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Simon Locke

Text Enhancements in Autodesk Revit 2017

Text Enhancements in Autodesk Revit 2017
One of the updates to Revit in the 2017 release was some additional features in text editing. Text in Revit has always been a relatively simple affair, probably due to it being used as a support function to tagging. However, the latest release has seen some nice additions to this command. These new features are available both when adding your text or editing it. Along with the usual Bold, Italic...
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James Parsons-Moore

How to create a “Clay Render” effect in Revit.

How to create a “Clay Render” effect in Revit.
I was sat with a customer last week and they asked: How can we make a Clay Render in Revit? Now, to be honest I’m more technically minded (Being an Architectural Technologist by trade) I wasn’t too sure what they meant. So I quickly researched and figured out what it was. After some though and a play round with Revit, I came up with the following technique... It may not be perfect, you have t...
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Justin Taylor

When is a Hole not a Hole? Rendering with Cutouts and Transparency Maps

When is a Hole not a Hole? Rendering with Cutouts and Transparency Maps
If you have ever needed to render a scene in either Revit or 3DS Max which has objects such as sun-shades, chain-link fencing, perforated screens etc. then this is the blog for you. What you don’t want to be doing it actually modelling the object in 3D. First, this is extremely time consuming and, unless you are running a machine of monstrously high specifications (we’re talking military defence p...
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James Wood

Autodesk Revit to 3ds Max – External Visualisations

Autodesk Revit to 3ds Max – External Visualisations
Graitec Professional Services offer high end external visuals to suite all your design concept needs. We model in Revit or 3ds Max or take the clients existing Revit model, then using Autodesk Suite workflows create wonderful rich designs that bring the model to life. The technique mastered utilises the Revit link. If there is a design change to the original Revit model we can update the model in ...
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James Parsons-Moore

Revit Stairs – Building Regulations 42° Check!

Revit Stairs – Building Regulations 42° Check!
Part K of the Building regulations states that “The maximum pitch for a private stair is 42°”. Revit stairs have several checking tools to help make your stairs comply to whatever standards you’re designing to. But there isn’t anywhere that can quickly show you the pitch/slope of the stairs. Here I will show you how to create a schedule to show you how to do this! To start with we have to go bac...
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Justin Taylor

Autodesk Revit Tip - The Devil is in the Detail-ed Group

Autodesk Revit Tip - The Devil is in the Detail-ed Group
Groups in Revit are a convenient way to place common elements multiple times in a project or family e.g. hotel rooms, apartments or repeating floors. With each instance of a group that you place, there is associativity among them. For example, you create a group with a bed, walls, and window and then place multiple instances of the group in your project. If you modify a wall in one group, it chang...
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Simon Dickinson

Cutting Structural Members with Reference Plains in Autodesk Revit

Cutting Structural Members with Reference Plains in Autodesk Revit
So you are working in Revit and placing structural beams and columns, the problem is you need the end of the beam cutting at an angle, but there is no option for this in the properties. I’ve seen people try to fix this by creating model in=place element to either replace or try and cut with voids. The solution is a lot easier than you think. Reference plans can be used to cut the members. I’ll tal...
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Simon Dickinson

Revit Tip: Close Hidden Windows

Revit Tip: Close Hidden Windows
I was at a customer’s the other day and we were placing some quite large complex families, these were nested families containing all the components needed to put them together. We noticed it was taking a very long time to place them and in far it was an unacceptable amount of time. At first we believed this was down to how complex the families were. After a little thinking I had an idea and typed...
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James Parsons-Moore

How to Import AutoCAD Hatch Patterns in to Revit

How to Import AutoCAD Hatch Patterns in to Revit
OK... So 2 common conversations I have with my customers. 1. James... I don’t like the Revit Hatch Patterns. They’re too basic for my needs.2. James... I’m really struggling to get my AutoCAD Hatch Patterns into Revit. Both of these of course, are followed by “Please Help”?!?Of course I’ll help! So here we go. Most of you will have probably seen this in Revit and maybe even tried to use it... A li...
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Pat Mullins

The Revit Workaround

The Revit Workaround
Revit is brilliant in so many ways. It has some remarkable features, with each release it becomes more and more productive. But of course, like any software, there may not always be a tool for every requirement. So, sometimes we need the famous Revit ‘Workaround’. The solution that requires some lateral thinking. The way of finding a solution with the tools at hand. This often requires some invest...
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