Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween from the FormIt team! My friend and colleague Zach over at BuildZ hosts a parametric pumpkin contest every year. So why should all the Revit and Dynamo heads have all the fun? Here is my “entry.”

I also 3D printed the little bugger just for fun. If anyone is interested I will do a longer post about how I made the pumpkin and printed it.

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G is for…Googie?

I have had to go heads down recently while I work on some new stuff. So my colleague Chico Membreno has picked up the torch while we build out the ArchDaily A-Z modernism posts using FormIt. This one was fun. Who knew kitch American architecture had an official term: Googie? I must have slept through that lecture. Post your own FormIt creations to Instagram using tag #FormIt3D.

C is for Corbu and D is for DeStijl

I am still catching up with ArchDaily’s A to Z Modernism – they just posted E through H! So here are C and D. The Villa Savoye model is something I had been working on for awhile. But the new texture map feature allowed me to add some realism to the windows.


Villa Savoye – modeled with Autodesk FormIt on the iPad


The iconic Red and Blue chair by Gerrit Rietveld – modeled in Autodesk FormIt on the iPad

A is for Aalto

The wonderful blog ArchDaily posted last week “A to Z” Modernism on their Facebook page. The second Wednesday of every month they will profile four modernist icons. They started, of course, with one of my favorites: Alvar Aalto. Specifically the Wolfsburg Center near Berlin. I decided to try and keep up with them and re-create all 26 projects using FormIt.

Alvar Aalto Wolfsburg CenterCourtesy of http://www.worldarchitecturemap.com

I will be sharing all of the FormIt files. Here is the first one. Just copy it to your FormIt folder on Autodesk 360 and resync from the FormIt Gallery page in the app to open the file.

Ronchamp par FormIt

We had a little “bug bash” today in the office as we prepare to launch the next version of FormIt. Its always fun to see what our users and colleagues come up with. This one comes from Trey Klein in the Revit QA group: Which of the images below is a photo of Le Corbusier’s Ronchamp, and which is actually a FormIt model of the masterpiece?  Hmmm?

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Want to know how he did it? You have to wait a bit to find out…

Even MORE fun and useful stuff you can do with FormIt


Here in the U.S. it is Memorial Day. So many of us are enjoying some time off with our families (and our grills, weather permitting.) Keeping with our recent theme of cool stuff you can do with FormIt – this one comes from the inside. Markus Bonn is a Principal Software Engineer on the FormIt team. He is also the rare breed of software developer with a background in architecture and a great sense of design. From Markus:

I talked my neighbor on building an arbor on the north side of his garage. He argued that nothing will grow there since it is in constant shadow. I argued against it, built a FormIt model of the arbor and proved that the top of the arbor gets plenty of sun for climbing vines. I used our sun and shadow UI. We cranked the project out together over the last two weekends. After it was built, the sun exposure on the real thing was dead on.

Below is the FormIt model and photos of the built structure. Unfortunately the pics were taken on a cloudy day so the shadows are not as crisp as they should be to validate against the FormIt model.

Even MORE fun and useful stuff you can do with FormIt

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