Autodesk Inventor introduced BIM tools as far back as Inventor 2011.
Many of you Inventor users may have wondered what these tools are for or you might have recently been asked by a client for a BIM model.
In this blog we will help you understand what BIM is, help you identify if it can help your company, and show how to create a BIM model in Inventor with a short video.
What is BIM?
BIM stands for Building information modelling (BIM)
BIM is a process that involves creating and using an intelligent 3D model to inform and communicate project decisions. (Ref Wiki)
Currently BIM software is used by:
• Architectural Building & Design Engineering
Why does this matter to manufacturers?
If your company supplies to the industries above they may start to ask for your products in a BIM format and if you are unable to supply them with this they may go to someone who can.
Supplying data in a BIM format may become compulsory* or the industry standard in the future so adopting it now will help you as the industries transition to BIM.
*(As of 2016 it will be a compulsory requirement for any Government project over £5 million to be BIM compliment)
What are the benefits?
If you supply BIM content your product could be preferred over competitors if they are unable to supply BIM Objects resulting in increased opportunity and potential sales.
How do I create a BIM Object?
In the video below we will show you the BIM workflow from Inventor to Revit. Autodesk Revit is specifically built for Building Information Modelling and is widely seen as the leading software for BIM.
Autodesk Inventors unique BIM Exchange environment has features which competitive software cannot match. There is no better solution on the market that helps manufacturers to quickly create innovative products then link intelligently through to Revit. From Inventor we can:
• Simplify – Remove parts, features and apply hole patching to reduce model complexity prior to export.
• Author – Define intelligent MEP connections which can be utilised by Revit users when connecting Revit MEP content to BIM export.
• Export to .ADSK or native Revit format .RFA, export includes 2D views, connections, parameters, and properties.