Frame Builder for Alibre Design

Introducing the Frame Builder add-on, the perfect tool to simplify building structural frames within your Alibre Design Pro or Expert CAD software. With our intuitive software, you can easily create 3D models of complex structural frames that meet your specific needs.

The Frame Builder add-on streamlines the process of designing structural frames, eliminating the need for manual calculations and repetitive tasks. With just a few clicks, you can add structural members, joints, and connections to your 3D model, and our software will automatically adjust the sizes and positions of each component.

Tools for Creating Frames

Create new frame members based on a user library of profiles.
Create new frame members based on a user library of profiles.
Easily create a miter corner between two or more frame members.
Trim or extend frame members to a plane or planar face of another part.
Create a cope to make a frame member fit precisely to another frame member.

With Frame Builder, you can easily experiment with different designs, test different materials sizes, and refine your ideas until you have the perfect frame for your project. And because our software automates many of the tedious and time-consuming tasks involved in designing structural frames, you can complete your projects faster and more efficiently than ever before.

Frame Builder lets users create frame members from a library of profile templates. Create Beams, Angles, Round Tubes, Square Tubes, Aluminum T-Slot Extrusions, Lumber, Any Profile You Want! Add any profile to the library and then create frame members nearly effortlessly. The frame members can be built by edge, and point to pointDistances are automatically calculated! Constraints are automatically Added! Miter corners, extends, trims, and copes can be easily done.

Our software is designed to work seamlessly with your existing Alibre Design software using Alibre Script, so you can continue to leverage the power of your current design tools. And best of all, the Frame Builder is user-friendly and intuitive, so even if you’re not an experienced CAD user, you can quickly get up to speed and start creating beautiful, functional structural frames.

Just released in Frame Builder V2: Update and Rebuild frame members to changes in the base part design.

Tools for Editing Frames

Edit an existing frame member.
Edit an existing frame miter corner.
Update / Rebuild frame members to changes in the base part design.

So if you’re tired of manually designing your structural frames and want to streamline your workflow, try Frame Builder today and experience the power of automated design.

See Frame Builder in use in Alibre Design:

Video showing how fast frames can be created in Frame Builder V1.6

Frame Builder is Useful For:

  • Structural Steel Construction
  • Metal Frame Fabrication
  • Aluminum T-Slot Extrusion Frames
  • Wood Construction
  • Tube Roll Cages
  • And Many More!
Creating frame members by using multiple edges and adding miter cuts to them.
Adding miter corners at the intersection of three frame members.
Adding miter corners at the intersection of four frame members.

Profile Templates

Profile Templates are simply Alibre Part files that need a single extruded feature created from a closed sketch. Optionally the Profile Templates may contain a sketch used for coping other parts.

Example Library Hierarchy

The Library is organized using the hierarchical structure of folders. This can be customized by the user. The Library Location must be configured in the Settings. It can be up to 3 folder layers deep with the profile parts in the last folder level.

Example of profile template selection.

It is sorted alphanumerically using a natural human sorted method like:

What About Software Updates?

Frame Builder is a one-time purchase that includes minor version updates of Frame Builder but not major version updates of Frame Builder. I will do minor version updates of Frame Builder even for major version updates of Alibre Design but once I release a new major version I will no longer maintain the previous major version. For example if you bought Frame Builder V1.1 (which was for Alibre Design V22) you still get update V1.9 included (which works on Alibre Design V26), but you won’t get V2.0

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