It’s a simple task to create exploded views with Revit. The Displace Elements tool provides a means of moving an element and displaying a ‘Path’ describing its original and extended location.
The process involves four simple steps:
- Create a 3D view, optionally a perspective.
- Select the elements to ‘displace’
- Select the ‘Displace Elements’ tool and move the elements in either the X,Y or Z axis.
- Add paths and any annotation required.
Let’s have a look in a bit more detail.
Select an element, which provides access to the ‘Displace Elements’ tool, once this tools is selected, a glyph appears, which enables the element to be moved (in either the X, Y or Z directions)
If you ‘Tab’ on a ‘hosted’ element, (Doors, Windows, etc) you can displace those as well.
In the example above, the wall has been displaced from the building, and then the window from the wall.
Selecting a displaced element, provides the option to add a ‘Path’.
Optionally, its graphics can be overridden to something more interesting by selecting the path, select the right mouse button option to ‘Override graphics’.
If the displaced element has been moved in several axis, the path ‘Jogged’ option will display accordingly.
Two curious variations apply to ‘displacement sets’, one is that it’s possible to displace ‘Parts’. (the wall above has been converted into a ‘Part’ and then each layer of the wall has then been displaced and paths added.
And nested families can be displaced (so long as the nested family has been ‘Shared’).