In the past, businesses, including general fabricators, and commercial and residential HVAC duct shops, often had to rely on sheet-metal layout software that did not fully meet their needs. Technical support was frequently limited to online self-help. Quickly creating complex custom fitting layouts that help ensure perfect fit-up when installing parts in the field, was not easily possible. However, with Design2Fab, subscribers get access to one-on-one live support from knowledgeable professionals, in addition to online resources such as video tutorials. This resource contributes to increased productivity and lower operating costs.

The monthly price is $79.99 (US dollars) per user. For users outside the US, the actual price will depend on local exchange rates. Subscribers have the freedom to start a subscription, add or remove users when needed, and cancel at any time. Hypertherm is currently offering a free seven-day trial subscription for anyone interested in trying Design2Fab.

“Design2Fab provides an industry-proven solution for businesses who need to create flat pattern layouts for duct applications,” says Bob Tiedt, a Design2Fab sales manager. “The simplified job set-up allows even a beginner in the sheet-metal trade to immediately start making fittings with a complete range of templates. It gives businesses the flexibility to export patterns to DXF for automated cutting, export to HPGL for printing to a plotter, or lay out patterns manually using XY or triangulation points. In addition, for those looking to nest jobs, create reports and identification labels for ducts, Design2Fab is the only software offering integration to Hypertherm ProNest nesting software.”