Revit to Lumion

Rendering on Revit has been always challenging for many of my students as applying materials to objects in Revit is not as simple as the paint bucket tool of SketchUp. So I see many opting other methods of rendering or choosing to work on another platform altogether. One such popular platform for rendering and animation is Lumion , among the students especially as it’s easy to use, quick to render, large library of foliage and other components, handles large area with ease, adds realism easily.

The struggle of doing all that’s mentioned above in 3dsMax or Maya is saved when Lumion is used. All that camera paths, rendering frame by frame overnight, having to depend on 3rd party plugins for trees and people like RPC, made these applications fit for professionals only, but Lumion has won the hearts of millions with its ease of use and realistic scenes that makes the presentations appealing.

Revit to Lumion is the way to go for rendering without stress. The plugin to export to Lumion is available here. 

More on it next post

Revit Live – Autodesk Live Viewer

Revit Live 

Get Ready to feel the Revit files Live!

Revit Live is an automated data presentation in the cloud. It can take you through the model in a more realistic environment with ease.

Supports virtual reality environment

The much awaited feature of Animated objects!! Doors open! characters animate!

Make adjustments to lighting and Shadows

Stylize the renders for interesting presentations

Use Autodesk Live Viewer to visualize the interactive Revit Live designs on your ipads.

To learn more watch the videos here



Enscape: Realtime 3D walkthroughs with live integration in Autodesk® Revit®

Enscape™ is the world’s only VR and real-time rendering plugin for Revit.

Hassles of collaborating and exporting Revit files into other rendering tools and losing the updates and changes, long rendering hours can now be overcome using Enscape that lets you get the following advantages over rendering on Lumion or 3dsMax or cloud:

  • Real-time walkthrough 
  • Live link to RevitUnlike other renderers the changes in Revit are directly visible in Enscape
  • Direct integration – Keep your tools and use Enscape through the Revit toolbar
  • Standalone export – Create an .exe file from your project that runs without Revit
  • Effortless usage –  Rendering with one click
  • Virtual Reality (VR) – Oculus Rift support with one click

For more information on this tool click here

Free trial available. Nice rendering and walkthrough options making Revit files more lively and beautiful.

Enscape for Revit Live renders and walkthroughs

Cut Hole in Curved Wall Revit in curvedIt is lot more easier to put voids in Wall by face created by Mass forms which can be curved or inclined. Also to add glass in them is another challenge. The voids within the mass edit mode behave very unfriendly to the user. It does not allow multiple sketches to be selected together to extrude as voids, nor sketches with loop in a loop allowed to extrude. Also once voided, selecting the vanished void form by continuous tabbing and not getting enough options to further edit them easily makes the procedure tedious.

Hence its easier to do the Component..Model in Place and choose Wall category to do the voids and then add the curtain system by face and cut the system in shapes of voids created using another component model in place a void using a generic model category.

Watch this screencast to understand the procedure.




Autodesk A360 Cloud Service for Students

Autodesk A360 Cloud Service for Students:

One of the most common complaints students tell me is that Revit rendering is slow and their systems crash or do not support the file for good quality render.

The answer to this is Autodesk Cloud Rendering with A360. So students check out the details and make use of the privileges given to Students on Autodesk Student community website. Don’t miss the oppurtunity to make avail of the free softwares with 3 year licences & Unlimited Cloud service!!!

Check the this link for FAQ on Autodesk A360 Cloud Service for Students


Revit Workshop at SOA, MSRIT

Successfully completed the three day Workshop on ‘Design with Revit’ at School of Architecture, MSRIT on 6th, 7th & 8th of March 2015. Program was begun with keynote address from Ar Vinayak Shanbag. His impressive presentation on Revit highlighting the ‘small things’ of Revit that makes the big difference to a  Revit user in Architectural practice was well appreciated. It sparked the students enthusiasm to learn the product.

The 3 day program saw through rigorous sessions of tutorials, Presentation by SOA, MSRIT student Vivek Chandrakanth, showcasing his works on Revit, Sessions by Ar Bhavya R & me, Competition on Massing & site, Exercises etc.

A big thank you to all those who were involved in this workshop for cooperating with patience & interest.

Revit workshop

Revit Wall Wrapping: Role of Wall closure

The Wrapping of Finishes in walls is controlled in the Edit type properties of the wall. Most of users would have been familiar with this. But to get the control over the distance of wrapping as desired, we also require to know the ‘Wall Closure’ Property in the Window or Door family which is not very familiar to all the users.

Here’s a brief explanation that makes us understand how the reference planes in the Window family can control the wrapping properties of wall finishes.

1. Place a Wall with Exterior & Interior finish and place a Window component.

2. Check the Wall ..Edit Type properties.. Structure- Edit. There are options to control the wrapping at Inserts & Ends of walls

3. Select the Window family & Edit family. Select the reference plane called as closure. Check the properties of this reference plane.

4.These are the various wrapping options in the Wall Structure Edit properties that depend on the position of the reference plane called closure:

Revit Wall Wrapping: Role of Wall closure

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