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How to export from CYPECAD and CYPE 3D to CYPE Connect

From version 2021.f, the structural analysis software CYPECAD and CYPE 3D is able to export the information regarding the forces analysed at the ends of steel elements (integrated 3D structures’ beams, columns and bars) so they can be used in the connection design for CYPE Connect and StruBIM Steel.

The process for exporting information from CYPECAD or CYPE 3D and importing it into CYPE Connect is as follows:

Signing up to BIMserver.center and installing CYPE Connect

The first step, if you have not already done so, is signing up and creating an account at BIMserver.center. This web platform, developed by CYPE, allows information to be exchanged between programs. Signing up is free and only requires an email address and password.

Then, download and install CYPE Connect from BIMserver.center Store. It can be accessed directly by clicking here.

The CYPE Connect installation process allows the BIMserver.center Sync synchroniser to be installed simultaneously. This is a desktop application that ensures the files of projects developed in BIMserver.center are up-to-date. For your convenience, this program can also be downloaded separately from BIMserver.center.

Once installed, BIMserver.center Sync can be accessed from the bottom right of the general Windows interface. As of version 2022.e and 1.10.0 of BIMserver.center Sync, when logging into the BIMserver.center account within the CYPE application linked to the platform, users are automatically identified within BIMserver.center Sync. For previous versions, users must log into the synchroniser with their email address and password for their BIMserver.center account by clicking on "Add BIMserver.center account".

Exporting from CYPECAD to BIMserver.center

Then, run either CYPECAD or CYPE 3D. Again, users must log in to the BIMserver.center account, this can be done in two different ways:

1. When creating a new project, the "Project selection" window is displayed, where users can log in with their "E-mail" and "Password".

2. In a project, click on the "Connect" button at the top right of the toolbar and type in the "E-mail" and "Password" in the pop-up window.

From the BIMserver.center menu, use the “Link” option. In CYPECAD, this menu is located at the top right-hand side:

In CYPE 3D, the BIMserver.center menu is located at the top:

Next, click on “Project selection”. You can select a previously created BIMserver.center project or use “Create new project” to do so at this point:

In the window for exporting the file in IFC format, check the “Export forces to design connections” option:

Importing into CYPE Connect

Run CYPE Connect. A button with the BIMserver.center user name appears on the right-hand side of the title bar. If the user is logged out, click on "Connect" and enter the "E-mail" and "Password" in the pop-up window.

Open a “New” project in CYPE Connect. In the “Import of BIM models” assistant, select the previously created BIMserver.center project.

After clicking “Accept”, press “Next”. Select the file to be imported from the desired application and click on “Finish”.

After the importation process, the nodes will appear on the left-hand side of the CYPE Connect interface.

The forces analysed in CYPECAD or CYPE 3D will be available when the modelling and design of the connections are carried out:

From this point on, users can use the rest of the CYPE Connect features to complete the connection design.

More information

The aforementioned process can be seen in the following videos.

Exporting from CYPECAD:

Importing into CYPE Connect: