You can't compare Autocad with Tekla for instance. As you talk about using it for structural steel, with some searching you can decide for yourself wich programs you need to see. The casting components are organized into categories to be selected and dropped into any ornamental iron drawing. Your options to choose from are endless. For a general fab shop that sometime does some structural, some sheet metal. Solidworks is very intuitive and easy to learn.
Which means you can make templates of frequently used parts and assemblies. Do you need to send your drafts to a quality control engineer or just the customer? One major draw back with Bocad and Tekla. I would not suggest Autocad for anything, it is crude, not very intuitive, and very problematic when dealing with revisions. I use Solidworks and Tekla daily as part of my work and I am also very proficient with Autocad. Think of Solidworks as a real world modeling program and not as a cad program.
. If you mean these drawings of the balusters from King Metals. In the end you have to make the decision which program suits you the most. For real desiging, forget about 2D! I wouldn't even think about trying that in Solidworks. Autodesk Structural seems quite ok, but one can only give a good review after using for a while.
It is also not very clear if you need Autocad to run it, or it is a stand-alone program. Just click and drag the mouse. The source code can be compiled under Microsoft Visual C++ 6. Revit can not be compared to Tekla; it simply can not do what Tekla can do. You can be drawing intricate ornamental iron designs in minutes after installing the program.
Do you want to have an exact overview about your working hours? Do you think once we save enough blocks of plates, post, channels that it can be as fast as any other program and produce a quick cut list for shop guys like autocad? Scons: Thank you for your reply. I know older revits are bad compared to Tekla, but 2014 is a ball game changer From what I understand Revit needs an addon package to automatically do beam to beam or beam to column connections, etc. Yes 3d is nice, but its not required by contractors. Most good software is selled in different forms like basic, pro,. Solidworks is very intuitive and also totally parametric, so it is very easy to create multiple configurations of the same part ie: you can draw once and configure many. I make two configurations, change the dimensions to suite on both and suppress the cage on the longer ladder.
I was wishing it can do both, railing and staircases. Although Tekla does railing it is extremely expensive, and unless you are detailing entire buildings it is not great for just railing. Once the casting component is added to a drawing, it can easily be moved, rotated and even duplicated. The video is not mine, but I work with the same program, it's just to show you how fast it can go. So that may account for my specific issues with cost versus usability. As to Revit, seems like endless videos and even Lynda training makes some.
I have already made the ladders and have saved them as a template. I am now getting into structural staircase's also and need something little more advanced for shop drawings. One ladder is 30' and one is 24' feet with a cage. Also ask the license agreement. It will also create stairs with treads wood, suregrip, grating or pans. The software packed with powerful adjustments and enhancements, advanced selection tools, layers, masks and layers styles,vectorial objects,filters and special effects, advanced drawing tools, brushes and dynamic brushes. We fabricate full steel staircase, railing for staircase.
If your stairs and railings are like this one, you can do it with solidworks I guess. I may take some flak over this but I find Autocad very klunky and unusable. Maybe there is someone on the forum who works with these programs. Trust me, you'll need the list because there are many things you want to know if the program is capable of doing it. About the programs, ask the demo guy s what is included in this quote! Ornamental Pro also works with a wide variety of metalworking tools and equipment such as metal benders, scroll benders, tubing or pipe benders, ring rollers and picket twisters. Can you make your own macro's in your version? Ornamental Pro was originally designed for the welder who spends more time in the shop than using a computer. That is what we need most of the time.
I think they are in 2D, most high-end modelling programs work in a 3D-environment, the fastest way to re-create them would be in Solidworks I think. I have herd of soildworks but I also herd it takes long then auto cad. The drawing program allows you to draw railings, gates, fence, scrollwork, wrought iron furniture, security doors, security window guards quickly with a variety of automatic functions and buttons. Often when selling programs, the let you see stunning things, but after that it seems they are optional modules in the program. Photo Pos Pro photo editor is the ultimate tool to turn you digital photos into stunning artworks, create eye-catching graphics and take your creativity to next level. I was looking at a couple of others at the time and there seemed to be a free or low cost share program that was pretty good, but I dont remember the name right now, sorry. Also ask about yearly maintenance contracts, don't forget that.