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From Autodesk Revit to Rhino for 3D Printing

    Summary: Trouble 3D Printing from Autodesk Revit? Is your file too large? Learn tips and tricks for exporting from Revit to Rhino with ACIS Solids for best 3D Printing practices with this tutorial.
    Software: Rhino, Revit
    Revit Actions: Change visibility settings of model, Export separate worksets to manage project in Rhino, Export as ACIS Solid, Export as 2D drawing
    Some Commands: SelOpenPolysrf, SelClosedPolySrf, DupFaceBorder, Explode, Import, BlockManager, ObjectProperties, ShowEdges, Check, SelDup, SelBadObject, ReplaceBlock, Contour, Loft, Rebuild, Slab / OffsetSrf / Shell, Cap, Grasshopper
    Level: Beginner - Intermediate    Tutorial by: 

Introduction

Revit is a powerful 3D modeling software for architects, managers and engineers in the construction industry. Every predefined element (walls, windows, doors, etc) is automatically designed as a closed solid model object with chosen thickness defined by user specific object parameters. Most 3D printing slicing software require solid closed volumes in order to print objects properly. Many recommend the STL file contain ONE single entirely closed volume that is watertight. But not all elements generated in Revit are watertight solids and rarely is a Revit file composed of one element alone. User created families, more complex detailed geometry, zero thickness ceilings, conceptual massing surfaces and sculpted terrains often contain intersecting surfaces, single surfaces or manifold edges that would not retain water if filled. Although there is an add-in STL exporter in Revit to export the file, edit, prepare and slice in Autodesk's Meshmixer; it's not commonly the best workflow for large-scale detailed Revit models. In this tutorial you will learn tips and tricks for exporting from Revit to Rhino for 3D Printing.

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