Thursday, March 19, 2009

Edit Cut Profile: Using the Edit Cut Profile tool (Part 1 of 4)

In this Tutorial we learn how the Edit Cut Profile tool can be used to modify the boundary that is created when we cut through a model element. As always, the general philosophy here at Revit Zone is to learn via step-by-step examples.

I have split this tutorial into 3 sections. In section 1, we’ll create a very simple Revit model that we’ll use for the rest of the tutorial. This assumes that you now how to create Levels, place Wall elements and create a basic flat roof. You’ll also need to know how to generate a Section through your model. In Section 2, we will then discuss what the Edit Cut Profile tool is used for and how it works. And finally in Section 3, we’ll use the Edit Cut Profile tool to modify the cut profiles of the model we created in Section 1.

Section 1: Creating the model we are going to work with

So we’ll start with a new, blank Revit Project file. And to begin with well create a simple rectangular building. Depending upon your Revit installation and regional settings, your choice of default families may differ from those shown here. Just choose an external wall type and draw a rectangular building 10,000mm x 5,000mm. The exact height of your walls is not crucial- I have made mine 4,000mm high. You building should look something like this:-


Now add a simple roof to the building. I have chosen the “Generic-400mm” roof family.


I have included a 400mm overhang to the edge of the roof. Your model should look something like this:-


Now what we need to do is actually cut through something in order to be able to use the Edit Cut Profile tool. So let’s create a section through our model. Use the Section command to create a Section like the one below:-


If you activate your Section View, it should look like this:-


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