Q. How does BuildersCAD compare to AutoCAD?
A. BuildersCAD has all the drafting tools you would find in
AutoCAD but goes way beyond that. It has home building specific objects,
commands, intelligence and automation that are not present in a CAD system such
as AutoCAD. BuildersCAD automates everything from the layer management to
the 3D model creation with the most powerful tools in the industry. In
most cases, BuildersCAD can easily replace AutoCAD with incredible productivity
gains quickly realized.
Q. Can BuildersCAD read an AutoCAD file?
A. Yes. With the addition of the Expert Info-CAD
translator you can Import and Export AutoCAD drawings from version 1 right
through v2006 and ADT.
Q. Can BuildersCAD frame an AutoCAD created floor plan?
A. No, not directly. The plan can be imported in
BuildersCAD and used as a template to easily trace our intelligent framing walls
on top of. This will turn AutoCAD 2D layouts into full 3D framing models
with attributes of Exterior Load Bearing Walls, Interior NLB Walls, Gable Walls,
Beam Pockets, Posts, etc.
Q. My company has spent years writing AutoLISP programs to
make our AutoCAD more productive. Can I transfer this programming to BCAD?
A. There is no need to. BuildersCAD has spent the last
20 year investing several hundred man years of programming to make it the most
robust residential and framing CAD system available today. We update the
software adding features at least once a year and have a dedicated programming
staff to keep the technology moving ahead. Because all programming is done
and controlled in-house, there is no risk of any functions becoming incompatible
with the core products. In return, your design department can focus on
productivity rather than compatibility.
Q. I already use another software in house to design my
trusses. They now have a wall panel module. Why should we consider
BuildersCAD for our wall panels.
A. There are many reasons to consider. The maturity of
BuildersCAD is one of them. We have been dedicated to the Panel and
Automation industry for over 20 years. This is a time proven software that
has evolved around the needs of companies just like yours. We also are
unique in the fact that you can buy and own the BCAD software for less than 4
months lease on many other panel products. Another huge plus is our
stacker program. This allows the ultimate control over panel production
and is unrivaled by anything else available. BuildersCAD also combines
full Architectural CAD and 3D into it's offering. This eliminates the need
for any other CAD program in your company.
Q. Is there a way to move the wall layouts from BuildersCAD
into my Truss Software so we can eliminate the possibility for re-input errors?
A. Yes. This is easily accomplished by exporting the
BCAD wall layout into a DWG or DXF format and then importing it into your truss
Q. I am looking to automate my shop with some computer
controlled equipment. Does BuildersCAD have any compatibility in this
A. Yes. BuildersCAD has several ala-carte technology
offerings including interfaces to the popular Mango, Alpine and Virtek systems.
If you have specific equipment you would like to drive we can put together a
custom interface to meet your needs efficiently and economically.
Q. Many CAD systems now show framing in their advertisements
and claim to be framing solutions. What makes BuildersCAD different?
A. BuildersCAD framing is based on an expert system of rules
based technology. Unlike many system that simply show extruded rectangles
that are shaded brown to look like framing, BuildersCAD actually lets the user
define what happens when a 2x6 exterior wall is intersected with a 2x4 interior
wall. It creates the proper intersection based on your rules and flips
through several choices until all your criteria is met including a guarantee of
3/4" minimum nailing surface for drywall and a stud nailing surface on the
exterior at every 16" for proper sheathing nailing. When a condition
cannot be met, BuildersCAD flags and reports it to the user so a questionable
situation does not get overlooked and built. With BuildersCAD, a stud is a
stud with real length, depth, with, grade, species, stock and behavior, not an
extruded graphic to propagate a wall. Request a live BuildersCAD demo
online and you will instantly see the difference.
Q. We build walls for several local companies, each having
their own unique needs for headers, corners, sheathing, rough openings and
lumber pull. Is it possible to manage this variables without having to reset
them for each job?
A. No problem at all. BuildersCAD uses a concept of Job
(drawing) and Projects (rule data to drive the framer). With multiple
Projects setup for various customers, any designer can quickly switch between
projects to instantly and accurately calculate and display every customers exact
requirements. This eliminates the chance of overlooking any unique
conditions because they are now coded to that customers project.
Q. We are always looking for a faster and more economical way
to build. How does BuildersCAD work with newly introduced lumber grades,
sizes and Engineered wood products?
A. BuildersCAD allows any new type of framing component to be
easily introduced into the software. As long as you can name the item,
give it available widths, depths, lengths and behavior, BCAD will place it, cut
it, optimize it, count it, report it and even cost it.
Q. We have several plan designers on staff but only one
Panel Engineer. Do we need to purchase the whole software package for
everyone if we only need the CAD functions and not the framing?
A. All you need is the BuildersCAD portion to do all
CAD drawings. These files are 100% compatible with the Intelliframer and
can be passed on for complete framing, stacking and cutting output at anytime.
This is the most economical setup by any software system because it allows you
to only pay for what you need. Any BuildersCAD can be upgraded to the full
Intelliframer at any time without a price penalty. This way your software
can be enhanced as your productivity and needs grow.