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Forms: Creating a Surface

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In this article we are going to take a look at how to create a Surface 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.

 

 

In other articles we have looked at how to create solid 3D forms such as Lofts, Sweeps and Revolves. But we can also use the “Create Form > Solid Form” tool to create a solid planar surface.

 

Compared with the other solid forms we have looked at, this one is by far the easiest to create- which means this article is going to be pretty short!.

 

Let’s start with a new “Conceptual Mass” family template…..

 

 

To start with, I am going to create just a single plane- really, just to show you how easy it is. But you can just as easily create far more complex and convoluted surfaces.

 

 

First, I simply draw a line. I’m going to use an Arc, just to make my Surface a little more interesting. Here is my arc….

 

 

 

Now with my arc selected, I simply hit the “Create Form” button….

 

 

And my Surface form is created like so……….

 

 

 

And there you have it! As I said before, you can of course create more complex surfaces by using multi-segment lines. Here is an example…..

 

 

 


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