3dS, set up steel structures intelligently

3dS, set up steel structures intelligently

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All good things come in 3's, so 3dS comes with 3 main features: Ease of use, Performance, and Intelligence.


With 3dS you may make fewer mistakes thanks to the practical bidirectional 2D/3D approach:

the engineer, the designer and the operator will be able to work with 3dS.

3dS does not confront you with an abundance of choices. All commands are organized in a logical structure with a maximum of 8 choices for each decision.

The 3D approach is a simulation of reality. You can check the practical result at any moment and all manipulations are carried out.

Are you used to working in 2D? 3dS offers you all the tools to work in 2D, while everything is drawn in 3D. At any moment you can ask 3dS to show a member in 2D from whatever side you choose.

Producing 2D drawings from a 3D model? 3dS generates any plan view, elevation, section or perspective view for you. This means fewer mistakes and shorter production time.

The 3D approach is a simulation of reality. You can check the practical result at any moment. The visual control is very handy in difficult situations where no standard solutions can be used. The result is no more worries on the site! Everything fits perfectly!


Performance and speed

The intelligent tools in 3dS take care of fast execution.

A limited set of instructions allows you to complete a lot of tasks, e.g.:

  • Automated bill of materials at any moment.
  • Automated generation of 2D plans for overview and for mounting instructions
  • Workshop drawings fully automated with possibilities for checking and adding info.



The app allows for automatic detection for the correct placement of sections and bolts.

This can be experienced when you want to position a bolt manually: when a bolt comes too close to another edge or to another member, the bolt turns yellow.

This feature also detects if you have access with your tools to fix the bolt.

A bolt that can’t be placed (e.g. partially or completely outside a beam/plate), turns red as a warning.

The ‘clash check’ function is another intelligent feature in 3dS: beams and plates that are ‘clashing’ turn yellow.

This clash check has its unique opposite function in the welding-check: 3dS checks if two elements are touching to make welding possible.

For more, you can decide yourself which sections and strips you are going to work with, e.g. you can limit the choice of sections/plates to the ones you’ve got in stock, or to the ones you can get from your supplier.


Automated connections:

3dS evaluates the situation at hand and proposes one or more possibilities. These proposals include sizes for plates, size, and a number of bolts and checking for clashes, all adapted to the situation at hand.

3dS generates automatically all workshop drawings for beams, plates, and assemblies in 2D from your 3D model, including details.


At this moment, all text is available in English. Other languages including French, Dutch and more will be available soon.

You can use 3dS for fast setup and design of various types of steel structures: housing, office buildings, industrial buildings and piping installations.

3dS is an answer to the need for a structured solution that covers all disciplines in a construction process.


3dS is conceived BY and FOR the professional user.

The engineer likes to use it because setting up a structure takes less time to enter in 3dS than to explain it to a draftsman

The draftsman likes it because 3dS helps him a lot in making choices that are common in most situations.

The fabricator likes it because 3dS generates automatically workshop drawings that are clear and useful.

Sobre esta versão

Versão 22.1, 28/04/2021
Adapted to run on Autodesk® AutoCAD® 2022 version

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