The BIM (Building Information Modelling) process has become an essential part of building planning. 3-D models make it possible to avoid errors from the planning stage, reduce costs and plan with the later real design of the elements. In order to offer architects, planners and roofers maximum convenience when configuring skylights independently, Lamilux developed an online product configurator. The new version offers more functions and digital access to a larger part of the Lamilux product world in 2-D and 3-D.
With its innovative functions, the Lamilux BIM and product configurator won over a jury of independent, interdisciplinary experts from industry, science, and finance. After its release in February of 2021, it won German Innovation Awards in two categories: “Design Thinking” and “Excellence in Business to Business – Information Technologies | Industry Specific and Service Software”.
Designers can automatically generate dimensional drawings and 3D PDF data sheets during configuration, in addition to a BIM model with three different levels of detail. The configurations can be saved and shared via links. BIM objects can be configured directly from the architectural programmes Revit, ArchiCAD or Allplan using plug-ins, placed in the building, and modified in these programmes via a guided dialogue.
How To Use the Lamilux Product Configurator for North American Projects
7 steps to your BIM skylight
Whether BIM or conventional construction planning: with the Lamilux BIM and product configurator, you can create your individual skylight with just a few clicks and receive variant-accurate CAD objects and data sheets.
Step 1: Select a product family
Right on the start page of the Lamilux BIM and Product Configurator, you will see all the products that you can configure using this tool. It is titled “CAD Configurators” and includes many product options. At this time, the product options for North America are limited to The Glass Skylight F100 circular, Glass Skylight FE 0° and Glass Skylight FE 3°. If you are interested in any other products, please contact us before you begin your modeling to ensure your choices can be delivered to the US / Canada.
Step 2: Select the product details
A screen will now open in which you have many options to choose from: Size, type of glazing, heat transfer coefficient or opener are just a few examples of these. After each selection you make, the configurator updates itself. This is also displayed directly to you graphically as a model, so that you can also observe the changes. The selection menu adjusts itself after each configuration and shows you only the combinations that are still possible or the necessary properties. Lamilux does not use type abbreviations and its manufacturer's language here, but only queries generally known properties.
Step 3: Check your selection using the 3D preview
You can check whether you are configuring exactly the skylight you have in mind by looking at the 3D preview of the product that evolves with each selection. This is always clearly visible to you in the upper left half of the screen and can also be switched to full-screen mode. So if you are not quite sure about a selection, a quick glance at the model, which you can swivel and zoom in all directions, is sufficient.
Step 4: The configurator automatically checks compatibility
A plausibility check runs in the background without your intervention. The BIM and product configurator calculates – in real time – whether the options you have selected are compatible with each other. This way you never run the risk of configuring a flat roof window that is unusable or incompatible in its components.
Step 5: Select preferred file type
Once you have configured the Glass Skylight to your satisfaction, you can now generate the desired downloads. Here you have the option of downloading your configuration as a file, downloading it using a plug-in or sending it directly to Archicad, Revit or Allplan. The configurator generates BIM objects, 2D and 3D CAD models, images and dimensional drawings in various file formats as well as a comprehensive PDF data sheet for you.
Step 6: Access your files in the download centre
The data you generate and files you download are collected in the download centre of the BIM and product configurator. You will find this in the red bar right at the top of the website. There you can get individual downloads or all together via zip file or email. The available PDF data sheet with all technical features including active 3D model and dimensional drawing as well as a link back to the configuration is of great use. In addition, you can have another 3D CAD or BIM object and up to seven 2D views stored in your desired file format in this PDF data sheet, virtually as a file container similar to a zip. This turns the PDF data sheet into an all-in-one document for your configured Glass Skylight.
Step 7: Share the configuration with colleagues or request a quote
You can also send the entire data sheet. With just one click, you can return from there to the corresponding configuration and continue working on it. It works even faster and easier with a link that you create directly in the configurator by clicking on the red button “Recommend this product”. You copy this and send it to colleagues or customers, who can then see and edit exactly your configuration at the time of link creation or fetch their own downloads. Next to it is a “Request a quote” button. This button sends a quote request to Lamilux in Germany, which will in turn send the quote to 475 if the project is in the US or Canada. We recommend you skip ahead, and send a “Recommend this product” link directly to the 475 Daylight team.
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