Avontus Introduces Enhanced 3D Capabilities in Scaffold Designer 2020 Release: Shading Modes, Export to PDF, and a Host of Other New Features

Avontus recently announced major updates to its flagship Scaffold Designer software, giving its customers a clear path to success in 2020 and beyond. With this version release, the company further strengthens its leading position within the scaffolding software market.

Scaffold Designer 2020 reaches another design milestone with more advanced 3D capabilities, giving customers access to the hallmark features of high-end CAD software. This enables users to create detailed and professional 3D drawings in minutes rather than hours. 

Packed with various new shading modes in 3D view (Realistic, Flat, and Hidden Lines, for instance), Scaffold Designer can instantly render vector-sharp views of the 3D design from raster images. This feature makes it easier to visualize the scaffold model dynamically on different devices and screens for accurate scaffolding erection. 

Along with enhanced 3D design and imaging, Scaffold Designer gives customers an Export to 3D PDF function. Users can export the 3D model from Scaffold Designer and view and share the design using Acrobat PDF Reader; no third-party applications are required. Now, teams can share their scaffolding projects across multiple stakeholders with improved visualization capabilities.  

Sharing his vision for Scaffold Designer 2020, Brian Webb, Avontus Founder and CEO said: “Our goal is to provide customers with an immersive 3D environment with four different methods to view scaffold designs: 3D PDF, Interactive 3D, Augmented Reality, and Virtual Reality. Having cutting-edge technologies that are comparable with premium CAD software, Scaffold Designer 2020 gives everyone a powerful way to communicate complex designs, enhance their bid strategy, and bring scaffold design to life and visualize success.” 

In addition to these enhancements, Scaffold Designer 2020 includes multiple design improvements. A new tool for Dome shapes makes it easy to design geodesic domes like tanks and vessels. It also supports vertical domes and horizontal caps at any angle, helping designers fulfill architectural demands when working with irregular structures.    

Another addition to the Drawing tool is a U-head jack element for scaffold legs, which is adjustable in Bay View. It's a small update yet carries a great impact. The detailed drawings of the U-head jacks convey the support components required for scaffolding safety.  

Offering a comprehensive building shapes stencil, Scaffold Designer 2020 enables quick and precise planning for any scaffold project. It gives users the freedom to innovate while still meeting the requirements of unique structures. 

Designers will enjoy a faster, more intuitive user interface. Scaffold Designer 2020 features enhanced user interface elements, new vector icons, streamlined ribbon navigation, and more.  

Another significant update is the new Training Video Player, featuring over 20 short tutorials (with more to come). These training videos are topic-focused and derived from real support cases. They offer quick guides that are searchable, easy to digest, and accessible using a side-by-side viewing mode that enables real-time interaction with the software at the same time. This feature update aims to maximize users' time and allow them to get up to speed with Scaffold Designer at their own pace. 

“It's easier than ever to create professional models in Scaffold Designer 2020,” explained Andrew Smith, Avontus VP of Operations. “Users can access and bookmark in-app tutorial videos and resume where they left off at any time. This helps them get around different parts of the software quickly, reduces the learning curves, and enables them to create amazing designs in next to no time.” 

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About Avontus

Founded in 2003, Avontus Software specializes in software for scaffolding, formwork, and industrial services companies. Headquartered in Berkeley, California, Avontus has offices in three continents to support the 4,000 end-users who rely on our software every day. Our software is trusted by leaders everywhere--including 80% of the US refining capacity and the majority of the Top 10 industrial scaffolding companies--to transform old ways of working, take control of their projects and profitability, and reach new heights.