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CYPE 3D

Link to the project owner's public profile on BIMserver.center

Now, from the BIMserver.center project information window (displayed by clicking on the project name visible in the top right bar of the application), the owner's public profile page can be accessed on the BIMserver.center platform via the link inserted in the text representing the owner's name.

Installation in Romanian

As of version 2025.a, CYPE 3D can also be installed in Romanian. This application can now be installed in the following languages:

  • Bulgarian
  • Catalan
  • English
  • French
  • Italian
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Romanian
  • Russian
  • Spanish

Selecting intumescent paints by manufacturer

In version 2025.a, intumescent paints from manufacturers' catalogues have been incorporated.

Under "General data > Fire resistance", when selecting "Check fire resistance" for steel sections, the type of protective coating can also be selected.

By selecting "Intumescent paint" the available catalogues can be used.

The thickness of intumescent paint required for the protection of each bar is obtained from the selected catalogue, based on the estimated critical temperature, the form factor, the number of exposed faces and the type of structural element (column or beam).

From the "Bar" menu, under "Fire resistance" it is possible to assign the type of structural element, either a column or a beam, to each bar. By default, the program assigns the first option, which automatically determines whether it is a column or a beam, depending on the angle formed by the bar with the horizontal plane.

Selecting faces exposed to fire in steel sections and timber bars

In CYPE 3D version 2025.a, we have implemented the selection, by bar, of the faces exposed to fire, in steel sections and timber bars.

In the "Bar" menu, the "Fire resistance" option can be used to assign the exposed faces to the selected bars. This option will be active when users have selected the "Check fire resistance" option in "General data".

For steel sections, users can choose any of the predefined options from the drop-down button, in which the program automatically determines the form factor based on the exposed faces; or select the last option, where they manually enter the form factor and the number of exposed faces.

For rectangular section timber bars, users may decide whether or not each of the four faces of the section is exposed to fire.

Up until version 2025.a, the program would conservatively consider all exposed faces.

With this new feature, users will be able to optimise the thickness of the protective coatings as well as the sections of the bars when the faces of the bars are not exposed to fire.

New groups and applications. Installing and uninstalling

In version 2025.a, CYPE Menu (which can now be downloaded exclusively from the BIMserver.center platform) has new program groups.

  • Architecture
  • Structures
  • MEP (Mechanical and Plumbing)
  • MEP (Electrical)
  • Energy and acoustic simulations
  • Project management
  • Project documents
  • Interoperability

Most of the CYPE applications are sorted into these groups. In previous versions, most of these applications could only be downloaded as single applications from the BIMserver.center platform.

By downloading and installing CYPE Menu, users will only have the CYPE programs menu installed, but none of the applications included in it will be downloaded or installed. Initially, each of the icons representing the CYPE Menu applications appears in a box with a grey background. When clicking on any of them for the first time (or on the button under the application's name), a contextual menu will appear allowing users to download and install the latest version of that application or an earlier version if available. Earlier versions (from 2024 onwards) will be available for those programs that include paid modules. Normally, free applications will only allow the latest version of these programs to be installed. Any installed version of any application can be uninstalled.

When an application has been installed, by clicking on the button under its name, the context menu that appears includes the "Uninstall" option.

More information on this program menu can be found in the FAQ "How to download and install programs from CYPE’s general menu".

The CYPE Menu download of versions before 2025 (with the applications included) is still available in the download area of the CYPE website.

CYPE Menu. Exclusive download from the BIMserver.center platform

As of version 2025.a, the CYPE program menu can only be downloaded from the BIMserver.center platform.

The CYPE Menu application was already available from version 2024.b on the BIMserver.center platform. Now, in version 2025.a, the advantages of CYPE Menu compared to previous versions, which were downloaded from the download area of the CYPE website, are as follows:

  • As of version 2024.b
    • Once CYPE Menu has been installed, the applications it contains will be installed from this new menu when they are opened for the first time.

  • As of version 2024.f
    • CYPE Menu allows users to manage the updates of the applications it contains.

  • As of version 2025.a
    • New program groups and many CYPE applications that could only be downloaded directly from BIMserver.center are included.
    • The version of each application to be installed can be selected (from version 2024 onwards).
    • Previously installed applications can be uninstalled.

Further information on the new features can be found in the following new features of CYPE Menu version 2025.a.

In the download area of the CYPE website, the download of the program menu for versions prior to 2025.a (in 64 and 32 bit) will still be available. In this download area, there is also a link to the BIMserver.center platform "Store" for downloading the 2025.a version of "CYPE Menu".

As a result of these changes, the 32-bit version of the CYPE Menu is no longer available in version 2025.a. As of 18 February 2019 (version 2019.f), the CYPE programs have been running on 64-bit systems. Since then, only the classic CYPE menu could be installed on 32-bit systems. All other applications (downloadable from the BIMserver.center platform) only worked on 64-bit systems. We believe that 32-bit programming is no longer feasible to take advantage of the superior performance of 64-bit processors and operating systems. Users who still want to use certain 32-bit CYPE programs (those available in the "CYPE Menu" prior to version 2025.a) must install a version prior to 2025.a from the download area of the CYPE website, but will not be able to upgrade their programs to later versions. Please refer to our FAQ question "Which version should I download, 64-bit or 32-bit?" for more information on the 32-bit and 64-bit versions.

Implementation. NTP RK 08-01.1-2017 (Kazakhstan)

Normative and Technical Document of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Design of structures for earthquake resistance. Part 1: General rules, seismic actions and rules for buildings.

Implemented in CYPECAD and CYPE 3D.

Buckling analysis groups

As of version 2024.f of CYPE 3D, users can define buckling analysis groups to independently analyse the buckling behaviour of different sets of elements in the structure.

Groups are defined using the "Analysis groups" option in the "Buckling analysis" menu and are based on the layers defined and assigned to the different elements of the structure using the "Assign elements to layers" option in the "Tools" menu. You can consult this version's new feature, Layer management, which describes the improvements implemented in assigning layers to elements since they allow the use of layers as a previous step to define buckling analysis groups.

In the buckling analysis of each of the groups, all the elements marked with the "Consider in buckling analysis" option (Bar menu > "Buckling" option) and which also have one of the layers selected in the definition of the group assigned to them will be considered.

The consideration of groups for the analysis is optional. If no group is entered, the program will perform a single analysis considering all the bars and plates marked with the "Consider in buckling analysis" option. If a bar belongs to more than one group and an automatic assignment of its buckling coefficient in the xy, xz or both planes is carried out, it will be assigned the highest of all the coefficients analysed in the buckling analyses of the groups to which it belongs.

The buckling analysis results are displayed for the selected analysis group.

Layer management

Up until version 2024.f each element, panel or shell could be assigned to a single layer. As of version 2024.f each element can belong to several layers.

The tools for assigning parts, panels and shells to layers are unified in "Assign elements to layers". This tool allows you to select the type of operation and the display layers. The available operations are the following:

  • Assign
    Adds the selected layers to the elements.

  • Replace
    Replaces the previously assigned layers with the newly selected layers.

  • Delete
    Deletes the selected layer from the previous assignment of each layer.

In layer management, the "Only draw the elements that intervene in the buckling analysis" option is included.

Plastic hinges (new module)

As of version 2024.f, CYPE 3D has a new module that allows plastic hinges to be inserted in bars.

Considering plastic hinges in the design of a structure requires a non-linear analysis using the OpenSees analysis engine. Therefore, users must have permission to use this analysis engine in their license, together with the "Plastic hinges" module.

Using the new "Plastic hinges" option in the "Bar" menu, the relative position of the plastic hinges and their properties can be defined, as well as the rotational degrees of freedom in which they act.

The data required to define the behaviour of a plastic hinge at a given rotational degree of freedom are the plastic moment and the slope in the plastic section. The degrees of freedom are expressed in the local axes of the bar.

The properties of the hinge can be selected from those previously defined in the "Plastic hinge library" in the "Project" menu or entered directly in the plastic hinge definition panel.

The program can automatically analyse the value of the plastic moment for steel sections with a defined plastic modulus. In all other cases, this value can be defined manually.

In the forces view, the plastic hinges that have reached the plastic moment in the selected combination are highlighted by an increase in size and a colour change.

Plastic hinges (new CYPE 3D module)

As of version 2024.f, plastic hinges can now be inserted into bars.

Using the new "Plastic hinges" option in the "Bar" menu, the relative position of the plastic hinges and their properties can be defined, as well as the rotational degrees of freedom in which they act.

Considering plastic hinges in the design of a structure requires a non-linear analysis using the OpenSees analysis engine. Therefore, users must have permission to use this analysis engine in their license, together with the "Plastic hinges" module.

More information on this CYPE 3D module can be found in the "Plastic hinges (new module)" new feature.

Improved CYPE 3D communication with StruBIM Steel and CYPE Connect

Up to version 2024.e, the import of CYPE 3D structures into StruBIM Steel or CYPE Connect was carried out from an IFC generated by CYPE 3D.

With this improvement in version 2024.f, this communication will be carried out by exporting and importing an exchange file in JSON format, which will allow more efficient communication and accurately reflect the specific features of a CYPE 3D structure.