Complete design tool for wood and steel structures
Build a bridge between the design and the construction process with ArchiFrame for Archicad.
What is ArchiFrame?
ArchiFrame is an add-on that extends Archicad into a complete designing tool for wooden structures. ArchiFrame provides tools for wall framing, column and beam structures, intermediate floors and roof structures.
The beauty of designing with ArchiFrame is that everything sits within one Archicad file — including 3D models and 2D elevations with semi-automated layouts and listings.
Draft in one click
Draft wood structures in one click and get instant design feedback.
Automate the process
Innovative features like automated and editable elevation save on project costs.
All in one file
Everything you need is inside a single file – including 3D models and 2D elevations with semi-automated layouts and listings.
Easy element production
Individual planks can be hand-manufactured using ArchiFrame dimension drawings and cut lists, or produced directly with CNC.
Embrace the freedom to edit each individual piece. Print and change your graphics, layouts and blueprints whenever you need to.
Work with either metric or imperial measurements: ArchiFrame is fully compatible with imperial measurements (this can be updated via settings at any time).
Any type of structure you need
Wooden wall framing & structures
Automatically drawn dimension lines
Automatically generated cut lists
Editable in elevation, floor plan and 3D
Projections available from front, top, back and below
Exterior paneling: weatherboards, exterior cladding & split paneling
Multiple structural layers
Real world layers and rotations
Automatic connections at corners
Adjustable rules for studs and planks at corners
Re-angle and organize wooden beams and planks
Wooden flooring & floor structures
Floor beams automatically matched to the construction grid
Full control of every single beam
Steel beam cuts made using the ArchiFrame groove tool
Makes cresting wooden flooring as easy as creating walls
I-beams with plywood reinforcements (used in this example)
Light-gauge steel framing
ArchiFrame supports also Light-gauge steel framing. See Healthy Buildings USA’s Facebook page or a YouTube video or another video.
Drawing planes to guide tilted pieces
Support for timber frame joint types (e.g. dovetail or tenon & mortise) and simpler angled cuts etc.
Create support trusses
Adjust rafters to the valley rafter and place valley & hip rafters easily
Direct output from your BIM software
When you need to deliver cut lists or cut files, do so with a few clicks. ArchiFrame supports the formats of the most common CNC machines. This seamless approach makes it very easy to work from early sketches all the way to manufacturing.
Dimension drawings for manual manufacturing
Cut lists (xls or txt)
CNC Hundegger bvn, btl and wup for Weinmann