Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Changing material properties of Revit Family created thru imported 3DS model

Sometimes, we may create a new family by importing 3DS Max file into Revit. But how do we change the material property of the created family?

Eventhough we cannot access the material property through the properties dialog of Revit, we can access the material setting of the imported object through Object Styles setting.

Go to "Settings", "Object Styles", then the "Imported Objects" tab. Here we will tell Revit to assign materials to those AutoCAD layers we created earlier. To do this, simply select the layer name under the "category" heading, then select the adjacent material under the "material" tab. Now you should be in the material editor and the final straight.

Autodesk Revit to 3ds max - Part 2

This is the second part to the video by Roger Cusson on linking Revit Model into 3DS Max.

Autodesk Revit model to 3ds max - Part 1

Someone was asking me the other day on the methodology to import Revit model into 3DS Max. I chanced upon the following video by Roger Cusson on Youtube. It explains how to link Revit model into 3DS Max in a well presented, clear and concise manner. Enjoy!

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Chinese New Year

What am I doing here in Kuala Lumpur at this hour, I wonder? The exodus has begun and almost whole of KL city is empty now. Anyway, I will be leaving for my hometown - Garden of the Orient - Penang by tomorrow - hopefully.

Have a Happy, Glorious and Prosperous Chinese New Year, everybody!!

2 Way Swing Door

I was doing a layout for a hotel that needs 2 way swing door. I was trying to look at existing library but cannot find one. To make things easier, I decided to use an existing door and change it to make it into a 2 way swing door.

So, attached here is the custom made 2 way swing door. It is parametric. Enjoy!

Monday, February 4, 2008

Great Grids

The other day one of my customer was asking me this question:

Why I cannot see my Grid-Line on Level 2 Floor Plan when I have drawn it on Level 0?

The answer to this is that the Grid_Line in elevation is not extended above the Level 2 level line. The Grid Line in Revit is intelligent that as long as you draw it on floor plan, you will see it on elevation. No duplication of effort! However, it also allows you the flexibility of choosing to display
the Grid Line on the higher level should you choose not to.

So, as long as Grid Line is drag above Level 2 Level line, the Grid Line will be displayed in Level 2 floor plan.

My customer then ask me another question:

What if I need the Grid Line to appear staggered on elevation, yet I want the Grid Line to appear in floor plan?

To achieve that, you may make use of the 3D extent and 2D extent property of the Grid Line.

First, pick on the Grid Line which you want to drag downward in elevation.

Repeat the same procedure for Grid 3 and 4. Voila! You get the staggered Grid Line on elevation yet all Grid lines appear on floor plan.

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