We are looking to add a steel detailing addon to SW. TSD looks like the best fit for us. Please share your thoughts on any steel detailing addon. Thanks!
Did you end up getting TSD? I've reached out to them with no response and posted here asking about it ask no response from anyone here either.
I reached out to a SW reseller about it. He has tried on multiple occasions to get us a trial version, without any success. I am surprised to not get a response as well!
That's a shame. The product seems impressive and would save a ridiculous amount of time. Our shop has recently started doing mezzanines and catwalks, and modeling all of that is ridiculous
Check out my reply (link below) on your post Tony. It is a huge shame and a huge loss for me.
The Steel Detailer/TSD or equivalent?
Forgot it , they are just a cheaters , they pick my 3500 Euros and from that day i never heard on them , Ic3d is better Im just waiting them if any new developpment which includes angles to CN outputs
I have used The Steel Detailer (TSD) for the last 3 years and have done some incredible projects with it but the creator of the software Michael Crawford was forced out of the company by Quadro Design management. There is no longer any support for this software since Quadro does not have anyone competent to even answer tech support.. I am testing a new program which hopefully will be on the market in the near future.
which program are you testing? There have been a few on the market and just when I think it's going to work the company stops.
IC3D haven't updated , Builtworks stopped, EK4 (Steelworks) have suspended and the SteelDetailer has now suspended.
I finally actually just got the email to download a trial for Builtworks just yesterday. What a waste of a program. It's less intuitive for trimming than just standard Solidworks operations. I hope TSD actually is being worked on like they say. That was impressive
I used Builtworks back in 2010, I thought it was ok. It had issues and the main one being the lack of investment to improve it. Another issue was the automated drawing capabilities, an area that seems to be overlooked by all the packages.
I'm using TSD at the moment. I've had a lot of responses to various questions. As mentioned previously by another, they are users and if they have a project on they can't reply for support. Michael Crawford left about 8 months after I signed up.
If anyone wants to know a bit more about TSD I'll do my best to answer any questions. I can't offer support but can tell you what to expect.
Overall I'm pleased with TSD, but I was with Steelworks and Builtworks. They all seem to get to a point and give up leaving the end user with software that could be but isn't.
IC3D approached TSD to buy them out at one stage. Quadro said no and that's how IC3D Steel was born. I has an online demo but, when I enquired more about IC3D Steel they said that the development had stopped. Version 2.1 seems to have been around for a long time.
may be steel detailer software companies such as Tekla, Bocad or autodesk buy those projects , because yes everytime we got new addin for solidworks they stopp developpments...
I am pleased to announce that my company CAD Craftsman is offering a solution to the void in SOLIDWORKS steel detailing software. Steel Designer Pro automates the entire process of creating steel structures. For more information www.steeldesignerpro.com
How do you see your company developing? As several SW structural packages have fallen by how is you company going to stay the course?
I've personally spent a lot of time and money on past add-in's only to have them halted with all my money basically wasted.
Is there really a market for SW and structural detailing?
I agree with you Roy. TSD has left a very sour taste in my mouth and out of pocket to the tune of $7,000 that I will never recover. Michael Crawford left Quadro only a few weeks after I purchased the TSD software and Quadro went steadily downhill ever since.
I think there is a SW market for structural detailing but unfortunately it is too late for me as I have moved on to AutoCad Advanced Steel. I even stopped renewing my SW subscription. SW limitation of 1Mx1Mx1M for x,y,z is a real problem for me where I need to place objects at specific survey coordinates. That is where AutoCad shines head over heels above SW.
Steel Designer Pro is currently being used on live projects. We are developing marketing and training materials at this time. The structural features have proven robust and adaptable. Libraries for US and Australian sections and connections are in place. The member libraries can be expanded as needed to do projects involving non structural parts. SDP can be set up for a stand alone installation or a multi user environment over a network or cloud based server. I have basically taken everything that annoyed me with other add-ins and removed it. Automation includes drawing creation and processing, flexible naming of members, customized BOM creation and tracking, creation of dxf files for plates and sheet metal as well as DSTV files for export to CNC equipment. There is no locking process or file swapping. Consolidation of files is activated whenever you are ready and tracks any changes. If you put an extra hole in 1 of 4 base plates then the BOM's change and a new drawing is added to the list. Running the BOM creation allows output of sections, plates, vendor items and bolts.
Structural detailing in SOLIWORKS in my view gives the ultimate freedom for the designer. SDP does not step on SOLIDWORKS but speeds and automates the repetitive tasks while using the parametric nature to eliminate errors.
Sorry if this response is wordy but there are more advantages and features than I can go into here. Please feel free to contact me directly Will@CADCraftsman.com
CAD Craftsman has developed Steel Designer Pro to fill the void of structural detailing software for SOLIDWORKS. The software has been proven on multiple projects and is being actively used at this time. New projects are used to add to the libraries and expand the knowledge base. At this time we are working on the trial deployment as well as marketing and training materials to be developed over the next few weeks.
It has come to my attention that quite a few users of TSD were left hanging when support ended. I would like to offer consideration to those affected and would encourage them to contact Sales@CADCraftsman.com for more information.
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