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Tue, Aug 4, 2009 at 4:01:20 PM | How can I get a lumber section symbol?




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I amusing the structural lumber from the Structural/Beam System which loads in a family called "Dimension Lumber".

In section I would like to see the graphic cross section symbol for a section cut that is essentially an X filling that rectangle. I think that means editing the dimension lumber family. Does anyone know how to do that?I am using Revit 2008.  Thanks

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Did you look in your detail families in your library?  They are in there.  Detail Components/wood and plastic/ wood framing/ xxx section.rfa

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Tue, Aug 4, 2009 at 5:55:06 PM | How can I get a lumber section symbol?



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Just to further WW's answer which is correct but short and sweet.


Finishing off the internal 'section' display is often left up to 2d 'detail components'. You overlay the 'X' by inserting the applicable 2d detail compenent in the 'section' view only. It uses a masking region to obscure other objects and provides the 'X' you want. However it is an extra step and that is how REVIT was designed to be used.


Although you could pain-stakingly add an extruded 'X' right in the dimensional lumber family to 'automatically' create the 'X' when cut in section it goes against the way the program was designed and would inevitably slow down your model by cluttering it with unnessesary content.


You can also use 'materials' to gain sectional display but you cannot achieve the 'X' condition with materials.


* You need to read up on 'Detailing and Detail Components'. The idea is this:


The REVIT 3d model creates the physical / spacial elements to about 98%. When you start cutting sections and callouts you have to 'enhance' what REVIT produces with 2d Detailing and Detail Components that are placed (superimposed) in the section and callout views. The 2d 'detail components', detail linework and annotations are specific to that view only. The sectional 'X's, anchor bolts, blocking, cant strips, flashing, fasteners, insulation, cross hatching, masonry block units, steel decking, diaphram angles, braces, break lines, shear plates, expansion bolts, (joists) ..... are all superimposed in 2d in the section views. Get used to it because that's how she works : )


Then you add your text, dimensions, annotations, keynotes and tags etc.


Hope this helps.  



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