Autodesk Revit

Autodesk's Revit is one of the strongest architectural design software for coordination and collaboration. The software is used in nearly every construction profession by architects, construction managers, mechanical engineers, civil engineers, project managers, and other designers. Plugins like Dynamo, Green Building Studio, Autodesk Seek, and Autodesk A360 make it easily accessible and adaptable to develop and draw with building information modeling, efficiency, precision and detail.

  • Great mesh editing tools for 3D printing
  • Strong organization
  • BIM!!!
  • Fast processing speeds
  • Simultaneous collaboration and improved workflow
  • Integrated visualization tools
  • Simple automated walk-throughs
  • Strong sense of scale and dimensions
  • Worksets and Local files
  • Excellent integration with 3DS Max

The following could be improved upon (TBI) in future versions

  • Price
  • Limitations of Schedules (quickly change element names using Dynamo)
  • Minimal sculpting tools
  • Design limitations. More complex organic or curved designs are more difficult to 3D model using solely Revit
  • Conceptual modeling and conceptual massing tools
  • Integration with other software

Revit is available on Windows. As of 2017, it is not compatible for Mac OS

Dynamo is a standalone program and like Grasshopper, it is free to use. Autodesk has launched Dynamo Studio which is a fee based application. Learn more about the distinctions.

Tips for exporting from Revit to Rhino

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Exporting from Revit to Rhino for 3D Printing

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 ...