Steve Jepson wrote:Icing on the cake. CD's that show "how to build it" rather than just "what to build" have crossed a dangerous line.
The wall framing accessory is potentially a very valuable tool
and much more than "icing on the cake."
The real purpose of this tool should be to develop intelligent 3D data that can be used for automating or panelizing wall framing. Its not quite there in its current form, but I do hope Graphisoft will extend its functionality in the near future. Ideally we should be able to automatically produce cut sheets for each panel with dimesioned panel elevations and cut lists. Also, we should be able to write out a file format that can be read by automated sawing equipment, etc.
I don't believe many people are using it right now because it currenlty lacks full the full functionality a tool like this should provide and because their business operations don't require this kind of automation.
I've noticed a few quirks that need to be ironed out:
- It doesn't like walls that have doors in them when manipulating a model set to a scale smaller than 1/8"
- It doesn't Like SEO's but works fine with trimming to roofs
- Its hard to tell where "added" studs are added - manually added studs should be a different color or something.
- It needs to place more or better graphical hotspots for added "connections"
- It doesn't allow for additional jacks or trimmers on wide openings
- It doesn't allow for different header types for multiple openings in a wall
- It doesn't allow for "full height headers" placed all the way up at the top plate
- It should have better or more customizable corner and connection conditions
- It doesnt automatically create true rough opening sizes unless the user has set the doors and windows with the proper oversize parameters
I really have high hopes for this add-on and look forward to an even more intelligent version in the future.