By Brian Tuffin
Wondering if you can get specialized products or designs from manufacturers into your model?
Currently, many building product manufacturers that have standardized or stock products have been providing building information models for a few years now. As clients start to request a higher level of detail from BIM, the need for more content, including custom content, is growing.
Autodesk Inventor can open a Revit file, which allows manufacturers to work within the envelope provided by the designers. It also allows the designers to share their design intent in a format that the manufacturers can see and use. As changes are made the models can be updated, allowing the manufacturer the ability to provide better coordination within the building. The level of coordination ensures connections for Data, Power, Piping, Plumbing and even Structural connections are accurately coordinated. This level of coordination and collaboration is at the core of what BIM is.
Now that the Revit file is in the manufactures hands and designed we need to get it back to the designers. Jason Swiercz an Applications Expert with IMAGINiT wrote a paper on this process, check it out.