser profiling software. The Graitec PowerPack for Advance Steel has this really cool tool that you can select Advance Steel objects and explode them to ACIS solids (*.sat) files, to import into other platforms. The que...
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Advance Steel 2018 – How To Get Plain AutoCAD 2018

Advance Steel 2018 – How To Get Plain AutoCAD 2018
For AS2018, this now comes as a True vertical, so one install for product, but how do you get AutoCAD 2018. To do this we would normally expect to have to create a desktop shortcut and then point it to a profile etc. Set up for vanilla. However, for AS2018, check under the Windows Start menu and you will find AutoCAD 2018 for AS2018. This is a shortcut created by default to allow you to ...
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