Friday, February 25, 2011

For Monday, February 28, 2011 - An iconic scene

The inspiration is part of a French racing simulator building.

Modelling some of this scene involves modifying stairs, railings, curved walls, wall reveals, levels, a floor, curtain wall as railing, making a perspective view, creating lighting fixture content, etc. It is a rather difficult scene to recreate, but I think we can handle it.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

For Monday, February 21, 2011 - Elevation Tricks

The inspiration is this New Jersey cottage:

It will require columns, roofs, radial arrays, dormer openings, windows, in-place families, etc. to start modelling the facade.

We can apply some techniques to make a nice elevation of it.

Here is the elevation, just plain:
Here it is with silhouette edges, linework, and shadows:

And with some extraneous categories turned off, combined with a background image on a sheet:

Please download -- it has the background image and an RVT of the cottage ready to do the elevation appearance refinement upon.

There are also some crazy tricks you can do using other software. This one is a mash-up of SketchUp (free version) and Revit:

Friday, February 11, 2011

For Monday, February 14, 2011 - Parametric Arrays + Revisions

Revit can use parametric arrays. We will model a chest of drawers with a parametric number of drawers. Here is the inspiration:
We will make it just one column of drawers to keep it simple.

It also uses an embedded family for the drawers.

We will also go over the revisions feature of Revit. Practice how to add and manage revisions in a project.
Please download , which contains files to help with the day's meeting.

Monday, February 7, 2011

For Monday, February 7, 2011 - Historical Tower

Let's do some historical architecture. It can really be a challenge in Revit. The inspiration is a tower at the Boott Cotton Mills Museum in Lowell.
We'll see how much of this we can accomplish in under two hours.

To model this, we will need in-place components, a line-based family for some of the trim, wall sweeps, roof fascia, profiles, tricks with railings, etc.

Please download this window family: . It came from , one of the many places to get Revit content.