Revit to SketchUp to Twilight in 5 Steps

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Revit to SketchUp to Twilight in 5 Steps

Post by Fletch » Thu Sep 10, 2009 1:23 pm

Step 1 - Export From Revit
In Revit be sure you are in a 3D view:
Export>CAD Formats
----->Options
---------->Solids (3D views only)
---------->Export as polymesh>OK
Save As Type> AutoCAD 2004 DWG Files>don't change anything else... should be "Automatic, Long" and "Current View"
----->Give File a Name>SAVE

Step 2 - Import Into SketchUp
In new SU file:
Import>.dwg file type
--------->find your exported dwg from Revit step above
>Options
----->Merge Coplanar Faces=Check
----->Orient Faces Consistently=NO
----->Units=Feet
----->Preserve Drawing Origin=Check

Step 3 - Make SketchUp Do The Work
On Didier Bur's website:
Download and Use his amazing ruby:
layers_materials.rb (context-click link>save link as)

This tool in SketchUp lets you paint things in the SketchUp file automatically by the layer they are on. Since your Revit model should be drawn on layers, this should come in very handy to automatically paint all your glass or window frames or walls almost instantly.

Here's the tutorial PDF for using it.

Using that tool, the first option creates 'dummy' materials named for each layer in your model.
Modify each material it creates or delete a material and create your own with the identical name to the one you deleted.
Then, using that Layers and Materials tool, option 3 will automatically paint any material onto the surfaces on the layer for which it is named.

Keep in mind, that this is not a science, but an art, as some Revit models are frustratingly inaccurate beasts... (and CurtainWalls will all come in on the same layer and apparently you cannot change this in Revit.)

Step 4 - Apply Material Templates to the materials created in SketchUp with the ruby in Step 3.
(or skip this part and render with Clay Render presets)
Follow this video tutorial to learn how in 5 minutes.

Step 5 - Render your image.

Follow this video tutorial series on Rendering in Twilight.
Anyone with other opinions/easier way, please let me know!

Fletch
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Re: Revit to SketchUp to Twilight in 5 Steps

Post by Fletch » Mon Sep 02, 2013 8:12 pm

Revit Users, are you new to SketchUp? You will definitely benefit from this rare, highly detailed, step-by-step tutorial just for you!

VIDEO TUTORIAL
:>: Revit 2 SketchUp Tutorial for Revit users new to SketchUp and Twilight

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