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2/23/2011 10:45:12 AM
 
gazza01
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Joined 02/21/2011
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adding materials to imported cad models  

Hi Guys,

I am new to this forum and I hope you can help with my revit problem.

I have a database of hundreds of high quality 3D models, Office furniture, accessories, designer chairs, street furnitue etc. (the fruits of more than 25 years work). I want to turn these models into Revit families. I can load the models into Revit without a problem, but I do not seem to be able to change and/or attach materials to the models. I have used the settings - object styles - imported objects and set a colour and material. When I load the saved family into a project and render the material is not what I have attached.

It is getting close to hair-pulling-out time now. I realise it is probably something simple, but I just can't work out where the problem is.

If anyone can help, then I am ready and waiting to hear from you.

many thanks,

gazza01

2/23/2011 1:18:05 PM
 
BIMbeau
2 Posts
Joined 02/21/2011
Re: adding materials to imported cad models
In Response To:  gazza01

Since you said you are 'new' to Revit ...... I'll offer the first thing I would do/check .....

Sometimes when I am changing the material of an object or part of an object, I find it necessary to open the object in the edit family mode after it's been loaded in a project; Once you've opened the family - then click to edit the parts of the object you want to apply new materials to --- and while in that edit mode go over to the 'properties panel' and click on the materials box in the 'materials and finishes' heading.  at which point you can apply a new material or 'select material by catagory'.  There is also a 'button' next to that box --- it may be necessary to click that and add a new parameter.  

Finish - 'load into project' - override ..... choose a 'visual style' (i.e. shaded w/ edges or realistic) to see results ... you may need to at that point edit the object within the project and assign the appropriate material from there. 

You may have already tried all this.... at any rate good luck.



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