hsbframing for Autodesk Revit

This article will show you the different actions on the hsbframing Ribbon in Autodesk Revit. This will give you an idea of how you can detail your Revit model with hsbcad’s hsbdesign software.

Ribbon hsbframing


Framing styles Editor
Framing styles editor

with hsbframing for Revit you can use any system type from Revit to create your framed result. The main thing you need to do is create your framing styles. These styles will be matched to your system types in Revit and will be the core of your detailing process.

Pressing the button will open up the framing styles editor. For more information on setting up your framing styles, we redirect you to this page: TODO

A framing style is needed to create more details in the drawing. With this framing style, it will be impossible to frame your elements.

Match Framing Style
Match framing styles

Once you have created your framing style, you need to match this style to a certain system type in Revit.

A system type is a wall, floor, or roof type in Revit.

System types in RevitExample of walls in the Revit library

Match your framing style to your system type

Select the command. And your window to match your framing styles will open up:

Match system types
Match framing style

The window is divided in three screens.

  1. System family types
  2. hsbframing style
  3. Visual representation of your system type and your framing style

1. System family types

This list contains the system types that you can find in your active Revit model. In this control you can filter based on a search string or through the type dropdown:

Filter system types

Next to that, the Show types filter filters the list for types in use in the drawing or not. When you select to filter to “Show types in use”, the list underneath will only show you a list of items that have an instance in your active Revit model.

2. hsbframing style

This section of the window allows you to select the framing style that needs to be mapped to the selected system type. After selection, you can modify the alignment, change the arrow side and add an offset to the aligned framing style.

Framing style options
  • Element Style: In this dropdown you find all your created framing styles within the framing style editor.
  • Arrow Side: Here you can flip the arrow side of the system type to interior or exterior in order to match your framing style.
  • Alignment: This gives you the option to align your framing style with your system type. The blue line within the 2D representation gives you the line where the framing style will be aligned to.
  • Offset: Here you add a value to align your framing style even further. The offset will be added from the blue line in the opposite direction of the arrow.

You can open the framing styles editor from this window. In that framing styles editor you can create a new framing style, or modify an existing one.

3. Visual representation of your match

In the third part of the window, you can find your 2D representation of the system type and the framing style. The blue line represents your alignment line. The arrow is your reference TODO.

2D preview of framing style
Split floors

Split Floors

This command allows you to split floors in separate elements. Revit does not allow you to split up floors automatically and this tool does that job for you. This will enable you to detail faster.


Select the command.
Select the floor you want to split up.
You will be able to select the option: Create Split Lines

After clicking this option you can create your split lines. Click your start point and your end point. You can create as many lines as you would like. After the creation of lines, press cancel. If you press the green checkmark in your “modify” ribbon your floor will be automatically split.

Split Roofs

Split Roofs

This command allows you to split roofs in separate elements. Revit does not allow you to split up roofs automatically and this tool does that job for you.


Select the command.
Select the roof you want to split up.
Your roof will be automatically split up based upon the roof lines from your sketch.

This function only works when a roof is created in a particular way. If you have created a roof through a footprint, it will be possible to automatically split your roof.


Item Containers

Item Containers

Item containers

This tool creates an item container for your system type. To perform an action, such as automatic framing, you need to have item containers attached to your system type (wall, floor, roof).

To create an item container, you can click on the item container command and select your system type (wall, floor, or roof). A multiple selection is also possible. This will automatically attach an item container object.

Item Containers for Linked Elements

Item containers for linked elements

This function combines the functionality above with the functionality of using a linked model. All you need to do is select your system type from your linked model and you can start framing your linked model.

Add to item Container

Add to item container

You can add more items to an item container with this command. If you want to add beams, metal parts or other items to your shop drawing or export results, you need to use this function.

Remove from item Container

Remove from item container

When you have added something to the item container by mistake, this is the tool to remove it again.


Update connections
Update connections

When you have configured your connections in the framing styles editor, you can press this button and it will create and/or update new connections between your item containers.

These connection details can be selected to make modifications or to see if they have been configured correctly or not. The connections shown in green are configured and you see your connection name next to it. The connections in red give you an alert symbol and for this connection, there is nothing that can be framed.

Connection details

You can easily change your connection type with the native Revit properties toolbox. After you click on the connection, you can go the dropdown and select your preferred connection.

Select connections
Update details
Update edges

When you have configured your framing styles, you can create edge details in your drawing to modify these while detailing. Every edge of your item container will receive an edge detail.

You can easily change your edge detail with the native Revit properties toolbox. After you click on the edge detail, you can go the dropdown and select your preferred connection.

Select edge details


Generate framing

This command let’s you frame the configured item containers.


Select the command.
Select your item container which you want to frame. (multiple selection is possible)
Press Enter or finish.

The product will automatically frame your item containers.

Remove framing

This command let’s you undo the framing for an item container.


Select the command.
Select your item container which you want to unframe. (multiple selection is possible)
Press Enter or finish.


Tools for framing

You find more information in the tools section for framing: tools for framing

Shop drawings

Create for container

With this functionality you can create your shopdrawings for item containers. The first step you will need to do is load the template you want for your item containers. As a second step you need to select your item containers. For these item containers the software will automatically create shop drawings.

Load your shop draw template (only once)

Select your template to use for the creation of the shop drawings

Select your item container and your shopdrawings will be created in the Sheets tab of your Project Browser

The result is a shop drawing

Activate Shopdrawing Template

Sets current sheet to Shop drawing Templates.

Add Tags

You can add tags to your shop drawing with this function. This allows you to add information to beams, sheets, and other elements within a view. You need to select a view before trying to add a tag to the view.



Recalculate hsbcad elements.


Trigger hsbcad Coded Family Extensions to execute.
The elements connected will be re-created.

This can solve possible issues with hsbcad families.


You can navigate fast through your detailed model with the console. Opening this tool adds a tab next to your project browser and gives you an overview of every item container on each level.

Create PosNums

Add position Numbers to structural members.
The hsbPosnum parameter value is set after analysis of the selected solid(s).
Each equal solid will get the same value, this number can be used for identifying objects for machining and ordering purposes.


Select the command.
Select the Structural Members, you can select with a window or click an individual Structural Member (a plus mark appears when Structural Member hasn‘t been selected yet).
Deselect the Structural Members by reclicking or window select (a minus mark will appear on Structural Members that already have been selected).
In order to finish or cancel the selection go to the options bar.

You can also confirm selection by pressing <enter>.

After finishing the ”Posnum Settings” dialog will pop up.

You can select the Start Number, this will be the number that will be assigned to the first beam. The rest of the beams will get an increasing number.
The keep existing numbers option will not overwrite the current value of the PosNum parameter.
The From Scratch option will delete the existing value of the PosNum parameter and assign new numbers from scratch.
After finishing the hsbPosnum parameters value is assigned to the “hsbRevit Beam”.

The hsbPosnum parameter can be overwritten manually, but this is not recommended.

Support Tools

This adds Support Tools.


Export manager

Sends an hsbcad model to the hsb export manager. The hsb export manager is a separate application outside hsbcad that can export an hsbcad model to a variety of file formats.  From machine files to formats like .ifc and .pdf

More information about the exporter: hsbexporter


Send your model to hsbshare. An app to facilitate communication channels between project owners and stakeholders, for sharing of extended meta data orientated around a 3D model. This centralized tool is shared among design offices, site teams and building owners



Select to customize the hsbcad settings.This shows a dialog where you can configure the hsbcad settings.



Provide access to online help and other resources.

Account Info

Account info

You can find more information on your license, purchasing options, version and updates.

Account info

Shows you all the information on your account.


Updates hsbDesign to the latest release available.


Gives you an overview of the version of hsbdesign.

Updated on 20/04/2021

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