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. Ornamental Pro 2010 is a 2-D drawing program that helps metalworkers and wrought iron fabricators to quickly draw ornamental iron gates, railings, fence, security doors and other projects. The program provides the scroll letter sizes that correspond with the Shop Outfitters scroll bender. Plus fan forums all over Google. For instance I have to detail some roof access ladders today.Next
The source code can be compiled under Microsoft Visual C++ 6. The casting libraries are free to Ornamental Pro users and are periodically updated and expanded. The cage spacings etc are driven by an excel spread sheet. The casting components are organized into categories to be selected and dropped into any ornamental iron drawing. If you have a dwg library, it probably does not import in Tekla in a way you will be able to use it I think. So that may account for my specific issues with cost versus usability.
The less steps you need, the better. When I got the Op 2004 I felt it was limited in that it didnt do cut lists and keep track of the feet and had to have very clunky keying done to get filials on post tops added. Most good software is selled in different forms like basic, pro,. I have already made the ladders and have saved them as a template. Does Revit offer shop material cut list? One of the most handy features of OrnamentalPro is the built-in casting component libraries. As one more advice I can give you, if you can't decide, or the costs are too high, maybe it is worth to take a look at outsourcing some of the draftwork. If you mean these drawings of the balusters from King Metals.Next
Often when selling programs, the let you see stunning things, but after that it seems they are optional modules in the program. Ive been using ornamental pro since 2004 and also have the 2010 version. The video is not mine, but I work with the same program, it's just to show you how fast it can go. Tekla will create stairs similar to the above video but it will also create all the associated 2d part drawings with all the dimensions and all the 2d assemble drawings with all the dimensions. Be sure to know them before you buy. I was wishing it can do both, railing and staircases. Another feature of Ornamental Pro is the ability to import cnc plasma cut silhouette patterns into the drawings.Next
Can you make your own macro's in your version? With Autocad there is a lot of manual drawing; revisions are not as easily managed. I may sound like a salesman but Soildworks will change the way you think about your designs, the way you approach your project, and the way you work in general. Do you want to have an exact overview about your working hours? If your stairs and railings are like this one, you can do it with solidworks I guess. You can't compare Autocad with Tekla for instance. To check your resolution, go to your desktop and right-click.
Shop drafts need to include drafts for folding and cnc-cutting. I would not suggest Autocad for anything, it is crude, not very intuitive, and very problematic when dealing with revisions. Its great for quick snap simple railing system but that's about it. I haven't seen real structural things. As for Revit being faster then Tekla. We also do some residential work like driveway gate and fence. If you are interested in Ornamental Pro drawing software, you can see how it works by watching it in action on the videos located here:.Next
What's the size of project you are talking about with structural steel? When it comes to picket twisting, the program allows you to twist any bar as much as you would like in any direction. Solidworks is very intuitive and easy to learn. I am now getting into structural staircase's also and need something little more advanced for shop drawings. You can be drawing intricate ornamental iron designs in minutes after installing the program. Thats what I was hoping to import into Tekla but Tekla lacks in ability to do so. Besides, it also looks like its for railing only.Next
I would not get involved with Tekla if all you want to do is detail railings and stairs. Video Note: If the video is slow to play at first, pause the video for a minute to allow it to load. The program can be used on a laptop computer to make quality drawings at the customers' location. Keep in mind that the guys who sell are very aware of the things other programs can or can't do. Do you want to figure out what have been done and what haven't easily? For drawing ornamental iron and wrought iron projects, Ornamental Pro drawing software is the tool you must have. Artistic patterns such as those provided from PlasmaCam allow you to incorporate beautiful art designs into your gates, railings, fence, security doors and furniture within your ornamental iron drawings.
Ornamental Pro was originally designed for the welder who spends more time in the shop than using a computer. 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. With Ornamental Pro, you are able to select from thousands of cast iron spear caps or finials, cast scroll patterns, hinges, rosettes, forged picket patterns, wrought iron leaves, grapes, baskets provided by wrought iron casting suppliers such as King Metals King Supply , Lawler foundry, Architectural Iron forgings and castings and Allied Castings. Reason why I'm not liking Tekla right now is because either I haven't figured out yet why its not importing our. Yes 3d is nice, but its not required by contractors. Revit can not be compared to Tekla; it simply can not do what Tekla can do.Next