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SDS2 2022

Better fabrication starts with SDS2

SDS2 is the ultimate solution in steel detailing, providing the world's only all-in-one structural and connection design software. Our 2022 release is packed with even more intelligence and automation to help you meet the rising demands of integrated BIM workflows and data-driven production. With advanced connection design and reporting, enhanced modeling, and an elevated user experience, SDS2 is your foundation for better fabrication from design to delivery.


Automated connection design

Fully validated connections are designed as you model with 360 degree, real-world intelligence.

Live multiuser modeling

Work together, wherever you are with no data conflicts and live, in-model feedback.

Automatic Piece Marking

Get automatic piece marks as you model, modify, and detail your designs. 

BIM Integrations

From design collaboration to production management, SDS2 integrates with the industry's top suppliers.

TOP NEW FEATURES IN SDS2 2022

CONNECTION CUBES

Now in addition to the short and expanded design calculations for individual members, users will be able to run reports for the entire structural node. These reports come with 2D and 3D visualizations tailored to the needs of connection engineers for superior communication and review processes. 

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ENHANCED CONNECTION DESIGN

SDS2 2022 adds new features and connections to our world-leading intelligent connection design. The greatest change you will notice is the implementation of unity ratios to align with engineering practices. This will make it easier for users to visualize load capacities and will simplify the presentation of calculations.  

 

In addition, we've added new connections or settings for: 

  • Flush framed clip angle connections for joists 
  • Optional web extension plates for end plate connections 
  • Minimum shoulder width setting for gusset plate connections

 


HANDRAIL MODELING AND DETAILING

New features and improvements to handrail make it easier to finetune picket spacing and control internal and external vent placement and diameter. Plus, you’ll be able to add corner posts with corresponding connections and set section sizes for round bar. Along with these modeling enhancements, we’ve also streamlined the corresponding 2D detailing templates.  

 

 

Handrail modeling enhanced in SDS2 2022

 


SDS2 2022 allows you to save material fit operations for better modeling and CNC integration

SAVING MATERIAL FIT OPERATIONS

Now in SDS2 you will be able to save material fit operations for fit exact, fit notch, and fit cope, making it easier and faster to modify custom materials. On a plate with a pipe fitting, for example, you can change the plate thickness or adjust the fit clearance without regenerating the material or losing any previous operations. Not only will this save you modeling time, it will also provide more accurate results for CNC exports. 

 


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NEW ONLINE HELP

Access our complete help manual online, along with other great resources like a searchable video library.  

EXPERIENCE ENHANCEMENTS

Streamline your workflows with customizable and adaptive user experience enhancements, including a new dark mode interface.  

CLOUD-BASED LICENSING

Get immediate license delivery, easily switch between online and offline use, and track analytics across your organization. 

SUPPORT BEYOND THE SOFTWARE

Connect with local SDS2 experts by phone, email, or chat and get help from a real person.

Learn anywhere, anytime with free online training courses and certification. 

Power up your projects with integrations and tools for better design, fabrication management, and CNC production.

Get in-depth tutorials on the latest features and tools in SDS2. 

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Discover why leading detailers and fabricators are choosing SDS2's advanced automation and connection intelligence to drive their success.