FormIt at RTCNA Recap!

Last weekend was RTCNA - a conference created BY Revit users FOR Revit users. The conference began with a Revit Reunion when various members of the original development team were on stage together – a parametric moment!

A few of FormIt’s early adopters taught 3 different classes!

Tony Caputo of Array Architects shared a few of his FormIt workflows, including a novel use for Solar Analysis before building your model to visualize solar impact on the site.

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Ryan Cameron and Sean David Burke created several videos in support of their FormIt workshop. These generous FormIteers will publish the videos for everyone to view and learn from. They were also generous enough to let me jump on stage and show off our latest release, and this amazing model created by FormIt PM Tom Vollaro

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Jarod Schultz filled up his classroom showing off advanced FormIt workflows like how to iterate on changes between FormIt and Revit – as well as getting topography from SketchUp into FormIt! His famous quotes… “If you last used FormIt360 6 months ago, well that’s older than dirt!!! So much new stuff” and “RTCNA committee, next year can I get a bigger room to show FormIt 360???” Jarod, you’re so quotable!

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What a great event – and what a recap – it’s like you were there, right? Well – hold that thought! We’ll invite these instructors to re-present the highlights from their classes in upcoming installments of our FormIt Friday Webinar series! You’ll get to see and hear from real FormIt customers.

Happy Summer!

Another great FormIt 360 Update

Just in time for Revit Technology Conference – North America, the FormIt 360 team has yet another great update to the product! You may have also noticed that our http://FormIt360.autodesk.com website has gotten a face-lift. Here is a run-down of the recent changes to the app:

Graphics

First off, just take a moment to look at how beautiful FormIt 360 looks now:
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Our graphics wizards have been hard at work to make FormIt 360 look great right on the screen. We now support 2X “retina” style displays on desktop machines. You can also independently control the weight of edges and silhouette edges.

Axes and Work Planes

Instead of just rotating the grid on the ground plane, you can now move and rotate the world axes to change the origin point and to create 3D work planes. The work
plane will stretch out to infinity and provide a plane to sketch on without snapping or inferencing to elements behind it. The main sketch and individual groups have independent axes and coordinate systems – allowing for maximum flexibility. Here is a quick video demo:

 

Unique Scale for each Group Instance

scale_instanceYou can now scale any group instance and maintain the geometric relationship between different instances of the group even though they are different sizes. The scaling also translates to Revit!

 

 

Unique Materials for each Group Instance

You now have a quick way to differentiate one group instances from others by painting with a material (if there is not yet a material defined for faces inside the group). This is useful for displaying an instance differently from other instances. The new Material user interface also allows you to manage and apply materials between groups. Here is a quick video demo:

And last, but surely not least, we have updated our FormIt 360 Converter add-in for Revit. It now:

  • Converts scaled and rotated group instances by creating a new family type.
  • Handles offset in z direction by automatically creating levels in Revit
  • Creates mass floors for nested mass instances

 

2 minute FormIt snippets – 03 – Line drawing with parallel and perpendicular axes

Part 3 of 5 in our inaugural series of 2 minute FormIt snippets covers parallel and perpendicular snapping! Working with these types of inferences are essential if you have any geometry that is off the grid. Once you know the simple trick that hovering over an existing line indicates that you want to be parallel to it… you’re pretty much all set. Learn more by watching…

2 minute FormIt snippets – 02 – Line drawing and snapping on faces

Thanks for the great feedback on the first 2 minute snippet video. Please share what topics you’d like us to cover in the next series. I’m planning to look at the various tools and cover the basic workflows and essential tips there.

In the second installment of these 2 minute FormIt360 tutorials, we’ll focus on line drawing on a face using snaps and inference (as well as the uber useful shift locking!) – and this also includes an introduction to the drag face tool.

2 minute FormIt snippets – 01 – Line drawing and snapping

Hello FormIteers, We’ve been conducting a series of webinars that cover all sorts of FormIt 360 current events and the overall response has been very positive. If you’ve got topics you’d like to see us cover in future sessions, please let us know in the comments!

One aspect of FormIt 360 that we’re not covering in these webinars (at least not since episode 1)… the FormIt basics! So, I put myself in the shoes of a beginner and recorded a series of 2 minute FormIt snippets to help get people started off on the right foot!

We’ll be posting these this week – here’s the first – basic line drawing, snapping, and shift locking to get accurate results and enclose a volume.

Top 3 Features of FormIt 360

The buzz and excitement around FormIt 360 and FormIt 360 Pro has been off the charts since we launched last month! What makes FormIt so amazing? A LOT. Here are three of the top features FormIt 360 users love the most.

1. It’s truly connected to BIM

Tired of importing useless blobs of geometry into Revit? Improve your workflow by connecting your FormIt 360 conceptual designs into BIM with native Revit integration. “The Smart Objects flow to Revit allows the design to be translated to the BIM model without duplication of work efforts,” says Mike Engel of Elness Swenson Graham Architects. “This allows for more consistent translation of design to documentation.”

Bonus: convert your SketchUp files with FormIt Converter so you can reuse existing work.

Image courtesy Elness Swenson Graham Architects

2. It’s web-based AND mobile

Use FormIt 360 on your iPad or Android while you’re on a plane, train, or automobile… or on a client site. Save your work in the cloud (or locally if you’re offline), then pick up where you left off on your web browser back at your desk.

Anthony Caputo of Array Architects uses FormIt 360 on iPad in client meetings. “I’ll pull the FormIt model up on the screen, move it around, and share it with the client to create a live interactive experience. My team can pull that into a model and run analysis, add information, and keep the process going.”

FormIt 360 with a side of coffee. Image courtesy Elness Swenson Graham Architects

3. It’s FREE!

We love free stuff, and you get a lot of it with FormIt 360: building-aware 3D sketching tools, advanced geometry, connection to BIM, the tablet apps, and FormIt Converter are a few of my favorites. Upgrade to FormIt 360 Pro for $300/year to unlock energy and solar analysis and real-time collaboration.

You can download FormIt 360 or start a free 30-day trial of Pro right here. Or watch our introductory webcast for more info and a demo.

What’s your favorite feature? Tell us in the forum.

The FormIt Glider

Our development team is a diverse and passionate group. We make a practice of ‘eating our own dog food’ in that we build personal projects in our software. From outhouses to deck chairs  to… gliders!

Boris Sergeev is known as a bit of a plane aficionado (a bit of an understatement!). For #FormItFriday he created this model of a 1960-s Polish SZD-24 Foka – right down to the correct wing airfoil (different at the root and the tip). FormIt has matured enough for designing airplanes thanks to the loft tool!

Special note – Boris was able to use scripting to modify his airfoil!

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Squadron

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