How to Bridge Gaps in Your Architectural Designs with FormIt 360, from CADLearning’s David Cohn

Many architectural designers face the issue of bridging the gaps between preliminary design, design development and construction documentation in Revit. Users needed a tool to seamlessly move their designs in and out of Revit throughout their design process. While some users opt SketchUp as a solution, moving designs from SketchUp to Revit is not exactly fluid.

In his Autodesk Knowledge Network article, David Cohn, Senior Content Manager at CADLearning suggests architectural designers:

“Bridge the gap between these steps by starting your design in FormIt 360 before exporting into Revit.”

FormIt 360 is a free iOS app for the Apple iPad, a free app for Android tablets, both a free and paid application (FormIt 360 Pro) running in a web browser, and a paid program (FormIt 360 Pro) for PCs running Windows. With FormIt, you can start producing your 3D model designs on your tablet before your morning commute, pick up where you started on your office desktop and switch back to your tablet during your lunch-time meeting with a potential client. The ease of importing and exporting to and from Revit demonstrates how FormIt 360 allows you to truly design anytime and anywhere.

David elaborates further on the design capabilities:

“You can begin a model by sketching lines, arcs, circles, and so on. When they form closed shapes, the program immediately creates a face. You can then click and drag that face to extrude it into a solid. Or, you can quickly place solid primitives—cubes, pyramids, cylinders, domes, and so on—and combine them to create more complex shapes. You can then sketch additional lines on the faces of solids to divide faces and continue to push and pull faces, edges, and vertices to refine your design.”

If you’re looking for ways to get started with starting your designs in FormIt 360, check out CADLearning’s 6-video playlist:

Transitioning between these architectural design steps has never been easier thanks to the FormIt 360 Converter. With the FormIt 360 converter, you can bring even bring files from SketchUp into FormIt and continue editing the designs. David explains in Issue 17 of CADLearning’s The Blast emagazine:

“Once you have created a design in FormIt, you can move it directly into Revit. Solids in FormIt translate directly into Revit mass families, which can then be converted into Revit walls, floors, and roofs. Levels in FormIt convert into floors in Revit. Groups in FormIt can become Revit families, while sketched elements such as splines and arcs can easily be converted into native Revit geometry.”

So, if you’re an architectural designer looking for a tool to help you design your 3D Revit models anytime and anywhere, be sure to take advantage of the free FormIt 360 app on your iPad, Android tablet, or web browser. You can also check out FormIt 360 Pro, the paid subscription version. The Pro subscription ranges with fees from $40 per month to $300 per year, and offers many additional features like real-time team cloud collaboration, Dynamo Studio integration, early-stage design analytics, and access to a cloud-hosted version of the Autodesk material library.

Do you currently use FormIt 360 to help you create and edit models throughout your design process? Share your thoughts in the comments!

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