Software Every MEP Contractor Needs

Autodesk Fabrication software comes in three distinct versions meant to accommodate professionals in specific fields. These versions are known by the names: Fabrication CAMduct, Fabrication CADmep, and Fabrication ESTmep. Each version of this software has been designed to fulfil a distinct purpose, whether that is generating estimates, the creation of accurate models, or even directly driving MEP fabrication. CAMduct is engineered for ductwork or ventilation related fabrication. CADmep is for the purpose of mechanical detailing for MEP (mechanical, electrical, plumbing) contractors. ESTmep is also software for MEP contractors however it serves the purpose of calculating estimates for project costs and such.

2020:

Autodesk Fabrication CADmep 2020 64bit $75
Autodesk Fabrication CAMduct 2020 64bit $75
Autodesk Fabrication ESTmep 2020 64bit $75

 

2019:

Autodesk Fabrication CADmep 2019 64bit $65
Autodesk Fabrication CAMduct 2019 64bit $65
Autodesk Fabrication ESTmep 2019 64bit $65

 

2018:

Autodesk Fabrication CADmep 2018 64bit $65
Autodesk Fabrication CAMduct 2018 64bit $65
Autodesk Fabrication ESTmep 2018 64bit $65

 

2017:

Autodesk Fabrication CADmep 2017 64bit $65
Autodesk Fabrication CAMduct 2017 64bit $65
Autodesk Fabrication ESTmep 2017 64bit $65

 

Features

Due to the fact that there are separate versions of software available under the Autodesk Fabrication umbrella, it’s most useful to examine their features as distinct from one another for the sake of clarity. The features you’ll gain access to with each version are as follows:

Fabrication CAMduct

  • Integration with Revit
  • Sheet Metal and Linear Testing
  • Component Library for Sheet Metal
  • Machine Support and NC Writing
  • Databases and Content Libraries are shared
  • Advanced Tools for calculating job costs

Fabrication CADmep

  • Integration with Revit
  • Integration with AutoCAD MEP
  • Manufacturer Content and Patterns included
  • Validation of Services and Clash Detection
  • Databases and Content Libraries are shared
  • Layout is Multiservice friendly

Fabrication ESTmep

  • Integration with Revit
  • Use Revit and AutoCAD MEP to generate bids
  • Manufacturer Content and Patterns included
  • Tools for calculating Value Engineering Options
  • Databases and Content Libraries are shared
  • Project Variation can be tracked

Functions

While this handy list of features is fairly informative, assessing the functions of each serves to be doubly beneficial. Here we’ll elaborate a little on the general conveniences (or features available across all versions) followed by more specific descriptions for each of the Autodesk Fabrication software.

General:

  • Integration with Revit allows you to use models with ITM content.
  • The inclusion of manufacturer content and patterns gives you the opportunity to explore over a thousand different templates.
  • Streamlining workflows between estimating, detailing and fabrication is made much easier thanks to the shared databases and libraries.

Fabrication CAMduct:

  • Thanks to linear nesting and sheet metal, improved material use is achieved through advanced nesting.
  • The component library for sheet metal is a large spec-driven database.
  • For production purposes there are built in and custom post processors.
  • The presence of job costing tools means it’s both quick and easy to ascertain how costly a given job is.

Fabrication CADmep:

  • Models can be easily imported and exported from Revit and AutoCAD MEP.
  • Potential issues can be spotted and fixed before the fabrication process due to the presence of service validation and clash detection.
  • You can use several models across multiple services in a simultaneous fashion.

Fabrication ESTmep:

  • For the sake of cost estimation, you can import models Revit and AutoCAD MEP to generate bids.
  • This Fabrication software can also be used to highlight multiple service pricing options to clients.
  • Variations in a project can be documented and re-priced.

Benefits

This section is here to tell you about what you have to gain by downloading Autodesk Fabrication.

  • Contractors can quickly determine how much a specific job is worth.
  • The design process becomes more streamlined.
  • You get to exert complete control over all aspects of the production process.
  • Your BIM workflows can be extended across both the realisation and production phases of the process.
  • The BIM project can be updated in real time, and as such any and all adjustments made during the production stage can directly be connected to the project in question.
  • Contractors can save time by speedily assessing any potential issues they might encounter along the production process.