Join Paul F. Aubin for an in-depth discussion in this video Displaying imported geometry, part of Revit: Rendering.
- In this movie, we're gonna look at how we can import geometry from software other than Revit. Revit supports a few different file formats, and in this movie in particular, we're gonna look at bringing in some SketchUp geometry. I'm gonna do this on an interior, but you can use this process on interior or exterior, so it doesn't really matter which one you do. I've actually opened up two views here. I've got a floor plan here on the left and I've got a 3D view here on the right. In the 3D view, I'm just gonna hold down my Shift key and orbit the wheel, just to spin it around a little bit.
I wanna add a little grouping of furniture here in front of the reception area, and that's this area right here. It'll be easier to add it in the floor plan, and actually preferable, because if you try and add it in the 3D, the 3D tends to place the object at the lowest possible level in the project. However, if you've got the floor plan open, then it will place the element at the level that's associated with the floor plan. I want the furniture to come in at Level 1, so that's why I have this floor plan open over here.
Let's go to the Insert tab. I'm actually gonna link this in, and the advantage, of course, of using Link CAD is that if the furniture grouping should change, I can simply reload the link. If you look down here under Files of type, there are a few different choices. We can bring in AutoCAD files in either DWG or DXF, MicroStation files, DGN, 3D SAT files from a variety of software, or SketchUp files. I'm gonna choose SketchUp, and I've got this file here called Furniture, and I'm gonna select that, and I'm going to accept all the defaults here: Preserve the Colors, All the Layers, Auto-Detect the Units.
But over here, under Positioning, what I wanna do is choose Manual - Center. The reason for that is I don't know where the insertion point of this furniture is, so I wanna just make sure that my cursor is at the center of the furniture and manual just means I'll be able to click and place it wherever I want it to go. Notice here, it says Place at: Level 1. That's because my floor plan was active when I started this command. Lemme click Open.
You can see there that this is Manual - Center, so it noticed that the cursor is in the center of the furniture grouping, and then I can just move my mouse and click to place where I want it to go, so I'm gonna place it right between these two columns right here. A warning here will appear about some of the information not being able to import. You wanna check this, just to make sure, and I'll do that over here in the 3D. I'll just spin around and take a look. It looks to me like it came in pretty cleanly, so it's possible that there might be some information that was left out, but it looks like I've got the solids.
Something going on right there, but for the most part, it's working pretty well. I'm not gonna guarantee that this SketchUp import will render as well as a native Revit Family, so if you have the option to use native Revit Families, it will certainly be preferable. But in a pinch, if you've got objects from other software, again, the goal is we're looking for that extra bit of realism when we generate our rendering so that we don't have a really lifeless space. We wanna give it a little bit more energy and a little bit more interest when we generate that rendering.
Sometimes, bringing in a SketchUp file can be just what you need.
- Creating 3D views and 3D cutaway views
- Adding details to the model
- Creating and editing materials
- Working with the sun system
- Working with lighting groups
- Configuring render settings
- Preparing a cloud render
- Creating a walkthrough
- Rendering a plan