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Autodesk Fabrication CADmep 2020

What is Autodesk Fabrication?

Fabrication ESTmep™, CADmep™, and CAMduct™ software provide an integrated set of tools for MEP specialty contractors. Estimate, detail, and drive fabrication at LOD 400 for mechanical building systems with tight integration to BIM and CAD design workflows and deliverables.

Autodesk Fabrication CADmep 2020

  • Use manufacturer-specific content to generate better estimates
  • Create more accurate detailed models for installation
  • Produce sheet metal for fabrication
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System Requirements
Operating System64-bit Microsoft® Windows® 11 or Windows 10. See Autodesk’s Product Support Lifecycle for support information.
CPU TypeBasic: 2.5–2.9 GHz processor Recommended: 3+ GHz processor
Memory4 GB RAM or greater (2 GB RAM or greater for Autodesk Fabrication Tracker)
Graphics1,280 x 1,024 (1,600 x 1,050 or higher recommended) true color video display adapter with OpenGL-capable graphics card
Disk Space2 GB of free hard drive space for installation and data storage
Pointing DeviceMicrosoft-compatible keyboard and mouse
Media (DVD)Download only
.NET Framework.NET Framework Version 4.8

The following database management functions are covered in this section:

  • Database backup
  • Cloning a database
  • Purging a database
  • Making added external source entries permanent
  • Setting a GUID for a Database
  • Migrating databases (using the Migration Tool)
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Note that users must have certain user privileges configured a certain way in order to perform some of these functions. If a user does not have privileges setup to run these functions, the following message is displayed: “You do not have privileges to run this command.” You may need to check with your IT administrator for more information about the functions you are able to perform.

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Topics in this section

It is strongly recommended that databases be backed up on a regular basis, especially before and after significant changes are being made. For example, backup your databases under these conditions:

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  • before installing any Autodesk Fabrication product software updates or service packs
  • after installing any Autodesk Fabrication product software updates or service packs, before any changes are made
  • before and after using the Migration Tool to migrate a database
  • after price lists are modified, as this updates the database
  • Shared databases should also be automatically backed up at regular intervals
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It is important to note that a Fabrication database is composed of folders and subfolders, and files of various types that reside in those folders. A database is not a single file. For more information, see Database Files and Folders Descriptions.

  1. In Windows Explorer, browse to the database location. By default, this is typically C:\Users\Public\Public Documents\Autodesk\Fabrication <version>\ Imperial Content.Note: For a shared database on a network server, the database path displays under the configuration when you start the Fabrication product.
  2. Right-click on the database folder name and click guid-978cfa2a-308a-4355-ab00-5db9385425ea-5641491 Send To guid-978cfa2a-308a-4355-ab00-5db9385425ea-5641491 Compressed (zipped) folder. This creates a compressed zipped folder containing all of the folders, subfolders and files selected.
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TIP: The following Fundamental Training Video includes a walk-through of how to perform a Database Backup: Costing.

Autodesk Fabrication CADmep 2020

ake sure you have reviewed the following resources before you begin creating content:

This section describes how to create material and gauge information for parts (items) that are used in the Autodesk Fabrication products.

Autodesk Fabrication CADmep 2020

About Materials

In the Autodesk Fabrication products, information about the material that fabrication parts are made of is stored in the Material database. The Material database is actually organized into 2 main categories of materials: Main materials and Insulation materials. The Main and Insulation tabs at the top of the Database dialog allow you to switch between the two. Both material types work and are configured in the same way in the Autodesk Fabrication products. Having material information organized this way allows you to separate manufacturing (main) materials from insulation materials.

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About Gauges

For parts that are modeled by the Autodesk Fabrication products, each material is typically available in a variety of gauges, or thicknesses (sheet thickness). The gauges associated with a material are specified through the Material database. Each gauge can also be assigned a cost per weight, and a default sheet size on its creation. Other properties, like density and roughness, can also be applied to provide even more details about the fabrication part. For example, specifying a density for a material, along with the gauge, allows the weight of a part to be calculated. Specifying a roughness property for a material allows pressure drops to be calculated.

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In the Autodesk Fabrication products, all of the gauges currently assigned to the active material are displayed in a drop-down list. Gauges are sorted according to their thickness. Use the scroll bar if necessary to display all of the gauges. Right-click on the gauge and select Delete to delete a gauge from the material.

Autodesk Fabrication CADmep 2020

For pipework, the OD (outside dimension) is specified in the Material table.

Click on the guid-b457441d-15bf-400a-a0a8-793f3b769df0-9993940 icon at the top of the gauge column to add a new Gauge or double-click on an existing line to amend the data.

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Each gauge can have one or several sheet sizes (Length, Width and Product Code) assigned. Sheet sizes determine at which point the oversize check is applied.

Clicking the guid-35a0a00b-d147-4367-8975-a54ad1e0c740-3249480 will delete that sheet size. For multiple sheet sizes at the same gauge, the sheet size to be used as the default by automatic nesting should be assigned the  . Product Codes can be applied to the materials for use in reporting and costing. Sheet sizes are also split into Flatbed sheets and Rotary which was introduced for Rotary Nesting.

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Standard Wire Gauge (SWG)

Standard Wire Gauge (SWG) is a method of defining sheet thickness that is often used by the ductwork and sheet metal industries who work with thin plate. The wire gauge can be displayed instead of thickness on various screens and printouts.

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SWGInchesmm
010.3007.620
100.1283.251
120.1042.642
140.0802.032
160.0641.626
180.0481.219
200.0360.914
220.0280.711
240.0220.559
260.0180.457

The material and gauge of an item is specified on the Item tab during Takeoff.

When the nominal diameter is specified as 0.5 inches, as shown in the example below, the outside diameter (Diameter) value is assigned from the material and gauge setting. This is illustrated below, in the Pipework tab at the bottom of the Edit Gauge ASTM 888 dialog.

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In the Autodesk Fabrication products, ancillary items, such as flange materials, channel, corners, bolts, and gaskets, can be created and stored in the database for items to use and to be costed automatically at takeoff.

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Ancillary items can be added to items so that you can add more accurate costing, manufacturing, and installation time information to parts. However, it is important to understand that in the Autodesk Fabrication products, ancillaries have no graphical representation in the model. In other words, they do not display in the model. They simply allow you to add better costing data to the model.

Autodesk Fabrication CADmep 2020

In the Autodesk Fabrication products, ancillary items, such as flange materials, channel, corners, bolts, and gaskets, can be created and stored in the database for items to use and quantify automatically at takeoff. Ancillary items are items that you can add to other items (parts) so that you can apply or add more accurate costing, manufacturing, and installation time information to a part. It is important to understand, however, that In the Autodesk Fabrication products ancillaries have no graphical representation in the model. In other words, they do not display in the model.

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The cost and time information for ancillary items is defined in the Ancillary section of the database, under Fittings. Click Database GUID 978CFA2A 308A 4355 AB00 5DB9385425EA 5641491 Fittings GUID 978CFA2A 308A 4355 AB00 5DB9385425EA 5641491 Ancillaries to access these settings.

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The principle is the same for other costed ancillaries, such as air turns and supports. The advantage of using this method is that a price list can be used more than once. This is more convenient when setting up similar items; for example, a Ductmate connector and a Ductmate stiffener. Both of these items can use the same corners, profiles and bolts, so the same price/time lists can be assigned to each.

Creating Ancillaries

The following pre-requisites should be considered before introducing a new ancillary into the database:

  1. Ancillary type: Decide which ancillary type best suits the ancillary. Note that the ancillary may not be available for selection when applying to the component. For example, creating a Fixing, and then attempting to apply it to the Clips section of the Connector database would not be possible. You would need to create the ancillary in the Clips section of the Ancillary database for it to be listed.
  2. Costing method: Another pre-requisite is to know how the ancillary will be costed. Will it be costed Per Quantity or Per Meter? On creation, values need to be entered in the per meter section, if it is a length-based ancillary (for example, gasket tapes, flange lengths), or per quantity for single units, such as fixings or clips. The alternative to entering a value on the ancillary itself is to enter a code, and then link to a price list for the cost. The cost can then be controlled from the price list, whether it is priced per meter or per quantity.

Click the guid-b457441d-15bf-400a-a0a8-793f3b769df0-9993940 icon to create a new table entry, ensuring the type of ancillary has been selected first. Information on each field available for entry is listed below:

Description: A descriptive name for the ancillary. This can be letters or numbers.

Product ID: Lets you specify a supplier’s product code or catalog number, typically used for referencing a price from a price list. The price list must contain this code and have a valid price assigned.

Cost £ /(Qty): A value entered which is the cost of the ancillary (per quantity). If using a price list, this field will be the price list name used that the product code exists inside. (Must have a product code and price in the price list set to “each”).

Cost £ /(m): A value entered which is the cost of the ancillary (per meter). If using a price list, this field will be the price list name used that the product code exists inside. (Must have a product code and price in the price list set to “per m”).

Note: The Cost £ /(Qty) and Cost £ /(m) can be used together. When values are entered into both fields, the cost is calculated as follows: (Qty of Ancillary Item x Cost £ /(Qty)) + (Total length of Item x Cost £ /m).

Weight (kg)/Qty: The weight of each ancillary item, in kilograms.

Weight (kg)/(m): The weight of 1 meter of the ancillary item, in kilograms.

Note: The Weight (kg)/Qty and Weight (kg)/(m) can be used together. When values are entered into both fields the weight is calculated as follows: (Qty of Ancillary Item x Weight (kg)/Qty) + (Total length of Item x Weight (kg)/(m)).

F Time (mins)/Qty: The time required to manufacture one of the described ancillary items, in minutes.

F Time (mins)/(m): The time, in minutes, required to manufacture one meter of the described ancillary item.

Note: The F Time (mins)/Qty and F Time (mins)/(m) can be used together. When values are entered into both fields, the time is calculated as follows: (Qty of Ancillary Item x F Time (mins)/Qty) + (Total length of Item x F Time (mins)/(m)).

E Time (mins)/Qty: The time required to install/erect one of the described ancillary items, in minutes.

E Time (mins)/(m): The time, in minutes, required to install/erect one meter of the described ancillary item.

Note: The E Time (mins)/Qty and E Time (mins)/(m) can be used together. When values are entered into both fields, the time is calculated as follows: (Qty of Ancillary Item x E Time (mins)/Qty) + (Total length of Item x E Time (mins)/m)).

Once the ancillary has been created, select Apply and OK to add the entries to the database. The Ancillary is now ready to be included into an Ancillary Kit or applied to the individual component (connector, seam, support, stiffener etc.)

Accessing the Database, and then clicking the Costing tab  of the component allows selection of the ancillary.

GUID C5E11437 360D 428F A28C 60AB11B90AC4 3207116
GUID 1FC19D34 E959 4EBF 81F1 BCDE9818BEC2 1093486

For more information, see Item Ancillaries and Creating Ancillaries.

Ancillary Kits for Support Rods

Ancillaries can also be configured to use ancillary kits for specifying support rod diameters. You may want to use this method of specifying support rods in situations where it is important to maintain updated costing data for supports. For more information, see Controlling Support Rod Diameter with Ancillary Kits

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