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Forms: Creating a Revolve form

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In this article we are going to take a look at how to create a solid Revolve form, from within the Conceptual Design Environment. If you are totally new to the Conceptual Design Environment (or CDE) within Revit, I suggest that you may wish to read this article first.



By far the simplest way of explaining this is to just show you step-by-step how to do it. So here goes! We start off by creating a “New Conceptual Mass” family. This in turn starts the “Conceptual Design Environment” in which we are going to form our Revolve.



Two things are required to create a Revolve. A straight line (which acts as the axis for the revolved form) and a closed profile (which is the element that is revolved around the axis to create the form.


Please Note: Both the axis and the profile need to be on the same work plane. If you create them on different work planes, Revit will create a different form for you (ie NOT a Revolve)


So here’s our axis………….



And here’s our closed loop. I’ve just drawn something at random for the purposes of this exercise…..




In order to create my Revolve, all I need to do is select both (the axis and the closed loop) and then hit “Create Form”….



And our Revolve is created before our eyes………



If I only want a “partial” Revolve, I can select the Revolve itself (you may have to TAB through different selections until you find the complete Revolve form) and then adjust the Start and Einish angles in it’s Properties panel….



In the above image I have adjusted the End Angle to 270 degrees. This results in a Revolve which looks like this………


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