V1.4 Flagship Feature: Metric

Metric is the most commonly used dimensional unit format in the world. And Modumate has joined the party as of V1.4!
July 16, 2021
4 min read

Metric - It's What's For Dinner

Until 2021, most of our users were based in the US.

Meanwhile, the Metric system is used across the world and is the standard in the majority of countries (all except three: Myanmar, Liberia and the United States).

In order to support our amazing and growing international community, we have added full support for Metric units into Modumate alongside the Imperial system.

In the grand scheme of things, Imperial-Metric conversions are pretty easy to wrap one's brain around. 1 in = 2.54 cm. From that simple ratio, every other measurement can be derived. 

However, to fully integrate Metric support throughout Modumate was a bit more complicated. The complexity comes from all the different contexts in which Modumate measures distances. From typing distances during vector-based operations, to specifying dimensions in the BIM Designer and Detail Designer, to ensuring the correct dimensions through the DWG and Quantity Estimate exports, we needed to integrate Metric everywhere. This meant journeying all around the codebase and ensuring dimensional values stayed intact no matter what unit system is used.


So what does this mean for you?

In short, Metric is now fully supported across Modumate. If you switch to Metric units, everywhere you can type and see dimensions in Modumate, metric will be displayed. This means anyone using Metric can comfortably use Modumate for their projects.



BIM Designer

In the BIM Designer, you can now adjust wall thicknesses and modules using Metric.

You can define modules’ lengths, widths, heights, depths, and thicknesses in Metric units. The dimensions associated with these changes will automatically be applied across your project.

Detail Designer

In the Detail Designer, you can now adjust the extensions of your layers in Metric. 

To enter the Detail Designer, click on any Massing Edge, then click “+” next to its Detail property. You can adjust the extension distances of each layer in each neighboring Separator. Your detailed adjustments are then included in all other aspects of the project, such as its quantity estimates and DWGs.

DWG Exports

With your DWG exports you can easily use Metric. When first opening your instant DWGs in AutoCAD, the dimensions will appear in imperial units. Therefore you have to convert your model into Metric in AutoCAD. Here is a simple step-by-step process to quickly and easily convert your model into Metric:

  1. Scale your entire model up by 2.54.
  2. Type the command DIMSTYLE and choose the Modumate Style
  3. Click modify on the right hand side of the dialog box and open the primary units tab
  4. Change the unit format from architectural to decimal.

Now your model units and dimensions will be shown in centimeters. To switch to meters or millimeters, simply scale your model down by 1/100 or up by 10, respectively.

Quantity Estimates

When you export your quantity estimates, you will obtain the exact amount of material needed for your project. This can come in the amount of linear feet needed for a particular stud type, or how many sheets of plywood you will need. These quantity estimates are based upon all the metadata in Modumate and with metric enabled, they will be exported with metric measurements.

Switching Between Units

It's easy to switch between Imperial and Metric units. This will allow you to design a project using Metric units then easily convert it to Imperial, or visa versa. This can help you when communicating with engineers, contractors, and clients who are used to a different measurement system.

First, click on the Modumate logo in the top left corner. Then, select Settings. Finally, open the dropdown menu and choose either “Meters”, “Millimeter”, or “Feet & Inches”.

It’s that easy. We wanted to fully support Metric early in Modumate’s journey, so we can support our international community. Billions of people use Metric around the world, so we felt this was a crucial feature to implement in our 1.4 update (alongside its other flagship features, the Searchable Help Menu, and Landscape tools). 

We’re releasing features at a fast clip, so we want to hear what you think! Send us an email at info@modumate.com and we will personally respond to your suggestions. 

At last, the future of building design is available in Metric. We'd be hono(u)red if you gave it a try :)

- The Modumate Team

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