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Revit for Interior Design: Interior Walls
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Creating a wall trim profile


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Revit for Interior Design: Interior Walls

with Ed Cotey

Video: Creating a wall trim profile

Revit contains a number of 2D profiles that can be used as wall trim in a design. So we're currently looking at the template.

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Revit for Interior Design: Interior Walls
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
Subjects:
BIM Interior Design CAD
Software:
Revit Architecture
Author:
Ed Cotey

Creating a wall trim profile

Revit contains a number of 2D profiles that can be used as wall trim in a design. You can also create your own, using Revit's Family Editor. The editor is another function of Revit, and it allows you to create content for your project and other projects as well. The editor doesn't have as many ribbon tabs and panels as the project environment does, but it has all the commands that you need to create 2D and 3D objects that you can use, not only in your current project, but other projects as well.

Once you've created the profile, you can use it in the current project that you're working in or you can use it in other projects as well. The process that we're going to use here is that we've got basically this one project open here which is called Create Wall Trim. And we have currently a in-place family arch door. And what we're going to do is we're going to take some trim that we're going to create in the Family Editor, and we're going to apply it.

Now the trim that we are going to make, we can apply to any project. And that's what we're going to work on, so to go ahead and get started, what we're going to do is open up the Family Editor. I want you to go to the R>New>Family. Pick it. And you're noticing here that you're in template files. Revit has a number of family templates that you can go ahead and use.

Well, when you get a little bit more familiar in using Revit, you might want to spend some time in here and find some ones that you can go ahead and use. There's ones for furniture in here, which are particularly useful for interior designers. But one that we're going to use here is profile hosted, and we're going to pick that and then press Open. So we're currently looking at the template. You'll notice that there are two reference planes. Where they meet is the insertion point.

So everyting kind of revolves around that insertion point. The piece that you make has to be oriented properly. Here's the host face and what we're going to do is we're going to create this profile in this lower quadrant here. And if you take a look at the ribbon, you'll notice that there's just some very simple tools up here for drawing. So I'm going to kind of zoom in. And I'm going to pick up the Line command. And I'm going to draw a very simple profile.

I'm going to make this let's say about oh, we'll do about there. Then I'll come in and just kind of do something in a stepped approach here. And so, it has to be a closed profile by the way. You cannot allow it to go beyond that. You'll notice here, I've got it pretty well set up. And and now I have to go ahead and save it. So I'm going to come up here and go to the R>Save As.

And it has to be saved as a family, you can't save it as a project. And in this case, I'm going to put it to the desktop. And I'm going to call this door trim three. And I hit Save. Now that I've done that and saved it, I can now just download it right into my project. There is a, icon right here on the ribbon that says Load Into Project. I'll click on it and it will then bring me into the current project that I'm working on. It's also downloaded now, in here.

So, my next step is to just go ahead and, create the sweep. So I'm going to go to, Project Browser>Level 1, and zoom in here. So, now let's go ahead and create our sweep and add the profile to it. You notice here, here is our wall face reference plane. So now we're going to come over here to the Architecture tab>Set> Wall Face and press OK.

Now in the Go To View, we want to work on the south elevation, and we hit Open. And our next step is to create an in place family. So we'll come over here to Component > Model In Place>Walls and press OK. And we're going to call this Trim Profile and press OK. And now we're going to use the Sweep Tool to make it happen.

So lets use Sweep and we're going to select and sketch our path. And and this time, instead of using the line tool, we're going to come down here and use Pick Lines. And I'm going to pick it. And I'm going to come over here and pick this line first. This line, and that line. So now you have all three lines to make up the sweep. So I'm going to hit Finish. And now our next step is to go ahead and apply the profile. Now you might notice that you have here an options bar that shows profiles that can be loaded from here. You can also edit, which brings you back into the family editor. And some of this is grayed out as yet.

So we're going to come down to Profile>Door Trim 3, we can click on that, and let's go to Level 1. And you'll see it right there. And what we're going to do is flip it. And that looks pretty good. And I'm going to hit Finish. And it provides it over here on that side. And I'm going to hit Finish Model, and we're done.

Now all you need to do is take a look at it and check it out in 3D. And there it is. So you can see here that it was applied to the one side. And that's how you go ahead and use a profile. So the best thing to do is you want to reuse this profile over and over again, is to go back and use the Family Editor, which is pretty nice way to create profiles, save them, put them into your own library for reuse in other projects.

And you can find all sorts of things that you can use for 2D profiles. Once you've created this profile, you can download it directly into a project that you're working on. And then by using the sweep tool, go ahead and make an in place family and use the sweep tool to make the trim.

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