Join Paul F. Aubin for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding detail components, part of Revit 2018: Essential Training for Architecture (Imperial).
- [Voiceover] When you wanna create a construction detail in Revit, you often start with a cut of the live 3D model, and then you add detail components on top of that 3D view, to embellish it and to represent the things that would not make sense to model. So, in this movie, I'm gonna focus on adding the 2D detail components. I already have the callout cut, and if you wanna see the process of doing that, you can review the previous movie. So, what I wanna do here is begin adding detail components.
Now, you can get to the Detail Component tool on the Annotate tab, on this drop down right here. So, the Detail Component is the first item on this drop down menu. Now, Detail Components are two-dimensional representations of elements that you want to add to your details. They're often representations of actual things. So, in this case, when choose the Detail Component tool, the first thing that came up for me was a steel C channel section. And this represents an actual piece of steel.
It's correctly sized for this C channel. But it's a two-dimensional representation of that C channel. It's not an actual 3D model. Now, I'm just gonna click anywhere to place it. I'm gonna move it more precisely a little bit later. But if I cancel out of the command and go back to my Section at Stair detail, zoom in, notice that there is no steel channel here. So, it's very important to understand that what a 2D detail component is, is a view-specific element that only occurs in the view that you're working in.
Now, I'm gonna come over here and click the x here to close that stair section and return to the detail. Let's add another detail component, and this one is a little bit more representational. So, when I go to 2D detail component, open up the list, and scroll through, I'm gonna find this Break Line component right here. Now, the Break Line is really just more of a graphical tool. So, I'm gonna tap the spacebar to rotate it. And I'll click right over here by this first tread, and click to place it. Notice that there's a piece of whiteout inside of that component, and it actually covered up part of the detail to the left-hand side.
I'm gonna tap the spacebar twice and place another one over here, on this landing. And then, I'll click Modify to cancel out. So, it turns out that these Break Lines have these grip controls, and I can stretch it to increase the length of it in both sides. And when I deselect, it will cover up any part of the model that's underneath that mask. So, that mask is just a convenient way to kinda say, we're only focused on this area. And traditionally, when you were drawing these details by hand, that's what you would do, is just, sort of, let that other piece taper off.
And once again, if you go back to the stair detail, there's no mask here. So, these are 2D detail components that only occur in the view you're placing them in. And that's really the whole idea behind the detailing process in Revit. Now, I wanna add two more detail components to this view, but neither of them are currently loaded in this project. So, when I go to the detail component, I'm gonna need to use Load Family for these next two examples. When I go to Load Family, there is Detail Items folder in the included content that comes with the software.
That folder is organized in CSI MasterSpec divisions. So, if you're familiar with CSI MasterSpec, then this should be a pretty comfortable organization for you. If you're not familiar with CSI, just take some time to, kind of, go in and out of the folders here, and it's organized pretty logically. And the thing that makes it pretty easy to navigate is, there's a description at the end of each folder. So, I'm gonna go into the Metals folder first. And then, I'm gonna into the Metal Fabrications folder next. And then, finally, Metal Stairs.
Now, what I always do when I'm getting familiar with the folder for the first time, is I click the first item, and I use the arrows on my keyboard to page through the other items and look at the previews. So, this second item here, Steel Pan in Section, that's the one that I want, and I'll open that up. Now, you could place it anywhere, but notice that it will see the underlying geometry here. So, I can actually line this up. So, what I'm gonna do is just, kind of, click right on the surface of that existing tread there, in the model, and click anywhere to place it.
Now, I'm gonna cancel out of the command and select that detail component that I just placed, go to the move command. I wanna snap right to the leading edge of it with the endpoint snap, and then snap it right to the end of the existing model. Now, if you're having any trouble getting it to snap to that end point, you can type s + e on your keyboard, to force it to snap right to that endpoint. And that'll position it a little bit more accurately, relative to the actual stair.
I'll go ahead and deselect that, go back to the 2D component command. I wanna load in one more component. So, I'm gonna go to Load Family, Detail Items, Metals, and then, Structural Steel Framing. Now, here, what you're gonna see is, if I click on the first item and use my arrows, I've got Angle from Section, Side, and Top. I've got Channel from Section, Side, and Top, and so on, down the list here. So, what you're seeing is, because these are 2D elements, there's actually three versions of each family.
Now, the one that I want is the Angle Shapes in Side view. When I click Open, that will display a Type catalog. Now, a Type catalog is just a list of all of the possible types that are available for this family. And if I scroll through this list, you can see it's a very extensive list. So, we wouldn't really wanna load all of them, because it would just be way too many. It would overwhelm our file. But you can select whatever one you want. You can use the control key to select multiples. You can select one, hold the shift, and then another, and select everything in-between.
So, it's definitely possible to select more than one. In my case, though, I only need one. And I want this one down at the bottom, the L2X2X1/8 inch. So, I'll click OK. And this component is gonna behave a little differently than the others. If you look at your status bar, it's saying Click to enter the component start point. So, I'm gonna click maybe right here. And then, I'm gonna start moving to the right, and notice that it's actually drawing out this object with the second click.
So, this is what we call a line based component. So, I'm going to go until it says six inches here, and then click to make a six-inch long segment here. So, whatever two points you click, it automatically stretches that component to comply with that length. So, it's just a different kind of component than what we've seen before. Let's go ahead and click Modify to cancel out of there. So, for now, that's all the components that I need. So, the first step in creating a hybrid detail is creating a callout and configuring it.
The next step is usually to begin adding detail components. We've created a series of detail components here, 2D detail components, that represent the actual objects that we will have in this detail. And then, in a future movie, we'll work with these components and finish up our detail.
First, get comfortable with the Revit environment, and learn to set up a project and add the grids, levels, and dimensions that will anchor your design. Then author Paul F. Aubin helps you dive into modeling: adding walls, doors, and windows; using joins and constraints; creating and mirroring groups; linking to external assets and DWG files; and modeling floors, roofs, and ceilings.
Paul also shows advanced techniques for modeling stairs and complex walls, adding rooms, and creating schedules. Finally, discover how to annotate your drawings so all the components are clearly understood, and learn how to output sheets to DWF, PDF, or AutoCAD.
- Understanding BIM and the Revit element hierarchy
- Navigating views
- Creating a new project from a template
- Adding walls, doors, and windows
- Adding plumbing fixtures and other components
- Linking AutoCAD DWG files
- Rotating and aligning Revit links
- Working with footprint and extrusion roofs
- Adding openings
- Adding railings and extensions to stairs
- Creating stacked and curtain walls
- Hiding and isolating objects
- Adding rooms
- Creating schedule views and tags
- Adding text and dimensions
- Creating new families
- Using reference planes, parameters, and constraints
- Plotting and creating a PDF