Join Eric Wing for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating detail views, part of Revit 2018: Essential Training for MEP (Imperial).
- [Voiceover] Let's take a break from modeling and talk about basic 2D detailing. In Revit, contrary to what I may have been saying, you can draft in 2D. OK, sometimes you just have to, but that's OK. We're gonna investigate how to safely do this. In this video, we're gonna explore how to create a drafting view from scratch and start using our annotation tools to create a detail. Revit does have a pretty nice library of 2D detail components to choose from, so let's go ahead and get started. The first thing we need to do is create a drafting view.
Go to the View tab. On the Create panel, click the Drafting View button. For the name, in all caps, let's call it CURB DETAIL. We can keep this scale at an inch and a half equals a foot. We can always go back and change it later. Click OK. Now here we are with a blank slate. The next thing we need to do is go to the Annotate tab. On the Annotate tab, you're gonna find all of our detailing tools. Let's just start drawing some lines. On the Detail panel, click the Detail Line button.
On the Line Style panel, notice that we have a drop-down: Medium Lines, MEP Hidden, Thin, and Wide. Let's click Wide. Let's click the Rectangle button. Let's just draw a rectangle about two feet high and about 10 feet long. Then hit Esc a couple times. Zoom in on your detail and see we have a rectangle just like CAD. Right click on the left most line and Create Similar.
This time instead of wide lines, let's go with Thin Lines. On the Draw panel, click your Pick Lines button. Let's give it an Offset of six inches. Let's repeat that down here. Let's hit Esc a couple times. Right click on the bottom most line and Create Similar. On the Draw panel, click your Pick Lines button. Let's switch to Thin Lines.
Let's Offset it six inches. Let's offset a line up. Notice that when we come into this line, you can see an alignment line that shows up. When I hover over this line, and you see your alignment line going straight up, that's where your next line is gonna be. Go ahead and pick this line going straight up. Hit Esc a couple times. Go to the Modify tab. On the Modify panel, click the Trim/Extend to Corner button. We want to clean up this corner and this corner.
To do that, we're gonna select the lines that we want to keep. So pick this line and then this line, this line and then this line and then hit Esc a couple times. Next thing we're gonna do is zoom in on this area here. We're gonna offset a hidden line in. On the Annotate tab, click Detail Line. Hit the drop-down. Let's go to MEP Hidden. On the Draw panel, click your Pick Lines button.
Let's Offset that one inch. Hit Esc a couple times. Now let's bring in a detail component, shall we? On the Detail panel, click the Component button. On the Mode panel, click Load Family. You always want Detail Items. Let's go to Div 05-Metals. Let's go to Common Work Results for Metals, Metal Fastenings. Notice that we have an array of different metal fastenings.
Let's grab A325 Bolts-Side. I'm gonna place my bolt right here. I'm gonna hit Esc. I'm gonna select this side of the bolt, zoom in, now I'm gonna grab my little grip, and I'm gonna drag it out until I hit the inside face. I'm gonna hit Esc. Zoom out. Select your bolt. Click your Copy button.
Zoom in, pick a base point, and copy it down about a foot. Hit Esc a couple times. Zoom back out. Holding the Ctrl key, select both bolts. On your Modify panel, click the Mirror-Draw Axis button. Click a midpoint of this line and move your cursor straight up and pick the second point. Hit Esc a couple times and you've successfully mirrored your bolts to the other side.
One last thing we're gonna do is trim out this line in the middle. On the Modify tab, click the Split Element button. On options toolbar, click on Delete Inner Segment. Zoom into this side and hover over the horizontal line and pick it. Zoom into this side, hover over the horizontal line, and pick it. Hit Esc a couple times.
Now you see that you can separate yourself from the model and just simply draft. Remember though, this is only for typical details and drafting of that nature. It does not replace actual sections of the model.
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