Anyone know how I can successfully import a 3d .dwg model into Revit so I can cut through it in plan and section? I built the model in sketchup, exported it as a .dwg, then impoorted this .dwg into a new Revit family. I then loaded this family into the revit file I'm working in. Its cuts through the model on basement and ground floor plans but not on 2nd or attic. For the 2nd or attic it just shows me the roof of my model. Puzzling! Any advice out there???
Play with the view range of you 2nd floor or attic view. Be sure the cut plane passes through you family.
PS: you can insert a sketchup model directly into a Revit Fam. You don't need to export to dwg format.
The only way to fully slice and dice an imported DWG wireframe is
to import it as a mass. And while you're at it you might as well import
it at the right scale. You can even set the import colors to black and
white so you don't have to strain your eyes trying to see yellow lines
on a white canvas, unless you're inverting your background color.
Or if you want to import that DWG wireframe into the family editor and
slice it up, you can section box it and use the view cube for front, sides
and top view. But you won't be able to dimension it that way. And forget
about cutting it in plan view with the view range anywhere but as a mass.
At least that's the way it is in 2011, and who knows what we will be able
to do in 2013.
There is an interesting variation on what
you are asking about. I was testing this out
just for fun.
If you import a DWG wireframe into your
project in a plan view, you WON'T be able to
cut it with the view range, like I said.
And also like I said you can import it as a
mass and click finish mass and it'll be in
your project in plan view and you CAN cut it
with the view range, (as a finished mass).
And again like I said if you import it straight
into the family editor you CANNOT cut it in there
with the view range.
But here's my discovery, and this is a good one:
(For me at least). If you import that wireframe
into the family editor and then immediately load it
into your project in a plan view, it WILL cut. And
you have bypassed the create mass process and
dealing with it as a mass in your project, like with
printing and show mass etc.
You can't dimension the lines any better there, but it's
a cleaner way to get it into Revit. Of course a lot of
this depends on what your purpose is. And also
there might be some more details I'm not aware of.
I too, am struggling with the same issues and have discovered I can create a family, import a 3D dwg model (or .sat, etc) and load that family into my Revit model.
I am still having trouble with that new object obeying my view ranges. I still see EVERYTHING below whatever level I am on. It clips or hides the stuff on upper levels, but not lower levels.
Section cuts behave properly but I can't create a section cut that is horizontal.
Detail callouts don't work right either in regards to view range.
If I view from the roof, I see the whole imported mass or family as a halftone image.
Another frustrating thing is dimensioning. One can't dimension to these imported masses. Stupid!
I am working with Revit Structure 2012 and 2013.
Just discovered the only part of the view range the Imported Family / Mass is obeying is the clip plane.
Everything of the mass below the clip plane is showing. The view range above and below are completely ignored.
The view range above and below are completely ignored.
Not sure how you could observe that because the imported
Family/Mass is only one element. Good comment though.
The mass family import certainly works. These posts have saved me a lot of heartache.
I love this sharing of information stuff!
Why is it when I insert a 3d model from say a DXF file (which has been converted to a mass family) that Revit won't cut it as per the view range settings?
Could someone provide an answer for me on this, its frustrating.