Lately I have been working with the FormIt 360 and Insight 360 development teams working on some new and exciting upcoming features. In my Autodesk University class “AR18857 – Design Strategies with FormIt 360” Hopefully I will be able to show off some if these new items with my existing workflows on designing/modeling facades in FormIt and getting feedback from Insight 360 on what is working and not working.
I have been working a lot on workflows for designing curtain systems inside FormIt 360 for façade layout. There are some great tools in FormIt to quickly start flushing out design intent for these type of designs. At the bottom of this post I have some links if you are interested. One of the new additions to FormIt 360 is allowing Dynamo Scripts to be part of the FormIt design model. Josh Goldstein, User Experience Designer at Autodesk, was a huge help at making my “wish list items” of how this would work and developing a Dynamo script for me to help with creating curved curtain systems inside FormIt 360. This will be something that I will be handing out at my AU class so everyone can build upon this great Dynamo script or use it as is.
I will also talk about hitting what I call the “brick wall” at your firm on trying to get people to start using FormIt 360 instead of the “other” design tool. There are some strategies that we will look at to help you win this battle. We will also learn how to use some built-in tools to establish a FormIt content library from either your existing Revit family library or even the “other” design tool content library (existing local library or from the web).
One other miss conception is there no method of moving forward the design changes in your updated FormIt model to your existing “FormIt converted to Revit model”. Remember, this is one the biggest reasons why FormIt 360 is so much better because there is no such thing as a “throw away model” unlike the “other” design software. This workflow will even be better and easier hopefully by the time AU comes around compared to the current way that I do it, which again isn’t hard in any way.
As I mentioned earlier with some of the recently updated features in Insight 360, the workflows are becoming easier to get quick feedback on your façade design. Insight 360 works with FormIt 360 directly and FormIt has a built solar analysis but bringing the FormIt model into Revit will give you additional feedback for the Insight 360 energy model.
Some of these existing workflows are not well known but as you can see in the image below the results. This is all done in just a few clicks, so the workflow is fast which means someone can go through multiple design iterations very quick.
To see your final results, you just need to send your FormIt/Revit design model to Insight 360. Again, some simple clicks take it up to the cloud for analysis which typically you will get results back in minutes.
From here I can see the results but I can also make additional changes for wall/glass ratio, wall/roof construction, glass type, shade devices, and numerous other settings.
If you want to get a head start before my AU class, the FormIt 360 team has graciously put together an overview of several posts and webinars that I have done: LINK. Last year I spoke at the Revit Technology Conference and I shared my PDF document if you would like to read than watch the different videos: LINK. And finally, here is a link to everything that I have done so far that is posted on my blog: LINK.