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Using cutaway views

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Video: Using cutaway views

In this movie I'm going to show you how to create a cutaway sectional 3D view. Sometimes you want to get a better look at a certain portion of your building, and even though you can go in and use Visibility Graphics or a Temporary Hide Isolate or Permanent Hide, and hide and isolate certain elements, sometimes it's going to be easier to just go in and actually create a custom 3D view. And the easiest way to do that is to actually modify the section box that's used to define the 3D view.

Using cutaway views

In this movie I'm going to show you how to create a cutaway sectional 3D view. Sometimes you want to get a better look at a certain portion of your building, and even though you can go in and use Visibility Graphics or a Temporary Hide Isolate or Permanent Hide, and hide and isolate certain elements, sometimes it's going to be easier to just go in and actually create a custom 3D view. And the easiest way to do that is to actually modify the section box that's used to define the 3D view.

So instead of showing the entire model, we can actually crop it down to just a particular area. Now you can do this manually, but the fastest way to do it is to actually use an existing view to set the extents of the 3D view. So that's the process I want to walk you through right here. I'm in a view called Cutaway View. I'm going to zoom in here on the top of the plan. And perhaps I want to get a better look at my stairwell and see how it fits into the surrounding context to make sure I'm satisfied with how everything is coming together. You can see here that I've got a section that already cuts through the stair, and it is looking at just this back portion of the building here.

So I'm going to double-click on the section head to open that section up, just to give you a look at what it looks like. You can see that I'm seeing the double volume space in here and the stair very nicely with the curtain wall on the background. But maybe I really want to get a good look at this, and a 3D view might be a great way to do that. So let's close out here. And I'm going to use my default 3D view icon here, click that button, and that will take me to the default 3D view here, 3D. Now obviously this is a 3D view of the entire building model and doesn't show just the stair.

So what I want to do is right-click that curly bracket 3D, choose Duplicate View, and Duplicate. And then get copy of the 3D and I'm going to rename that and I'm going to call this 3D Stair Section. Now, that's the view that I'm looking at right here. The next step is to come over here to the view cube, right-click anywhere on the view cube, and we have this command here called Orient to View. Now this is a really powerful command because as you can see, we can orient this 3D view to any of our other views in our projects.

So if you wanted a three-dimensional version of your floor plan, you could go to floor plans and choose Level 1, then use your view cube to orbit it into 3D, and there you've got yourself a 3D cutaway from a floor plan point of view. Well, we said we wanted a sectional cutaway, so I'm going to right-click again, go to Orient to View under Sections, here is my Section at Stair; that's the section we were just looking at. And when I choose that and orient it to 3D, you can now see that I've got a nice cutaway view of my stair section shown here in 3D.

Now we can come down to the view control bar we can turn on Shading. You've got this box right here. This is actually the section box. So it's got little grips on it, and it looks like I'm cutting off maybe a little bit behind there. I can adjust that. Maybe I can crop it in a little closer. Maybe I want to peel off this outside wall here, so I can stretch it just a little bit to kind of remove that wall, maybe just a touch more, like so. Now I'm looking at the stairs all by itself. And as a finishing touch, with this box selected, I can go here to the lightbulb and I can actually hide that object.

So I'm going to Hide Elements, spin it around, and there is my completed sectional cutaway. You want to make sure that you've renamed it so that you can preserve that as its own view, but now I could put this view on a sheet, I could print it out, or I could just use it as a quality-checking tool, just to make sure that everything is modeled correctly and in the correct location. So the Orient to View feature, which is on the right-click menu of the view cube, allows us to very quickly take a 3D view and orient it to any of our other orthographic views: Plans, Sections, and Elevations.

It turns on the 3D section box and crops it down around the area that was defined by the corresponding plan, section, or elevation. We can fine tune that and save it and it becomes a cutaway 3D view that we have in our project.

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Revit Architecture 2013 Essential Training

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  1. 1m 57s
    1. Welcome
      1m 2s
    2. Using the exercise files
      55s
  2. 14m 43s
    1. Introducing building information modeling (BIM)
      3m 0s
    2. Working in one model with many views
      4m 48s
    3. Understanding Revit element hierarchy
      6m 55s
  3. 54m 44s
    1. Understanding the different versions of Revit
      1m 19s
    2. Exploring the Recent Files window and the application menu
      5m 20s
    3. Using the ribbon and the Quick Access Toolbar (QAT)
      7m 12s
    4. Understanding context ribbons
      4m 43s
    5. Using the Properties palette
      8m 31s
    6. Using the Project Browser
      5m 34s
    7. Navigating views: Zooming, panning, and rotating
      5m 57s
    8. The basics of selecting and modifying
      9m 49s
    9. Accessing Revit options
      6m 19s
  4. 47m 6s
    1. Creating a new project from a template
      7m 42s
    2. Accessing a multi-user project with worksharing
      4m 16s
    3. Configuring project settings
      6m 33s
    4. Adding levels
      7m 40s
    5. Adding grids
      6m 23s
    6. Refining a layout with temporary dimensions
      6m 58s
    7. Adding columns
      7m 34s
  5. 1h 11m
    1. Adding walls
      8m 48s
    2. Using snaps
      6m 24s
    3. Exploring wall properties and types
      7m 37s
    4. Locating walls
      7m 27s
    5. Using the modify tools
      9m 32s
    6. Adding doors and windows
      7m 39s
    7. Using constraints
      8m 27s
    8. Adding plumbing fixtures and other components
      8m 39s
    9. Using Autodesk Seek
      4m 19s
    10. Using wall joins
      3m 0s
  6. 1h 11m
    1. Linking AutoCAD DWG files
      10m 59s
    2. Creating topography from a DWG link
      7m 43s
    3. Understanding CAD inserts
      7m 56s
    4. Import tips
      6m 49s
    5. Creating a group
      7m 10s
    6. Mirroring groups to create a layout
      5m 3s
    7. Creating Revit links
      5m 16s
    8. Rotating and aligning a Revit link
      7m 6s
    9. Establishing shared coordinates
      6m 5s
    10. Managing links
      6m 0s
    11. Understanding file formats
      59s
  7. 1h 13m
    1. Working with floors
      8m 57s
    2. Working with footprint roofs
      6m 22s
    3. Working with extrusion roofs
      4m 59s
    4. Attaching walls to roofs
      3m 17s
    5. Using the shape editing tools to create a flat roof
      6m 33s
    6. Working with slope arrows
      6m 0s
    7. Adding openings
      8m 33s
    8. Working with stairs
      8m 4s
    9. Adding railings to stairs
      3m 40s
    10. Working with ceilings
      9m 36s
    11. Adding extensions to railings
      7m 20s
  8. 48m 34s
    1. Creating a custom basic wall type
      10m 18s
    2. Understanding stacked walls
      8m 12s
    3. Adding curtain walls
      8m 17s
    4. Adding curtain grids, mullions, and panels
      10m 59s
    5. Creating wall sweeps and reveals
      6m 26s
    6. Exploring model lines
      4m 22s
  9. 47m 40s
    1. Using object styles
      4m 19s
    2. Working with visibility and graphic overrides
      7m 3s
    3. Using view templates
      6m 13s
    4. Hiding and isolating objects in a model
      6m 37s
    5. Understanding view range
      7m 7s
    6. Displaying objects above and below in plan views
      6m 35s
    7. Using the Linework tool
      5m 21s
    8. Using cutaway views
      4m 25s
  10. 21m 28s
    1. Adding rooms
      8m 15s
    2. Controlling room numbering
      6m 13s
    3. Understanding room bounding elements
      7m 0s
  11. 33m 13s
    1. Understanding tags
      9m 58s
    2. Adding schedule views
      7m 55s
    3. Modifying schedule views
      7m 12s
    4. Creating a key schedule
      8m 8s
  12. 58m 40s
    1. Adding text
      7m 29s
    2. Adding dimensions
      9m 6s
    3. Adding symbols
      4m 42s
    4. Adding legend views
      4m 51s
    5. Creating a detail callout
      8m 31s
    6. Adding detail components
      8m 52s
    7. Using arrays to duplicate objects parametrically
      7m 43s
    8. Adding filled and masking regions
      7m 26s
  13. 41m 29s
    1. Understanding families
      2m 37s
    2. Creating a new family from a template
      6m 29s
    3. Using reference planes, parameters, and constraints
      7m 52s
    4. Adding solid geometry
      8m 40s
    5. Cutting holes using void geometry
      5m 9s
    6. Adding blends
      6m 2s
    7. Completing the family
      4m 40s
  14. 38m 48s
    1. Adding sheets
      7m 44s
    2. Working with placeholder sheets
      5m 24s
    3. Aligning views with a guide grid
      5m 57s
    4. Outputting sheets to a DWF file
      6m 39s
    5. Exporting to AutoCAD
      5m 42s
    6. Plotting and creating a PDF
      7m 22s
  15. 2m 38s
    1. Next steps
      2m 38s

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