Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Wall Sweep Visibility Control

When you have Wall Sweeps in your model, by default they can be a little problematic to hide in your views without having to resort to ‘Hide in View’ > ‘Element’. (Which is a very undesirable work practice, so don’t even think about it!)

The problem occurs because there is no Wall Sweep Category and Revit, by default doesn’t have a Wall Sweep subcategory under the walls.

Thursday, 9 August 2018

Dynamo - Accessing Legends via Core Nodes

This task originated from trying to determine which legends were actually in use on sheets in a Revit project file.

Listing all of the Legends in the model seemed like an easy enough task and while there are a couple of packages that have nodes to collect this information. I always see if it is possible to do this via the core nodes.

This process was more difficult than first thought below is the graph and attached is the Dynamo file. Hopefully you will find it useful.

You may notice that it brings up a few errors, but these can be ignored and it doesn't list Keynote Legends, as there are considered schedules by Revit.

Legends in Dynamo

Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Copy Box Toggle

When you are using a modification tool that has the ‘Copy’ box as an option, like Offset, Mirror or Rotate.

If you hold the ‘CTRL’ key down while executing the command it will toggle the ‘Copy’ tick box (On or Off depending on the modification tool).

This will save you having to move your mouse up there every time.

Monday, 23 July 2018

Divided Surfaces Alignment

In the conceptual modelling environment, if you have a trapezoidal face that isn’t a perfect square or rectangle, when you divide this flat surface the resulting grid will be applied at an assumed rotation, aligning itself to the angled edge. 9 times out of 10 this is not the result you were looking for.

It would be really nice if the grid was distorted so that it divided all of the edges equally resulting in a more uniform grid arrangement. Just like the image below.

How do we get to this result?

Well as it happens the conceptual environment seems to favour distorted, organic forms. So just pick the point at the top corner of the face and distort it ever so slightly.

In this instance I am adding .0001 to the dimension. Technically it isn’t perfectly flat anymore but dimensioning will round it to the correct value, and nobody will ever know. It is your little secret.

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Dynamo Class At Autodesk University

Sorry for the blatant spamming of the group, but I have a submission in for Autodesk University later this year and it is a voting system to get the talks accepted. If you wouldn’t mind could you upvote my session? Link is below……

Session Title: Dynamo Protocols for Success - Standardizing Dynamo Deployment

Just search using the Session Title in the Link below:

Either way, I will post up the presentation onto the blog, so that you can all benefit.

Thanks for your support.

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Hide Unreferenced Views

When you are preparing your views for documentation one thing that is inevitable is that you have plenty of unreferenced views visible. Visually they tend to clutter your views.

Monday, 23 April 2018

Purging Famalies

When you are creating Families, don’t forget that they can be purged too. This will help when they are loaded into your project.

This is especially relevant if you have imported any CAD files into the Family.

Clean models mean faster models…..