Revit for Interior Design: Interior Walls
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Creating a custom door trim sweep


Revit for Interior Design: Interior Walls

with Ed Cotey

Video: Creating a custom door trim sweep

When you grade a in place family door, you can And you notice that we have our reference planes again.

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3h 34m Intermediate Jan 28, 2014

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A good floor plan starts with defining usable spaces with the help of walls, and being able to modify those walls as needed as your project evolves. In this course, Ed Cotey shows you how to design a space with interior walls, doors, and windows in Autodesk Revit. Design issues such as wall alignment, trimming and extending walls, and splitting walls to make openings and new wall types are also covered. You'll also learn to incorporate some aesthetic elements such as trim and crown molding and apply them to walls.

Topics include:
  • Drawing interior walls
  • Configuring wall height and alignments
  • Changing wall types
  • Aligning and splitting walls
  • Creating compound walls
  • Adding doors and windows
  • Working with the Family Editor
  • Adding sweeps and trims to walls
Revit Architecture
Ed Cotey

Creating a custom door trim sweep

When you grade a in place family door, you can also create a profile to make a specially designed door trim. Profiles are basically 2D elements that you can use to make any number of 3D elements. Revit provides a number of profiles that you can use in their Imperial library. And they also provide a number of templates in their family editor that you can use as well to create your own profiles.

In this example that we have here, we have already an in place door that's been created. But it looks pretty bland. It could use maybe some trim to go around this. So, what we're going to do is we're going to sketch a 2D profile. We're going to create what's called the sweep that goes around this arc, and then we're going to use that profile to actually create the trim. So, let's go ahead and get started with this. The way that we begin is, make sure that you are on the Level 1 floor plan, and zoom in.

And you notice that we have our reference planes again. We're going to add another reference plane. This one's going to be down the center of the wall here. So we'll come in and pick Reference Plane off of the Architecture tab, and, I'm going to be looking basically for the center of the wall, I'm actually pulling out here as you see, a little bit, and clicking, and then I'm pulling all the way through. And now that I've got that I'm going to hit Modify. And then come back and click on that Reference Plane. And we're going to give it a name.

And the name we're going to call Wall Center and then just click Out. Just verify that the name actually went ahead and stuck to it. So, we're in good shape with that next. What we're going to do, is we're going go to Set up here, and with Set, we're going to set our Work Plane that we're going to be drawing this on, initially, the path for the sweep. So we're going to come in and look for Wall Center.

Pick that and press OK. You see the blue line there behind, that's the reference plane. So we got that. And then we want to go to the south elevation and then press Open View. So here we are. We are, looking at the reference plane. Wall center. And we have basically our wall here. With the in place door showing. So, our next step is to go ahead and do an in place family.

So come on over here to Component. And click on it. And go to In Place Model, and, uh,in the list, what we're going to do is, make this into a wall category and then press okay. The name that we're going to give this, is we're just going to call it Door Trim. And press OK. And you'll see, again, our wall and door here kind of fade out. We still can see the reference planes and everything. What we're going to do is we're going to the Create tab up here, we're looking for the Sweep tool, so we're going to pick Sweep.

And within Sweep, there's a number of processes that you have to do. Once you pick it, you have to first of all determine a path. And because we're going to be using an object that the object is going to travel along that path on, as a result we have to draw this path first. So we're going to go ahead and sketch the path. I'm going to start over here. Come down with a line. I'll hit the Escape key. I'm going to do an undo because I want to do it from another location. Let's do it from over here. It's a little bit easier to do.

Then come up and do it here. And you can also use Pick Lines, as well. I'm going to pick the arch. And you'll see here that I have everything I made for the path. Now this little red dot here and this green line represent basically the profile plane that we're going to be drawing on in a little bit. So we're going to hit ok here. Now we're going to go to Edit Profile and we're going to start off first of all by going to floor plans level one.

Now you'll notice that what's happened here if you zoom in a little bit, and it's always a good idea to do that. You're going to be drawing a 2D profile over here for the wall trim. And we're actually looking down on this. And just think of this as a flat plane that you're going to be drawing on, and then it's going to wrap itself right around that arch. So we're going to come over here and click Edit Profile. And when we do that, you can see that we now have a drawing plane to to work on.

And we can then go ahead and draw this plane, profile. So we're going to pick up line. And you can be pretty creative as far as, you know, what you want to do. I mean, there's no rules here. It's just up to your imagination. As far as what you want to draw. And I'm just going to draw something fairly simple and if you notice here I'm drawing basically half a profile now because I'm going to take this and I'm going to go ahead and mirror it.

There you see I have this whole profile now made. And that's all it really is to it, as far as making a profile, we'll hit Finish we'll hit Mode one more time and we'll hit Finish Model it looks like it's pretty much done, all we have to do is check it out in 3d voila there it is, magic look at that. And you can see here, that you've got a profile that actually goes all the way around the unit.

So, using 2D profiles to create a variety of 3D elements is kind of a good idea to remember. Especially when you're using In Place Families and you need something special, the Sweep tool is a very good tool to use. The thing about the Sweep tool is that you first have to draw the path and then you sketch a profile. And remember that all 2D profiles that you make have to be a closed loop, they cannot be open in any way.

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