FormIt Friday – Episode 3 – Live from AIA!

We have just posted the video of our last FormIt Friday webinar that we broadcast live from the AIA convention in Atlanta last week. We had a little bit of an interruption mid-session, but without missing a beat, we moved to a cafe and continued to record. That’s how we roll!  Our next webinar will actually be more of a FormIt “Monday” – which will be hosted by our Marketing colleagues, and presented by Tobias and Tom on June 1. Register here and see you then!


FormIt 360 Pro comes to iOS

The iPad was the original platform for FormIt 360 – and it was revolutionary at the time to have a full featured 3D modeler right in the palm of your hands. We have not stopped there, now you can access the full power of the FormIt 360 Pro subscription in the iPad version. Simply visit the FormIt 360 web app, log in and start the Pro trial, and then open the updated iPad app and log in with the same credentials. When you are ready to buy, visit the Autodesk Store and remember to use your Autodesk 360 account email in the checkout. And here is what you get!


Wait…all of that for FREE?

As exciting as FormIt 360 Pro is, you have to remember that most of the FormIt 360 goodness is absolutely FREE! Here are the highlights:

FormIt Converter
We now offer a separate Revit add-in which allows you to move Revit families back and forth between FormIt 360 and Revit. And if that was not enough, we added a little bonus: SketchUp to FormIt 360 converter. Find out more and download here.

Advanced Geometry

  •  Sweep, loft, and cover to create exotic geometry
  • radial array tool
  • multi move tool lets you grab various edges and faces to move at once

Expanded Keyboard shortcuts on Web

Use familiar keyboard shortcuts on the Web app.

Model diagnostics
see non-manifold issues before you export for 3d printing


Introducing FormIt 360 Pro

During the life cycle of a product there are always pivotal milestones: those first shaky prototypes, the first alpha and then beta launches, the first “official” launch, reaching your first X number of downloads/users, etc. Today is one of those pivotal days for FormIt 360. Today FormIt 360 grows up and goes pro! While the core modeling tool on web, iOS and Android that you have come to know and love will remain FREE, we now offer an extra subscription that you can purchase directly from the Autodesk Store. You can also start a 30 day trial from inside the Web or Android apps.

So what do you get with the FormIt 360 Pro Subscription?

  • Solar Analysis. Analyze your design for monthly peak or yearly cumulative solar impact with exact values displayed directly on the surfaces of your model. Available on all platforms.
  • Energy analysis. You can analyze, report, and compare your design’s energy and cost factors – all with a ASHRAE 90.1 compliant energy model created for you in the cloud. See this blog post for more info. Available on Web and iOS only.
  • Real-time Collaboration. The real-time collaboration system that we we have been beta testing for the past few months has been greatly improved. Send your teammates – or even your client – a link and start collaborating! Available on Web and iOS only.

And there is so much more just inside the newly updated FREE FormIt 360. See here for more about the other free features.


FormIt 360 for Android gets Groups and Solar Analysis

Fast following our complete overhaul of the geometry kernel in FormIt 360 back in February – we now have another big update for the Android version. First off, you can create and edit Groups that keep things separated and allow you to create component copies that all update at once. You can also now purchase an optional FormIt 360 Pro subscription which will turn on the new Solar Analysis feature.

Oh…and one more thing. Did you notice the name change? Yep, FormIt is now FormIt 360 (but we won’t hold it against you if you just call it FormIt :)

Dispatch from Down Under: FormIt 360 to Revit to Cloud Rendering

Today we have a nice video from our friend and colleague Sam Macalister – Senior Technical BIM specialist in Australia. He does a really nice job of showing how to leverage groups and materials to quickly generate some nice renderings via Revit and Cloud Rendering. Check out some of Sam’s other great cloud renderings and BIM related YouTube videos.

The FormIt Deck Chair

While we do not have a FormIt Friday webinar this week, we DO have another great design from our Principal Software Engineer (and architect) Markus Bonn. He showed us another practical design with FormIt last year.

This is a deck chair, loosely modeled after the Corbusier Chaise Lounge, but intended to be built out of wood. The structure is out of cedar with ipe seat boards. The curved sides are made up of a pair of cedar boards. The top edge of the inner board is offset by the thickness of the seat to allow for a mounting surface. The FormIt Offset Face tool worked perfectly for that.  The seat is designed to swivel over the two horizontal rails to change the position form upright to horizontal (i.e. from “while drinking beer” to “after drinking beer”). 

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Join us for FormIt Friday!

Join us this Friday, Apr 10, 2015 at 12:30 PM EDT for the inaugural episode of our new FormIt Friday webinar series!

Register now!

Come and spend a little of your Friday with the Autodesk FormIt 360 product team. For this first episode we will cover the basics and give some juicy tidbits about what is coming soon. In the future we will do deep dives into features, answer questions and even invite special guests to co-present. Hosted by Autodesk FormIteers Tom Vollaro, Senior Product Manager and Tobias Hathorn, Senior User Experience Designer.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

View System Requirements

FormIt for Apple Watch

When we started building FormIt back in 2013, people told us “no-one will want to build 3D models on the iPad!” Well, I would say after a million downloads and many thousands of monthly users – we have proven the naysayers wrong. After the announcement of the Apple Watch the naysayers returned: “No-one will want to build 3D models on the Apple Watch. It is too small!”  Our team responded: “Challenge Accepted!

Do you want to pre-order FormIt for Apple Watch before the April 24 rollout? Click here.

Have you looked at FormIt lately?


It is hard to overstate how much has changed in just over two years since we first introduced FormIt to the world. If you have not looked at FormIt in awhile, you may be blown away by how much it has grown up! Did you know that FormIt is:

  • Not just for iPads anymore! FormIt runs on pretty much any Android device.
  • Not just for tablets anymore! We introduced an early preview of our Web version in 2013. Since that release, we have overhauled the entire app. Sketching, snapping, pushing, pulling, graphics have all been vastly improved. Plus, now you can create editable group instances that speed up your design process for repeatable objects.
  • Compatible with Revit 2015! Every time you save, you get a Revit file with editable mass families, level datums, location data and more.
  • Collaborative! Create an online session where you and your colleagues, on mobile and web, can edit the same model at the same time, or share a viewpoint for remote presentations.

And we have a lot more coming very soon. Follow us @FormIt3D to be “in the know”