Revit Architecture

Reply
Valued Contributor
RaoulTittel
Posts: 87
Registered: ‎11-06-2008
Message 1 of 3 (191 Views)
Accepted Solution

Complex pipe structure & reference planes

191 Views, 2 Replies
10-22-2013 08:29 PM

Hi All,

 

Attached is an image of one of the many Complex pipe structures that I am working on for steel fabrication (family), you need to look at it first to get an idea of what I am trying to acheive.

 

I am creating these pipes using sweeps with reference lines at their centres, then I trace over them in 3D using pick path command when creating the extrusion. Is this a good way of doing it?

 

In trying to draw this particular element I have hit a problem. Drawing the curves that join the straights has become difficult as the straights don't align easily, and so I was wondering if there is a way of creating a reference plane by picking 3 points in 3d? This would be really, really useful!

 

The curve at the top left of the 'plan' joining the straights is difficult to draw as the straight on the left comes back at an angle and not perpendicular to say the rear vertical pipe work, which is drawn using another plane. I have managed to draw this so far by aligning it by eye, a dodgy way which is not really acceptable.

 

Found a way I think. A major part of the problem is that you cannot draw a reference plane in 3d! So after I have oriented to a plane perpendicular to the direction I want to draw, I then can draw an extrusion and then rotate the view in 3d and pick the face of the extrusion that aligns with the plane I want to draw on. A bit finicky really. Is there a better way?

 

I have used the align to plane in 3d 

 

Can anyone give me a clue how this all could be better done?

 

Thanks in advance,

 

Raoul

Using Revit 2012
*Expert Elite*
Alfredo_Medina
Posts: 2,814
Registered: ‎06-11-2009
Message 2 of 3 (149 Views)

Re: Complex pipe structure & reference planes

10-23-2013 08:07 AM in reply to: RaoulTittel

Draw a dummy solid first, to be used as a guide to draw model lines and fillet curves on its faces. Then, use swep with "pick 3d edges".  As in this example:

 

10-23-2013 8-54-54 AM.jpg

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Planta1 Revit Online Consulting | info@planta1.com | my Twitter | The Planta1 Blog
Valued Contributor
RaoulTittel
Posts: 87
Registered: ‎11-06-2008
Message 3 of 3 (127 Views)

Re: Complex pipe structure & reference planes

10-23-2013 04:19 PM in reply to: Alfredo_Medina

Thanks for that Alfredo. Part of my issue is that a lot of this job is not rectiliniar, but in essence this method looks really good.

 

Cheers,

 

Raoul

Using Revit 2012

You are not logged in.

Log into access your profile, ask and answer questions, share ideas and more. Haven't signed up yet? Register

Announcements
Are you familiar with the Autodesk Expert Elites? The Expert Elite program is made up of customers that help other customers by sharing knowledge and exemplifying an engaging style of collaboration. To learn more, please visit our Expert Elite website.

Need installation help?

Start with some of our most frequented solutions to get help installing your software.

Ask the Community


Revit Exchange Apps

Created by the community for the community, Autodesk Exchange Apps for Revit helps you achieve greater speed, accuracy, and automation from concept to manufacturing.

Connect with Revit

Twitter

Facebook

Blogs

Youtube