Updating Origin of Meshes with MeshLab

A customer had trouble importing some meshes to Revit with my Mesh Import app. The problem was that the origins of those meshes were far from their centers. I fixed them with Meshlab. I got the method to fix them from this forum post. OBJ before: OBJ after: In MeshLab Open the file (File > […]

How to Publish a Pano Tour with Enscape Renderings

There are two easy ways of making rendered pano tours out of Revit. One is to use Autodesk’s cloud rendering service. That method is explained my my post at http://revthat.com/how-to-make-a-pano-tour-from-revit . Another way is to use Enscape. Enscape is a real-time game engine addin for Revit that costs $47 per month. One of its features is making […]

Preparing Meshes for Import to Revit as DirectShape

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This article answers the most common problem customers have when using my Mesh Import from OBJ files app. That app makes Revit elements that are called DirectShape from meshes. A DirectShape may only be made via Revit’s API or other programming methods, not its user interface. The data that may be contained in an OBJ […]

Search for Dynamo Nodes from a Website

For the Beyond AEC Hackathon, I made a WordPress site with a post for each Dynamo node I had installed on my PC. It only has nodes from my packages’ DYF folder, currently. The idea is that it is hard-to-find nodes and their package names through current search methods. The site has an internal search […]

How to Make a Seamless Revit Rendering Texture from a Photo

Take a picture Crop picture. In this case, I chose a 1 x 1 ratio. (I like to use FastStone Image Viewer.) Save in a folder In this example we will start with “Dirt – Dark Brown” OOTB (non-advanced asset Revit 2019, regular asset Revit 2008-2018). The rendering looks like this. Meh Duplicate the material […]

Working With Revit 2019 Advanced Materials

The Revit renderer got an upgrade in version 2019. There are a bunch of new appearance parameters available. The 2008-2018 Materials are now called “Legacy Appearance Assets” in Revit jargon. Let’s Try To Figure This Out Make a scene, starting with the Architectural template. Put a Floor, Railing, Topo, Planting & Camera View. Or download […]

Free(ish) Software For the AEC Professional

Here is some software that I like to use on any computer I am using: Bulk Crap Uninstaller Batch uninstall Windows apps — even on a new install. If I’m not using OneDrive, Candy Crush, Xbox, etc. I don’t really want them taking up space and perhaps other resources. This app lets one uninstall many programs at […]

How To Make A Pano Tour From Revit

Make Camera View from where the center of the spherical rendering will be. I recommend 4 feet from floor for interiors. Test render, confirming lighting, materials, and exposure are correct. Up to Revit 2018, render settings Lighting & Background must be set for each new view, even if it was copied from another view. Select border […]

Converting Revit Panorama Renderings to Equirectangular Projection

Whereas some Web viewers for pano and spherical images require equirectangular projection, but Revit pano cloud rendering makes cube mapping, here is a way to convert those renderings. Make pano rendering from Revit How to… Download your rendering(s)… Extract <image.png> from the .zip Cut the image into six pieces One way to do it is to use https://www.imgonline.com.ua/eng/cut-photo-into-pieces.php […]

Lighting Revit Cloud Rendering Scenes

Autodesk Revit’s cloud rendering service has several settings for lighting scenes. It seems to use HDRI lighting skydomes. By default, it has Native, which has similar lighting to how the rendering will result with the desktop Revit app. Other lighting options will result in dramatically different effects. Once an initial scene is rendered, one can […]