“Looking for a BIM Library alternative? Try BIMsmith” is a guest post from Ethan Adams at Anguleris Technologies“
When developing BIMsmith, we felt it was time to take a different approach to traditional BIM libraries and allow designers to work with building product data in a far more comprehensive way.
Unlike any other BIM Library, the BIMsmith platform allows building professionals to search, compare, visualise, configure, store and share BIM content and other Building product data.
In fact, it is so different to a BIM library that we rarely hear that word when we discuss with users or manufacturers. BIMsmith is product selection platform first but with BIM at the foundation. In this article, we will go through the core elements of the BIMsmith platform:
BIMsmith Market is a search and comparison site for building product data.
On the face of it, it does look like another BIM library, but you can do so much more. For starters, not only download high quality BIM content which has been developed and curated by our team of in house experts, but you can easily find other product data such as IES files, CAD Blocks, SketchUp Models, 3DS Max models, brochures, specifications, testing data etc. You can also learn more about individual products by watching videos uploaded by the manufacturers.
But perhaps it’s best feature is the compare tool. Here you can compare building products side by side based on their technical properties and certifications.
BIMsmith Market is packed with other features to make your life easier. These include content ratings, product ratings and the ability to see how the BIM content has been produced before you download it!
No more downloading a file from a BIM library without knowing what you are getting in terms of electrical connectors or if it’s a type catalogue. Got a product question, use the Let’s Talk feature to directly communicate with manufacturers.
OK, so maybe there are some similarities between BIMsmith Market and other BIM libraries but BIMsmith Forge, takes things to a whole new level.
BIMsmith Forge is a patent protected technology that allows users to build render-ready assemblies in seconds. BIMsmith Forge contains over 110,000 Revit materials provides a product neutral space for hundreds of standalone products to come together to form complete assemblies, just like they do in the real world. You select products and configure content for any Autodesk Revit®-generated wall, floor, or ceiling assembly with simple one-click, on-the-fly ease
Whether you find products on BIMsmith Market or build systems using BIMsmith Forge, you can store them in our free content management tool – MyBIMsmith.
With MyBIMsmith, Users can create & share streams based on project, team, or organization. You can keep everyone on the same page by keeping all your assemblies in one place and it’s 100% free.
With the BIMsmith platform (Market, Forge & MyBIMsmith) we are providing building professionals a far more comprehensive way to find, store and share building product data. We are always striving to improve our tools to help save you the designer time and make working with manufacturers product data easier. If you have any suggestions, feedback or would like to see a manufacturer on the platform, please leave a comment below and we will consider it for inclusion.