What is Modumate?
It’s the next big thing in 3D modeling tools for architects and designers. Instead of kludging on top of yesterday’s approach, Modumate takes a modern approach to building design, with an eye towards data and automation to allow architects to deliver better outcomes faster.
What is it like to use Modumate?
With Modumate, you do all your designing in beautiful, smooth 3D, and the 3D objects carry their own metadata — including how they should be represented in a drawing set, so Modumate can create your drawing set for you.
Does it replace SketchUp, Revit, Rhino or ArchiCAD?
Initially it will be a complement to these tools, but in time it will be the only design tool you need. If you want to think in comparisons … it’s as easy as SketchUp, and smarter than Revit, with gorgeous 2018 graphics, and complete object metadata. Oh, and Modumate automates drafting of your drawing set — have we mentioned that part yet?
What object categories are native to Modumate?
In the first release, Modumate will include floors, roofs, walls, rooms, doors, windows, stairs, railings, fixtures, furniture, casework and fillers. Each object can have various customized attributes, like colors, height, weight, material, handle types, etc., and we’ll be adding more categories and objects all the time.
Can I add my own custom objects?
Modumate will interact with a repository of objects, and users will absolutely be key contributors. We will be setting standards for inclusion to avoid the quality issues that have plagued repositories with other products. It is better for everyone if we can keep the quality high.
What drawings will Modumate be able to instantly produce?
In the first release, Modumate will be able to auto-draft the following set:
- General Notes
- Existing Conditions
- Demolition Drawings
- Plans (site plans, building plans, enlarged plans, life safety, control points, key plans, RCPs)
- Elevations (exterior, interior)
- Sections (building, envelope)
- Schedules (room, door, window, wall, finish, fixture)
- Details (based on how you’ve modeled the 3D objects; with your customizations)
- Cost Estimate
We’ll add more auto-drawing types based on user feedback!
Why do we need a new 3D design solution? Why not just keep improving CAD or BIM?
Architects today have been burdened with building workflows that combine many partial tools and plugins, adding complexity while wasting time and energy on unproductive technical work. Meanwhile, in the last 20 years computing power has increased 10,000x; user experience design has increased 100x; building performance data has increased 100x; and the internet has unlocked sophisticated collaboration and sharing. It’s time for architects to join the 21st century, and that isn’t going to happen by tweaking yesterday’s tools. Architectural design needs rebuilding from the ground up (pun intended)!
When will Modumate be released?
Modumate’s first release will be in around the end of 2018. After first release, we will roll out frequent updates with new building components, auto-drawings and other features, just like other modern software.
Will it work with my old tools like AutoCAD, SketchUp and Revit?
Modumate is standalone software which modernizes how you will design buildlings and automate your workflows — it is not “just another plugin”. Once you design with Modumate and the repository of predefined objects grows, you’ll probably use your existing tools less and less. Modumate will be able to interoperate with those tools through import and export in formats like .DWG.