Revit Modeling Exercise – Non-hosted tilted panel


Hey guys, today we are going to model this sloped panel. You will be able to control the slope angle. Also rotate it… And drag the shape handle to resize it in 3D. Let’s start it. Create a Generic Model. Set work plane, and pick the vertical(Left/Right) Create reference line from the base point, having the Chain uncheck will enable you to lock it to some reference plane/line directly. Align the end point to the vertical reference plane as well. Add an instance angular dimension and create parameter. Set work plane, and pick the horizontal reference plane of the reference line, use Tab to swith between reference planes. I’m going to model the rest in 3D View, you can check the 3D cube to figure out the direction. Show work plane if you are not sure about current work plane. Draw a new reference line from the base point, lock when you see a lock icon. This reference line will be the place where we place our panel. Draw another reference line that perpendicular to the first one. Dimension it and lock the dimension. As you can see, the first reference line will only move along the vertical direction. And the second one only rotates within the horizontal direction of the first reference line. Create another angular dimension between the second and the third reference line. Then create a parameter. The reason why we have the third reference line is to make this angle from 0 to 180, instead of from -90 to 90. Set the work plane on the horizontal reference plane of the second reference line. Draw 2 reference lines on each side, or just copy them, as long as they are parallel to the second reference line. Eq dimension, and create another dimension and create the Width parameter. Create a new reference line perpendicular to the second reference line. Create the angular dimension and lock it. Set the work plane on the new reference line. Draw another 2 reference line that paralell to the new reference line. Dimension these reference lines. One of them will be the Length/Depth of the panel and the other one will be an offset from the base point. Click and drag the endpoint of the second reference line and see if the rest of the reference lines work properly. All good, now trim the reference a little bit so the shape handle will stay with the panel. Make some of the reference lines Not a reference so you will not pick on them in the project. Set the work plane on the second reference line. Create an extrusion and pick(With Lock checked) the reference lines. Create a parameter to Extrusion End, you will just pretend that the start stays at 0 so the Extrusion End equals the thickness. You can also create another parameter for Extrusion Start as offset, a parameter for thickness, then give a formula (Extrusion Start+Thickness) to Extrusion End. Create a project and test the family. You can control the size by dragging the shape handles. Adjust slope angle… Adjust the rotate angle…. And the offset from the rotation base point. You can also adjust the size by typing the dimensions in properties. That’s it. Thanks for watching and see you next time.

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  1. Really nice tuto… I never even think to do that…

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