Structural Shapes


This Version NOT available for AutoCAD LT



Easily add Steel Shapes to Building and Wall Sections.

Steel Shapes is a dialog based App that gives Architects, Engineers, Contractors, and others who need the ability to add structural steel shapes in their drawings for wall sections, building sections, elevations or details. For retrofits in older existing building applications, the AISC Historic database is included.

With Structural Shapes module, you can replace 1,000′s of blocks!

Considering that this App creates steel shapes in plan, section, elevation, single line and 3D solids — that you need to complete your plans, elevations, wall sections, building sections and details. All in one convenient dialog interface. No more searching through pull-down menus. No more looking through toolbars for the right detail.

Other Steel Detailing Modules:

Here is a link for the Steel2K App User Guide

  • Auto Insert on Grid (click + to open for more info and videos)

    Auto Column Grid Placement

    The Grid toggle allows the user to select a steel shape to be placed at the intersection of several grid lines.

  • Features

    With Structural Shapes, you can:

    • Create shapes in plan, section, elevation or single line plan and section as required.
    • Create simple or complex shapes made from a single non-segmented polyline.
    • Shapes are created as an AutoCAD block to keep file size minimized.
    • Ability to cope ends of W-Shapes in elevation view.
    • List shape properties from drawing after shape placement or within dialog box.
    • All shapes are created parametrically from external data files.
    • Shapes are attached to cursor based on insertion point selected and rotated after placement.
    • Automatic shape notation by selecting inserted shape.
    • User defined dimensions for shapes placed in details that accent features to small when plotted.
    • Shapes can be drawn with the fillets or without them for floor plans.
    • A widget feature allows you to draw a portion of the shape in a single line for easier detailing.
    • A grid option allows the user to select a steel shape to be placed at the intersection of grid lines.

    And more!

    You have to have the right tools to work with to do your job efficiently and effectively. As a drafting professional, I know how important it is to have the right tools at your fingertips. All SoftDraft applications are based on real world experience.

    The quicker you get your plans done, the quicker the builder or contractor can get approval and start building. Having just one or two of these applications can drastically cut the time you’re spending on drafting – which means that the entire building process is made more efficient.

  • Placement Options

    Multiple Insertion Points Include:

    Simple select the specific insertion point required for the steel shape placement, from the pull-down list, and the steel shape is attached to your cursor at that location for placement in your detail.

    • Center
    • Top Left
    • Top Center
    • Top Right
    • Bottom Left
    • Bottom Center
    • Bottom Right
  • Screen Shots

    Steel2K Dialog Section View

    Steel2K Shapes Section

    Steel2K Dialog Plan View

    Steel2K Shapes Plan

    Steel2K Dialog Elevation View

    Steel2K Shapes Elevation View

    Steel2K Dialog 3D View

    Steel2K Shapes Elevation

  • Shape Libraries

    Shapes Libraries include:

    • LRFDV15 AISC (included in LRFD14 database)
    • LRFDV14 AISC
    • LRFDV13 AISC
    • LRFD3 AISC
    • LRFD2 AISC
    • LRFD1 AISC
    • ASD9 AISC
    • ASD8 AISC
    • ASD7 AISC
    • ASD6 AISC
    • ASD5 AISC
    • CISC
    • Installation (click to open for more info)


      Download the file from the link provided in the sales receipt and save the file to your computer hard disk.  After downloading locate the file and execute it to install the program. Restart AutoCAD for the plug-in to autoload and become active. An icon will appear in the “Add-Ins” or “Plug-Ins” tab of the Ribbon Panel for this App.


      The installer that ran when you downloaded this plug-in has already installed the plug-in. You may need to restart the Autodesk product to activate the plug-in. To uninstall this plug-in, click Control Panel > Programs > Programs and Features (Windows) or Control Panel > Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP), and uninstall as you would any other application from your system.

    • Software Activation

      Software Activation

      You have 15-days to activate the software. When running in non-activated mode a dialog will only appear once the first time the program is executed in a new or existing drawing which indicates the number of Days Remaining before the program stops and an option to Activate. Until you are ready to activate the software, you can run the software in the Non-Activated mode before it expires by clicking on the “Continue without Activation” button.

      To activate the software, when you open a new or existing drawing and a dialog appears prompting you to press “OK” button to Activate Now. This takes you to the SoftDraft Activation dialog showing your License Code and an edit box for you to enter the License Key. To receive your License Key, click in the License Code edit box, then copy the License Code. To avoid mistakes, we suggest that you copy it from this dialog and paste it in an email, instead of entering it with the keyboard, then send it to

      Please include the name the app was purchased under and company name. After we receive the email we will send the License Key back, usually within 24 hours, for you to enter into the dialog. Copy the License Key from the email into the License Key edit box area of the Activation dialog, then click “OK” to close the dialog. An alert will show the License Key was or accepted or an incorrect Key was entered. If you receive the “Incorrect License Key” alert, please notify tech support in an email to support @

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