3A Composites USA is pleased to announce that Alucobond® aluminum composite material (ACM) 3-D Building Information Modeling (BIM) files now are available to architects and designers on the new BIMsmithForge cloud-based platform by Anguleris Technologies.
BIMsmith Forge – a free design platform for architects and designers – allows building design professionals to form complete wall assemblies by accessing hundreds of standalone products. Accurate outputs are provided for each custom wall assembly, including three-part specifications and cut sheets. Building components created on BIMsmith Forge can be inserted into other design platforms such as Autodesk Revit.
“As manufacturers of Alucobond – the original and globally recognized aluminum composite material – our goal is to continually improve and expand Alucobond offerings for cladding modern building designs,” said Ben Branham, marketing manager, 3A Composites USA. “We created Alucobond BIM files for Autodesk Revit to allow architects and designers to access all of our product options within that paid design platform. By partnering with BIMsmith Forge, we’re now providing architects and designers with free, easy access to all of our Alucobond color and finish options as well as the ability to quickly build entire wall assemblies from the outside in for review. We’re pleased to be a part of the BIMsmith Forge design platform, which helps to simplify architectural designers’ jobs by cutting the time it takes to individually download all of the product BIM files it takes to build a wall assembly.”
Alucobond is specified by architects and designers as high-tech metal cladding for office buildings, hospitals, educational facilities, convention centers, airports and hotels and is utilized to create custom design elements such as entrances, canopies, column covers and interiors as well as corporate identity structures and signage. Alucobond consists of two sheets of 0.020” aluminum thermobonded to a polyethylene core and is manufactured in the standard 4mm thickness. Alucobond provides extraordinary flatness and rigidity, excellent formability, low weight and outstanding weather resistance.
BIMsmith Forge allows users to save design combinations for later use and to easily modify designs following review and analyses by entire architectural design and construction teams.
“This is a completely new way to specify real products rather than generic product representations within Building Information Modeling,” said Steve Loring, marketing director of Elgin, Ill.-based Anguleris Technologies. “We’re offering BIM content from leading manufacturers of building products all on one platform, saving precious time for architects and designers who otherwise would have to search multiple sites for complementary products for assemblies. We’ve focused on including the respected brand in each building product category. That’s why we’re so excited to offer Alucobond BIM content on BIMsmith Forge; Alucobond was the first aluminum composite material introduced to the building design and construction industry and remains its leading ACM brand.”
The BIMsmith cloud-based platform is free for architects, designers and other industry professionals. It allows users to virtually build wall, ceiling and floor systems, creating customized files for download.