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Introduction to Revit 2020 Massing tools

Massing introduction tutorial to create non-uniform building geometries.

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Hi, and welcome to this introduction course for Revit massing. Have you ever seen buildings like these and wondered ‘what tool could I use in Revit to model such beautiful buildings?’ Normally these buildings are not created in the basic project environment. Such buildings are created in a different environment

Called massing, and massing in Revit is our subject for today. Let’s go to Revit! You can simply go to Revit menu click new family and navigate to conceptual mass, select the mass template, click open this is how you start a massing

Environment if you are using a different version like Autodesk Revit 2020 you select families new conceptual mass metric mass when you’re inside this environment you will see that you don’t have the tools you might be familiar with. You have three tools instead, model, reference and plan and all of these

Tools are creating lines or shapes. In the drawing environment you will see that we have a level in 3d. We also have two reference planes intersecting in the middle that are vertical to your level. If you want to activate any of them all

You have to do is just select it. How do I keep track of which level is activated you simply go to work plan click show and this will show you which level is activated right now if I select this vertical plane you’ll see that it’s

Automatically highlighted so start from this point I’ll show you now how to use the basic tools of massing. Let’s start with a basic rectangle. If I create a rectangle like that, and then I press escape or modify go

Back and select it, now you see that we have a modified panel that can actually use to create forms out of the shape click the Create form to solid form and you will see immediately that it creates an extrusion out of this rectangle you

Can modify this extrusion freely by pressing one of these arrows. you can also skew it in one of these Directions X or Y you might also want to create a void form I’m going to select that new shape and now I will choose void form

This creates a void form that is automatically subtracted from that model now we’ve created a subtraction there are mainly five main tools that we use in Revit for modeling so for modeling geometries you can either use extrude, sweep, blend, swept blend or revolve.

Let me show you these one by one. Now to create a blend, I need two levels. A blend is a blend between two shapes two different shapes in different levels or different heights so I’m going to switch to create menu

And select the datum level now I’ll create my level let’s say it 50,000 millimeters on the first level I’ll create a rectangle, on the second level by selecting it I’ll create a different rectangle now if you select these together by pressing ctrl you can select both and then click create form that

Creates a blend between these two shapes even if you create the third option is going to be sweet and to create a sweep I’m going to create the path first by pressing multiple points using the SP lines through points tool I can create

My path for the sweep now the next step is going to be selecting one of these points as a reference plane then drafting our section of the profile and that so I’ll go back to set word plane click one of these dots and then start creating my profile assuming that my

Profile is different shape now I can go back and select my bath first control and select the section click create form and that’s it now you have a sweep. Similar to a sweep, there is an option to create a swept

Blend I’ll go back and do the same steps as we’ve done with the first sweep after hitting the first section I’ll go back and set my work plane again to the other point, and from there I’m going to create a different shape now I’m going

To select each one of these now I’m going to select all of them by pressing ctrl to select and then create form. and you end up with a different result. For the last tool that we’re going to use I’m going to use a reference plane that

Is vertical I’ll create a section first then I will create on the same plane a vertical line that will work as my revolve axis select both pressing ctrl key trade cord and now we have a revolve. I’m going to skip to the next step

Let’s first delete all these shapes start on a clean sheet now the example I wanted to show you is this particular tower this particular tower is interesting to me because it has a different section that transforms creating such an interesting geometry let’s see how we’re going to achieve

This geometry. in the top view I’m going to create a rectangle I will assume a dimension of 20 by 20 I’ll move my shape in center then using the line tool I’ll create small chamfers and use the mirror tool to mirror them. Then use the trim to

Trim the corner to finish the check now to copy this in 3d to a higher level I’m going to switch to one of my elevations select that shape, select copy then if you want to copy it right now, it shows you that you can only copy it into

This level. but if you unchecked constrain then you’re free to copy it wherever you like! I’m going to copy it to a height of 30 then going back to 3d I’ll choose that newly created profile rotate it by 45 degrees

Now my two shapes are in place I’ll go back to my elevation and repeat the same steps now if I select two of these shapes click create one you’ll see a normal blend that we’ve seen before let me undo that and try selecting all of

Them together by selecting all of these shapes Revit automatically recognizes that you want to create a blend between all of them and that’s it the concept is done within five minutes! If I select the top shape, I can also re-scale it to have a different shape I hope you’ve liked this

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