Just because we're using Revit, that doesn't mean that we can't deal with AutoCAD anymore. Just the opposite. This video will focus on two methods. the first is to link an architectural AutoCAD floor plan, while the second is to create a drafting view and import a detail that was also created in AutoCAD.
- [Instructor] First things first. I'd like to bring in some AutoCAD into our Revit model. There's two different reasons why we would do this. One, perhaps we have an architectural floor plan that's not in Revit, but we want to model in Revit. What we're gonna do is bring in a floor plan. Next, what we wanna do is bring in the detail. A lot of our details have been created in AutoCAD. We can easily bring those into Revit. So to get started, let's go to Projects. Let's just go to New. I'm gonna use Mechanical Template, and I'm gonna click OK.
What I'd like to do now is in my Project Browser, let's go down to Floor Plan, 1 - Mech. Now, I'd like to go to my Insert tab, and we can either Import CAD, or we can Link CAD. First, let's go to Link CAD. Browse to where you're keeping your exercise files. Now I'm gonna grab my Architectural - Floor Plan - Level 1. Now, a couple things to look out for.
The first thing I wanna look at is Current view only. If we're bringing in a floor plan, we don't want that floor plan to show up in every single view. Essentially, if it's level one, we wanna make sure that we align our architectural AutoCAD with what we have going on in the project browser. So I wanna make sure I click on Current view only. Now for our colors, depending on how you wanna see this, we can show all of the colors that are native to the AutoCAD drawing. Basically the layers. Instead of Preserve, I'm gonna go Black and White.
We could also Invert it, but that looks kinda weird. I'm gonna go Black and White. Now, Layers in AutoCAD or Levels in MicroStation. We can show All of them, Visible, or go ahead and click on Specify. For the Import units, now, this is the hard part, 'cause we're never really sure what's going on in AutoCAD in terms of scale. I'm gonna leave it at Auto-Detect, for now. I'd like to Correct lines that are slightly off axis. Now, for our position, generally you always wanna go Auto - Origin to Origin, however, there's a few different choices.
I'm gonna keep it Auto - Origin to Origin. Now I'm gonna click Open. Now, because we selected the layers, we can come through now and we can uncheck or check or whatever we wanna do. We can Check All, or Check None. I'm gonna keep them all checked on. Now I'm gonna click OK. Now that this has been imported, notice that we see all the line types just as they were in AutoCAD. Now what I'd like to do is go ahead select our link.
Notice that it automatically pins it. So, that means that if you didn't really want it to come in origin to origin, you could unpin it and then move it. One thing I like to do, though, is check and make sure that it's to scale. So I see 100 feet here. So what I want to do is, I wanna click on my Measure button. I'm gonna come down to here, and I'm gonna pick this endpoint. I'm gonna come all the way down to here. I'm gonna pick this endpoint. My total length is 100 feet. If it wasn't 100 feet, you could either get rid of the link, and bring it back in using feet and inches, or inches.
I'm gonna hit escape a few times. Now what I'd like to do is select the link again. Now notice that we can go to Query. So go ahead and click on Query. And now we can zoom in and we can select any one of these items we want. So, I'm gonna grab this little door swing here. Now, it gives us out Block Name, 'cause that was the block that we selected. Gives us our Layer, gives us our Style By. We can delete that layer completely, or we can simply hide that layer in view. Now remember, it's not just gonna hide the object.
It's gonna hide everything in view. So I'm just gonna click OK. Now I'm gonna hit escape a few times. Now what I'd like to do is bring in a detail. So, the first thing I'm gonna do, is I'm gonna go to my View tab. Now I'm gonna go to Drafting View. For the Name, I'm gonna call it Cabinet. I'm gonna keep the Scale at 1 1/2" = 1'-0". Again, because we're bringing in AutoCAD, sometimes we have to figure out what that scale is before we bring it in.
I happen to know that the detail I'm bringing in is in fact 1 1/2" = 1'-0". So I'm gonna click OK. Now, I wanna go back to Insert. But this time I'd like to Import CAD. Notice that Current view only is grayed out, because it understands that I'm bringing it into a drafting view. I'm gonna grab my TYPICAL BASE CABINET. I want my Colors to be Black and White. This time my Layers, my Levels, I just wanna go with Visible. That's generally the choice I like.
Import units is Auto-Detect. Now, for our Positioning, we can go Center to Center. It's not really gonna matter, because this is a drafting view. Now I'm gonna click Open. If you type z + a to zoom all, here it is. Now you see that we've brought this drafting view in exactly how it is in the AutoCAD drawing. Now if we select it, suppose we wanna move some of these items. Well, we have to Explode it. But there's two different ways to explode. If we click the drop-down, we can do a Partial Explode, or we can do a Full Explode.
So now a Partial Explode, if we were to choose that, what would happen is, if we exploded this, and say for example these little wood blockings are blocks themselves, these wouldn't get exploded. If we select it, and we go to Explode, and if we went to Full Explode, everything is gonna be exploded, down to lines, arcs, circles, and hatches. So go ahead and click on Full Explode. Now when we hover over this, notice that this is a filled region. These are lines. And if we select this, unfortunately it explodes this down to single line text.
My advice to you is, when you do this, re-annotate it and re-dimension it. So, here we have two different ways that we can bring in an AutoCAD drawing.
Once you're finished with this course, you can feel confident taking the Revit MEP 2015 Certified Professional exam.
- Importing AutoCAD files into Revit
- Linking Revit models
- Using worksets
- Creating new family types
- Adding and modifying panels, circuits, switches, conduits, and more
- Creating detail views
Skill Level Intermediate
Q: This course was updated on 11/01/2017. What changed?
A: A new video was added that covers creating and applying filters. In addition, the following topics were updated: collaboration, elements, modeling, and views and sheets.