Tag: Rendering (computer graphics)

Revit Architecture

Revit Architecture

Saturday, February 25, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

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Revit Architecture

Those of us who know anything about BIM or Building Information Modeling know how much of an oh-so-joyous happy dandy fun time Revit Architecture can be.  With its tendencies for the user to have to be highly accurate in the development of a structure without having the ability to adjust measurements manually, Revit can be an extremely time consuming and often excruciatingly painstaking program to design fully developed construction in.

Rendering can be a whole other monster to deal with in itself.  Any project with a significant amount of At the school where I learned my Revit skills, we have wonderful 2 core processor Dell desktops which pretty much are good for doing a percentage of the floor plan work and unless you have several hours to spare, then forget about rendering big projects.  Especially if animation or 3DS Max plug-ins are used, then you should really expect to be spending a significantly lengthy amount of time rendering your projects.

Of course, now we have cloud-based rendering with the experimental plug-in dubbed Project Neon, located on Autodesk Labs which is in the beta phases and allows for the user to render their images through their Autodesk account instead of locally through their own computers.  But rendering a project is still very time consuming and the use of your Autodesk account is not always available (at such places like certain schools).  It is because of the complexity of the program and the time it takes to create each individual aspect of the entire program that the program in its entirety is not always taken advantage of in the workplace.

Just imagine the incredible and beautifully polished 3D designs that could be showcased during potential project bids in any given circumstance if the software were to develop with simplified convenience in mind.  Nevertheless, Revit still is a remarkable program and it is improving dramatically by the year.  I hope to see the day when rooms are created and developed with much simpler methods and randomly generated components and furniture are brought into the program.  These improvements, including the ability to freely manipulate measurements would make Revit an excellent program to use regularly in the workplace.

CAD to BIM Conversion

CAD to BIM Conversion

Saturday, January 14, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

CAD to BIM Conversion

Converting CAD drawings to BIM is an important process for any design firm.  CAD to BIM usually means AutoCAD models are converted to Revit 3D models.  These conversions are not necessarily easy and can often take a bit of work to complete correctly and precisely.  BIM actually means Building Information Modeling which produces 3D ,4D or 5D Building Information Models with high level detailing and complexities using software like Revit, ArchiCAD etc.  These models can be further utilized to get a better estimation of materials for construction purposes. How can these drawings be converted?  Why should this be converted?  Let’s talk a bit on that.

Building Information Modeling has been in the CAD Industry for about a decade.  Prior to BIM, CAD Drafting was widely used to create drawings, plans and construction drawings.  Now a lot of builders are shifting to re-construction of buildings according to updated standards and technology like Green Building, Energy Analysis etc.  So it is vital to have the CAD plans convert to models for further utilization.  This gave birth to CAD to BIM Conversion.


The best software which is mostly chosen for conversion is Revit.  This software provides most accurate 3D modeling with high quality construction documentation which makes these tasks smooth for engineers, contractors, modelers and many other people involved in the project.  Thus, for conversion, the basic input we require are 2D CAD design files or drawing files.  To further continue with conversion we require a PC with moderate configuration to run Revit, and having Revit software installed.  The final output will be in the form of 3D model along with brief documentation.

Following Steps must be effectively followed for CAD to BIM conversion:

1. The very first step is to open Revit software and import CAD based drawing files drafted in AutoCAD into Revit.  A very important thing to be kept in mind while importing is that 2D drawing files must be imported by elevation level in Revit.

2. For importing one must go in the import menu and click insert drawing file.  Then, by giving the path of location of CAD drawing, it will successfully import the 2D cad drawings into Revit.

3. The next step after importing is to draw building components like walls, doors, windows, roofs etc. over imported 2D cad drawing.

4. We can easily find the building components which are already present in Revit families by default.  One can also create customized families in Revit as per client’s specifications.

In this way 3D BIM model can be easily created from 2D CAD drawings.


1. A BIM model provides a high level of construction documentation which is very useful at the time of construction for contractors and structural engineers at site.  CAD based designing does not usually provide such kind of documentation as a result of it being too much work and time to create this documentation.  Revit is simplified modeling in many ways.

2. For 3D BIM models created in Revit, a number of users can work in a single file.  In AutoCAD only a single user can access and work at a time.

3. Revit provides the ability of storing all project data in a single file.  In AutoCAD there can be multiple files for a single project.

Thus BIM can be considered the most organized and quicker process for moving towards construction faster.

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Laser Scanning Direct in Solidworks

Laser Scanning Direct in Solidworks

Sunday, January 8, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

Laser Scanning Direct in Solidworks

Reverse engineering has shown itself to be very noteworthy for most trades that require new or improved products.  Industry businesses were able to individually see the benefits of reverse engineering for digital correction and renew, restricted data acquisition, commercial product edit, military espionage, access restriction circumvention and educational purposes throughout the demonstration by ReverseEngineering.com of their newest products at SolidWorks World in San Antonio, Texas early this year.

The company offers savvy customers with reverse engineering add-ons, specifically the latest scanning direct in Solidworks product.  This application by ReverseEngineering.com is their initial product to be marketed with direct laser.

It might sound overly technical, but reverse engineering is actually being used by industries that are required to determine the exact geometry of a product, device or system, or how it works.  Simply told, the software provided by ReverseEngineering.com allows industries to analyze physical parts to comprehend its surface geometry.  After this is done, industries are able to modify or improve the design of such parts, or create a completely new piece with additional functionality.

Amid the trades that gain an advantage through ReverseEngineering.com’s scanning direct in Solidworks and other software include the Metal Fabrication, Aerospace, Military, Tool and Die and Automotive industries.†  Their new reverse engineering products in Solidworks were initially distributed at the convention and multiple prospective clients had an opportunity to test drive these products.

Reverse engineering has come a long way from the time since it was primarily utilized to provide military advantage to a certain sector.  New methods are seemingly being developed nowadays no longer just for military purposes but more importantly to provide documentation for parts that are incomplete or which would prove to be more helpful once updated.†

ReverseEngineering.com was founded in 1986 to answer the worldwide rising requirements for 3D engineering applications, Computer Aided Design software, systems for Computer Aided Manufacturing and other scanning devices.  Over the years, their product line has increased and improved, thanks to comments from clients and the modernization of the entire 3D capturing methodology.

Many engineers from all over the world receive assistance from reverse engineering and laser scanning.  For one, they are easily able to check on a model and resolve issues concerning assemblies and fitting.  These laser scanning machines permit engineers to obtain the dimensions of machine or any pieces extremely efficiently.

ReverseEngineering.com’s laser scanning application is highly in demand for utilization in part analyzing, tooling and mold certification and alignment in the Aerospace and Automotive industries.  The software is also highly used for prototype parts scanning and mold and die inspection in Metal Fabrication industry.

Companies that contain machines that have never been provided with 3D CAD drawings because they are legacy systems can also get assistance through reverse engineering software.  Even parts or models with complex surfaces can be efficiently studied with reverse engineering software.

The secret to upholding a business’ competitive edge is to have applications that will ensure business processes like overhaul, repair and maintenance are efficient and more streamlined.  By making use of reverse engineering software, companies achieve this and beyond.

This information was brought to you by Reverse Engineering, a worldwide premier resource offering several integrated solutions for turbo-charging your reverse engineering MicroScribe process while providing a “model as you go” environment.

Solidworks Yacht Tutorial

Solidworks Yacht Tutorial

Monday, December 12, 2016 | By | Add a Comment

Solidworks Yacht Tutorial

Hello my readers, so I wanted to talk today about an incredible tutorial that I stumbled upon from searching the web for Solidworks tutorials.  This tutorial is the creation of a full sized yacht and a truck and trailer to transport your completed yacht to the high seas for your virtual adventures abroad.  This Solidworks yacht tutorial is incredible, and so is the designer.  His name is Jan-Willem Zuyderduyn and he is the Solidworks expert who posts his wonderful tutorials on a website called www.LearnSolidWorks.com for members to access.  But, in order to take part in his tutorials and community, you must become a member.  And, as I said once before, everything has a price….and so does becoming a member and accessing his yacht tutorial and other tutorials is absolutely not free, and for good reason!  I mean, would you offer free tutorials of your hard work that you spent countless hours toiling over and perfecting for anyone to use your creations to their benefit and gain your tricks of the trade when you could and should be making more money instead of them?  I didn’t think so….

The price of the yacht course is quite high, but if you are willing to fork out the $220 or possibly more, then you can gain a wealth of valuable information and skills in learning and using Solidworks from a certified Solidworks instructor who continually updates his website and forums.  For anyone wanting to learn and increase their skills and knowledge in Solidworks, this is absolutely one site that you should consider as an aid to upgrade your Solidworks design skills.  Jan is also available to e-mail and assist you if you ever have any questions for him as well.

There are a lot of tutorials out there claiming to give you the skills and expertise you need to become a better Solidworks designer, but only a very few really deliver.  LearnSolidWorks.com is one of those sites that is developed for a community of Solidworks designers in order to provide new or experienced Solidworks designers some advanced projects to develop the skills they need to increase their abilities with Solidworks.

AutoCAD 3D Cottage

AutoCAD 3D Cottage

Thursday, May 26, 2016 | By | Add a Comment

AutoCAD 3D Cottage

Hello everybody, I just recently completed a fun little AutoCAD project that I wanted to share with you, which is an AutoCAD 3D Cottage.  It is a simple design and the materials and textures involved in the project make it look like an old, rustic, mountain getaway cottage.  It is a fun little day project and it is good practice for anyone who is into graphic design or drafting and design to work with and learn some fundamental tools and capabilities of the program.

The tutorials, which are shown above, are very nicely presented (maybe with the exception of the music), and are very thorough and detailed compared with most tutorials and videos of this nature that you will find on video streaming services such as YouTube.  Yet, as it is with many tutorials you find online, there are also a couple of problem areas that I came across while following the procedures, and I would like to share these with you.

The first is the IMPRINT command, which was used in the video to merge the outline of the foot path to the ground area in front of the cottage in order to form a combined entity with divided face features for pasting the grass and rock materials to their designated areas.  This command did not work the way it was shown in the video at all, and I was left to design my own extruded foot path and move the created foot path extrusion into place.

The second problem area is applying the rock material to the bottom foundation sides of the cottage.  As you can see from my pictures, the rock material resulted in vertical lines on left and right sides of the cottage, as compared to what the rock material was supposed to look like in the front and back sides.  I tried to change the sample and offset settings for the material image, as well as rotating the material image and bump texture image as well, but to no avail.  Maybe if I had messed around a little bit more with the material properties, I might have come up with a solution, but the resulting rendering of the cottage shows the stripes on the left and right sides.  Maybe we can pretend that it has wood siding on the left and right foundation sides for now!

Also, I did not complete the tutuorial in its entirety and added the ground leaves that are shown in the tutorial in my project.  But, the end result still came out looking not too bad.  Maybe there are some grizzly, log cabin, mountain pioneer drafters out there that can out do me.  Whatdya think?

Adaptive Revit Railing

Adaptive Revit Railing

Tuesday, March 29, 2016 | By | Add a Comment

Adaptive Revit Railing

So lately I have been working on a Revit project that involves the creation of a large corporate office building with attached recreational and exercise facilities, and I came across the difficulty of being able to place a railing on a custom made set of circular concrete stairs that I created to lead up to the set of exterior doors located on both the north and south sides of the east corporate office wing of the building.

So, after many failed attempts of inserting the rail system either by host or sketch, as well as editing the parameters associated with the railing families, I decided my only known option was to attempt to manually create an adaptive railing.  And the outcome is what you see in the pictures above.

This just so happens to be my first attempt ever at making an adaptive component, so I used the video above as my guide.  It is a good video, although it happens to miss some points including how to make a multi-baluster railing as well as how to make the railing in U.S. standard measurements instead of metric.  It is still a very informative video, and a good starting point for anyone who feels the need or inspiration to begin creating adaptive components in Revit.

As you can see, my railing still needs some degree of work to be done.  It is not perfect and I ran across a number of problems including the sloping of the bottom portions of the railing, as well as the irregular ellipse-like balusters.  Also, I need to be able to change the material of the railing as well, so it appearss as the standard dull, anonyomous, greyish material and I have yet to add the material change as a parameter in the family parameters.  But, still not a bad first attempt if I do say so myself.  What do you think?  Be honest.