Create Fill Patterns: Make a Model Pattern to Drafting pattern

Revit has Two types of Fill Patterns: Drafting & Model. Like AutoCAD, Revit too has same method of Definition to create Patterns, hence the Revit Fill Patterns can be found in Program files/Autodesk/ Revit Architecture 2014/ Data.. which has both Metric & Imperial Revit.Pat files.

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If we want a Model Pattern to be available as Drafting Pattern, typically in some cases like CutPattern does not allow model patterns, its disabled as shown below: Then follow this procedure to create a new Drafting Pattern that has the same fill pattern as the Model one.Revit Model Fill Pattern


In this Example I will take Brick Pattern available in Model but not as Drafting.

1. Open the Revit.Pat file or Revit Metric.Pat file based on the units you are working.

2. Search for the Pattern name Brick, Copy the Definition completely & paste to a new notepad fileRevit Model Fill Pattern-21



4. Save the file as giving the same name as that of the pattern here.. Brick.Pat under types of file set as All FilesRevit Model Fill Pattern-31


5. Now open Revit … Manage… Additional Settings….Fill pattern…Select Drafting pattern….New…..choose custom…import….select the Brick.Pat file….set the import scale till you see a preview correctly…once imported this cannot be changed, you can only re import & change.

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6. This will henceforth be a drafting pattern that can be selected as cutpattern in material Library.

Note: Type=Model or Drafting in the definition defines the type of Pattern.




Doors & Windows to attach to Curtain Walls?

Do you want to attach the Door family to the normal Curtain Walls ? Well under normal circumstances in does not allow… so here’s another method to get our result:

1. Adjust the spacing of the Curtain panel to accommodate the Opening size by adding or removing the Grids & Mullions.

2. Create a Basic Wall type of the Thickness & Material of Glass

.Eg Type name :Wall Glass

3. Select the Curtain Panel where you want the door to be inserted.

4. Replace the Panel with the above created Wall type (Wall Glass)

5.  Now we can insert the Doors from the Door Family Category to the Curtain Wall!!

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Export Revit to max with CAD format

One of the easiest way to have a good control over the Revit elements in Max to render is the simple Export to CAD Formats ….DWG option.You will find this option better than the FBX option if you are a VRay rendering. FBX is made for the mental ray renderer hence the materials that support this format does’t support Vray.

NOTE: While exporting to DWG format:

1. Be in 3D view

2. In Export setup, choose Solids & ACIS solids to have a better control of the model in the Max file.This will export the Revit elements  By Category as single solilds, Eg Window frames in one layer, Window Glass in another layer etc.export


3. You can also Link Revit & Max model using File link Manager in Max. This updates any changes in Revit which has to be exported again as dwg of same filename.

Folded Roofs in Revit – Part 1


roofs-1Creating sloped roofs in Revit has been one of the WOW features I always loved. In this series lets learn how to create a Folded roof Octagonal in shape, as shown in one the roofs above

1. Start by selecting Roof– By Footprint– This gets you to sketch modeRevit folded roof-1

2. Use the polygon option & set the sides to 8 & check off the define slopes option.Draw the octagon of required size.

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3. Zoom in to one of the corner of the octagon & create a offset as shown & assign define slope to the two offset lines(select the lines—check on the define slope option).Repeat this to all the other corners & finish the roof.(click on the check sign under Mode panel)

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  • Use trim to trim off extra lines
  • The offset lines should be as small as possible in length.

Watch the finished roof take shape like this

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Wrongly saved Revit Project file(.rvt) as Template file(.rte)….How to correct it?

Here’s  a situation that happened unknowingly to a new user: The user is working on a large scale Revit project, excited on the first Revit work...did a lot of work.. time to send the file to the client…Sent!! Back comes the client  reply PLEASE SEND .RVT FILE NOT TEMPLATE FILE.

Only then the user realized he had sent a ‘ .rte’ file. Tried save as…no options to save as .rvt! Lot of modeling work is already done on the .rte file…How to save the work as Project file(.rvt)?What went wrong?

Eg. Filename of project worked on Project XXX.rte

1. First , save & close the file.

2. Start a new project by clicking on Application menu –new–Project—now select from Create new *Project—browse the folder & select the worked file  Project XXX.rte

3. Once the file is open, save the file..Your .. Project XXX.rte file is now  Project XXX.rvt check in explorer the file extension to confirm.

What had gone wrong??

When starting a new Project , you accidentally clicked create –new Project template instead of new Project which is why it continued to save as .rte.

This option is used to create custom template files so that it is easier & faster to work with preloaded families, styles of texts, dimensions, sheets etc.

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Use Sketchup Components in Revit

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If you want to bring the sketchup models or components into Revit , Do not directly import the component into the Project file instead bring it in as a family file. So import it in the family template eg of Entourage.rft template if you want the component of people from skp to Revit.

Go to create a new Family of here a Entourage, Insert Tab—Import CAD—Choose files of type .skp from the list & choose your component of sketchup.

Save the file & Load into Project & use instances of the family. This will reduce the file size rather than importing it directly & copying manu times in the project file.



Revit 2014 New Feature: Divide Parts: Create Curved Edge Roof Fascia !Learn Revit by Snapshots-08

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Roof fascia can now be edited to have the curved edge as shown above using the Divide Parts option that allows the Parts to be divided with a profile or sketch. Follow this Tutorial Learn Revit by Snapshots-09.

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1.Select Roof Fascia Command from Roof drop down menu

2. Create a new type of Fascia by Duplicating in the Edit Type Properties & changing the Profile family to required one(Previously created and loaded into the Project)

3. Place the Fascia along the Roof Edges

4. Change the Material of the Fascia in the Edit Type Properies.


5. Select the Roof Fascia & click Create parts in the RibbonRevit-Curved RoofFacia-5

6. Select Divide Parts
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7. Select Edit Sketch option, Set the Workplane –choose pick a plane & pick one face of the Fascia (select Show workplane to check if the plane is correctly selected)

8. Orient the View Cube to the parallel elevation where the sketch can be drawn on the face of the Fascia.

9. Draw the cutting profile as a closed loop so that the fascia can get cut to the curved shape

10. Finish the edit mode, finish the divide parts mode.

11. Select the divided part & choose Exclude part from the Ribbon to see it removed resulting in the curved egde of the Fascia as shown below. Repeat the same on the other sides.


TIP: You can also Use the Beam Command & place the Beam of Fasica’s size along the edges of the Roof & Use Opening by Face to edit the shape





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Revit 2014 New Features: Alternate Units[Learn by Snapshots Lesson:07]

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1. Select the Dimension for Alternate dimensioning, click the Edit Type in the Properties


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2. Under Alternate Units:Choose the position for placement of the Alternate Units

Units Format: Choose the unit required for Alternate units( check off Project units to choose other units)

Units Prefix & Suffix : Can choose brackets to display the Alternate dimension Or choose appropriate unit text like m, cm etc.