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Revit Exploded Views - Displacement Sets

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.

exploded views revit displacement set element tool

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)

exploded views revit displacement set element tool window

If you ‘Tab’ on a ‘hosted’ element, (Doors, Windows, etc) you can displace those as well.

exploded views revit displacement set element tool window exploded

In the example above, the wall has been displaced from the building, and then the window from the wall.

exploded views revit displacement set element tool window path

Selecting a displaced element, provides the option to add a ‘Path’.

exploded views revit displacement set element tool override

Optionally, its graphics can be overridden to something more interesting by selecting the path, select the right mouse button option to ‘Override graphics’.

exploded views revit displacement set element jogged

If the displaced element has been moved in several axis, the path ‘Jogged’ option will display accordingly.

exploded views revit displacement set element layers

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.

exploded views revit displacement set element nested

And nested families can be displaced (so long as the nested family has been ‘Shared’).

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