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Thu, Nov 6, 2008 at 5:18:49 PM | Pattern scaling relative to views

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Hi All! I downloaded a stone pattern from Revit City. I've figured out how to scale it in one view but not for multiple views. For instance, the pattern shows up very well in an elevation at 1/4" = 1'-0" scale but it appears very small at 1/2" = 1'-0". Is there a way to keep the pattern the same size in appearance at different view scales?

Also, another problem related to the pattern, I am having trouble seeing it on tapered and curved surfaces. I've attached a PDF of a project I'm currently working on. The curved and tapered form at the base of the building is a sweep. The material is the same stone pattern and I have verified in the properties dialog box that the pattern and material are applied to it. The other masses that have curved and straight faces show-up just fine. Any suggestions anyone??



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Thu, Nov 6, 2008 at 7:34:18 PM | Pattern scaling relative to views

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If you change the pattern to a drafting pattern rather than a model pattern it will stay the same relative to view scale.  I think that you can import autocad patterns into drafting or model patterns.  If its a revit pattern you may need to redefine it in the text file - look at your help file to find out how, or also look in your pat file fo instructions on how to create fill patterns.

Try to apply a finish to your surface with the paint bucket.  The finish may have been overidden.


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Fri, Nov 7, 2008 at 5:49:53 PM | Pattern scaling relative to views

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Thanks Tim123. I appreciate the reply. I've been able to apply the pattern and figured out how to make it stay the same relative to view scale. However, the pattern I am using is really small in any scale view. I've tried scaling it up but I get an error message "pattern too big" when I scale it past a factor of 8. I've opened the pattern file in Notepad to try modifying the units of the pattern. I typed "%UNITS=FEET" and I get a sytax error in "line 4". The original line was %UNITS=INCH". Can I modify the pattern file in this way to increase its scale?


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Fri, Nov 7, 2008 at 7:32:34 PM | Pattern scaling relative to views

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I don't think that you can use units other than inches or mm, so you need to find the pattern and scale up the numbers within the definition.  The text at the top of the pat file explains what the different numbers mean.

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Tue, Nov 11, 2008 at 2:39:37 AM | Pattern scaling relative to views

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Revit limits the extent to which you can scale a pattern either up or down - I presume to keep the pattern's dimensions within a representable range.

http://www.hatchkit.com.au/faq.php

HatchKit can respecify a pattern definition rescaled beyond either limit so as to be acceptable to Revit.

 

 

 


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Thu, Nov 13, 2008 at 4:40:19 PM | Pattern scaling relative to views

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Tim123 and Hugh: Thanks for your replies. I've played around with the pattern scales and types (model vs. drafting) and have solved the problem by using a different hatch pattern that is similar to the stone pattern I want but is somehow "larger" in scale. The original patter is wethered_edge_limestone_3159. The pattern I am now using is southern_ledgestone_3160, both downloaded from this site. Thanks again!

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