Custom Beams

The plugin allows you to create three kinds of parametric beams: wooden beams with many ready-to-use profiles, wooden beams with custom profile and extruded beams by drawing their section.

A control point let you graphically choose the position where the beam will tilt and where it will have the specified elevation. You can create groups of beams with a click, and choose among 5 types of different coverings: simple panel, secondary beams, sliding cover (single or multiple) and custom profile.

You can purchase a new license in the store (previous licenses are not valid, this is a major update).

Learning resources:

v1.0 *Vectorworks 2010 or higher

  • first release as “Trave (Beam)”


  • use active class
  • now you can create extruded beams from 2D symbol


  • rotation can be defined by degrees or slope (gradient %)
  • duplicate option: now you can easily create group of beams

v1.3 *Vectorworks 2011 or higher

  • 7 new profiles + 1 simple (no) profile
  • “disable 2D” option (allow Auto-Hybrid function)
  • new “coverings” feature: simple panel, secondary beams and fabric

v1.4 *Vectorworks 2014-2017

  • bugfixes
  • new covering

v1.5 *Vectorworks 2019-2020

  • fixed compatibility with Vectorworks 2019-2020


  • new “vertical cut” option
  • new “mirror a copy” option

v2.0 *only for Vectorworks 2021

  • Custom Beams v2.0 requires Vectorworks 2021
  • new custom profile from symbol
  • new information fields for worksheet report (with user units)
  • bugfixes

v2.1 *only for Vectorworks 2021-2022

  • added compatibility with Vectorworks 2022