Win32 and 64, English

Paolo Locatelli
Reinforced concrete detailing software and automatic bar bending schedules.

General Usage Instructions

Click the AutoRebar icon button to load the plugin and visualize dynamic AutoRebar objects.

Create your drawing using dynamic AutoRebar objects.

Use the BBS command to generate the Bar Bending Schedule.

Use either the EXPLODESEL command or the EXPLODEALL command to explode your dynamic AutoRebar objects into standard Autodesk® AutoCAD® objects and distribute your drawing to other users with no need to install AutoRebar on their computers.


Ribbon/Toolbar Icon Command Command Description


Switch ON the AutoRebar engine to create or visualize dynamic objects and load the AutoRebar tool palette.


Insert a new dynamic Rebar. The command behaves similarly to the standard Polyline command. Just specify the diameter and follow the options at the command line. Arcs and hooks and custom bends are also possible to shape a Rebar with virtually any geometry.


Convert a polyline into a Rebar. Select the polyline and specify the diameter.


Quick draw command for a stirrup shaped Rebar. Specify the diameter, the concrete cover, and the two opposite corners of the rectangular concrete section.


Quick draw command for a crosstie-shaped Rebar. Specify the diameter of the crosstie, the diameters of the two bars which are hooked by the crosstie and their center points.


Quick draw command for a chair shaped Rebar. Specify the diameter, the feet length, the body height, the body width and the insertion point.


Insert a new sectioned bar. Specify the diameter and the insertion point.


Insert a dynamic linear array of sectioned bars. Specify the diameter, the bar spacing or the number of bars, the start point and the end point. When stretched, the array of sectioned bars reacts in the following way: - if it's been defined by SPACING, the number of sectioned bars changes to preserve the same spacing. - if it's been defined by NUMBER OF BARS, the bar spacing is adjusted to keep the number of bars unchanged.


Assign a new Mark number to the selected Rebar. Marks are always taken into account by AutoRebar when preparing the Bar Bending Schedule. Select the Rebar to be linked and specify the insertion points. A Mark can be assigned to a group of bars whose geometry is linearly variable in the structure: 1. select one Rebar first (for instance, this might be the shortest bar in the group of variable bars); 2. type V for the VARIABLE option; 3. select the second Rebar (for instance, this might be the longest bar in the group of variable bars); 4. specify the insertion points.


Calls can be useful to create annotations dynamically linked to Marks. Calls are not considered by AutoRebar for scheduling. When a mark is modified (directly or indirectly by modifying a Rebar) Calls gets updated on the fly.


Append a straight section to an existing Rebar. Select the Rebar you want to append the section to, and specify the new vertex point.


Remove a section from an existing Rebar. Select the section of the Rebar you want to cut.


Edit AutoRebar entities. Select the autorebar object you want to edit and click the command to access the edit form. This command is also triggered by a DOUBLE-CLICK action on any AutoRebar object.


Edit the annotation scale of AutoRebar entities in multiple selections. This affects the annotations in the object such as texts or symbols, not the dimension of the object itself. Select the AutoRebar entities and enter the new value of the new scale.


Explode the selected AutoRebar objects into standard AutoCAD entities. AutoCAD blocks and polylines included in the selection remain untouched.


Explode all the AutoRebar entities present in the drawing into standard AutoCAD entities. This is useful to distribute your drawing to users who don't have AutoRebar installed on their computers. User defined blocks are not affected by the command. You will be prompted to save a backup copy of the drawing containing the original dynamic AutoRebar entities.


Generate or update a Bar Bending Schedule taking into account all the Marks present in the current drawing. Simply specify the insertion point.


Export to Excel the content of the current quantity take-off.


AutoRebar Options dialogue box. Define units, digits, annotation scale, bending radius, font, display options and more.


The installer that ran when you downloaded this app/plug-in from Autodesk App Store will start installing the app/plug-in. OR, simply double-click the downloaded installer to install the app/plugin. You may need to restart the Autodesk product to activate the app/plug-in. To uninstall this plug-in, exit the Autodesk product if you are currently running it, simply rerun the installer, and select the "Uninstall" button. OR, click Control Panel > Programs > Programs and Features (Windows 7/8.1/10/11) and uninstall as you would any other application from your system.

Additional Information

Not suitable for Autodesk® AutoCAD LT®.

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Version History

Version Number Version Description


Added Compatibility for AutoCAD 2024


Compatibility for AutoCAD 2013 or newer


- Extended user interface with the new AutoRebar toll palette for maximum productivity: insert diameter, spacing and mark data in the tool palette, then draw multiple objects with the same data. Common AutoRebar buttons are now accessible from the palette even when the AutoRebar tab is not visible. The new palette is optional: the user can close the palette and access all the commands from the ribbon tab like in previous releases. - AutoRebar options are now stored in the drawing, not globally: each drawing can have its own set of settings such as units, digits and drawing preferences. - AutoCAD 2013 -> 2020 compatibility.


- Minor bug fixes - 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015 compatibility


- Added 2020 support


- New options for Mark Objects to automatically calculate the Rebar length by considering or not the actual bending radius. - Options for Secbar crosshair types now also apply to Rebar special ends.


- Added Autodesk® AutoCAD® 2018 support. - Code signing Certificate by Comodo®.


No A360 sign-in required to use this plug-in. Just install and go.


New features in this release: Bar list export to Excel (CSV file). Options > Units > Use imperial bar sizes #2, #3...#11, #14, #18. Options > Units > Display imperial format 0'-0⅛". Options > Units > Restore Defaults > Metric/Imperial units. Options > Marks > Diameter symbol. Options > Marks > Spacing symbol.


- Improved file saving performance

- bug fixes


AutoCAD® 2016 compatibility.

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