Join Eric Wing for an in-depth discussion in this video Exporting Revit to Navisworks, part of Navisworks 2017 Essential Training.
- [Instructor] In this video I'd like to review how to export Revit to Navisworks. As we saw before, we can open a Revit model directly, but a lot of times we're going to want to export it. It could be that we're sending it to someone or we just want a little more control over what we see. I'm going to jump into Revit. Under Projects, I'm going to go Open. I'm going to browse to where I'm keeping my Exercise Files. I'm going to go to my Revit folder and I'm going to grab my Architectural model. You can grab any model you want, it's going to work the same.
Let's click Open. Now this landed us in a 3D view, but it doesn't always. One thing I'd like to do first though is check to see that we have add-ins. Go to your Add-ins tab and down here you should have External Tools and click the dropdown. You should have Navisworks 2017. If you do not have these, that means you probably installed Navisworks first, then Revit.
What you need to do is go to www.autodesk.com, type in Navisworks Exporters and download the exporters. You'll have to close out of Revit and Navisworks before you do it, and have admin rights to your machine. What I want to do in Revit is go to a 3D view, but it's a good idea if we scroll down in out Project Browser, find our 3D views, and what I'm going to do is I'm going to right click here on Default 3D, it's these little brackets. I'm going to Duplicate View and I'm just going to duplicate it.
I'm going to right click on this view now and I'm going to rename it. Now I'm going to call this Navisworks Export. That way you know all of your settings are going to be set next time you want to export this model. You just go to this view. So I'm going to click OK. Now what I'd like to do is make sure I've got some stuff set. You always need to have your detail level set for fine. Your visual style doesn't really matter.
What I'm going to do now is I'm going to go to my Add-ins tab, I'm going to click my External Tools dropdown, I'm going to go to Navisworks 2017. Now notice it's going to save it as a .nwc file. I want to go to my Navisworks settings. I just want to make sure my settings are set back to the way I wanted them. Uncheck Divide Files into Levels. Coordinates are project internal, and most importantly I'm going to export current view.
When we just open it directly, it basically exports the entire project. In this case if we want to turn off roofs or put a scope box in, we only export what's visible in this view. Let's click OK. Now what I want to do is I'm going to make a root directory called Navisworks in my Exercise Files, I'm going to hit Enter. I'm going to go into Navisworks.
I'm going to close out of here, and up here my export's seen as I'm going to Save in, I'm going to go to where I'm keeping my Exercise Files, go to Navisworks, and my file name can be anything I want. I'm going to click Save. Now once it's exported, I'm good. I can hit Save. I'm going to close on Close Hidden Windows and I'm going to close out of this model.
I'm going to open another one. I'm going to go to Projects, Open. I hate these backups, so I'm going to right click and delete it. You don't have to, but it's just a pet peeve of mine. I'm going to go to Mechanical this time and I'm going to click Open. I'm going to swing this around. If you have a hard time finding your view in the Project Browser, what I do is if you go to View you can go to Duplicate View here, and I'm going to duplicate the view.
Now it shows me where it is. I'm going to right click on 3D Copy 1. I'm going to rename. I'm going to call it Navisworks Export, and I'm going to hit OK. Most importantly here, I'm going to make sure that my detail level is fine. If my detail level is set for anything but that, if I set it to medium, what's going to happen is all of these are going to export as single line, and we don't want that. So I'm going to set this to fine.
I'm going to zoom out. I'm going to go to Add-ins, External Tools, Navisworks 2017. I'm going to keep it as Mechanical and I'm going to click Save. There we go. I like to save this. Now if we go to Windows Explorer by hitting the Windows button + E, go to where you're keeping your Exercise Files, and you'll see that we have two files here and for some reason I put a text document here, but you don't really need that.
You can just right click and delete it, and these are ready to be brought into Navisworks or sent to someone else.
- Appending and merging different file types
- Walking through your model
- Working with viewpoints
- Reviewing and marking up a model
- Manipulating and finding objects
- Adding links to objects
- Sorting and grouping
- Creating clash tests
- Adding a timeline with the Timeliner
- Creating material takeoffs
- Creating custom animations and scripts for an interactive movie
Skill Level Intermediate
Q: This course was updated on 05/09/2016. What changed?
A: We added one new tutorial on BIM 360 and a whole new chapter of videos on rendering in Navisworks.
Q. This course was updated 03/21/2017. What changed?
A. Three videos were updated in the first chapter. The following topics were also updated in chapters 8 and 12: creating a simluation for the TImeLiner, changing the survey point and project base point in Revit, finding and running Civil 3D Object Enablers, and combining Civil and Revit.