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Sun, Apr 20, 2014 at 11:52:40 PM | FILE SIZE AND REPETITIVE ITEMS

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I am working on a project that will have some wall surfaces clad with corrugated metal. 

For speed, I just constructed a quick in place model of one corrugation and then arrayed it.  That got me wondering. Is it more efficient for Revit to array a single simple item such as a corrugation, say 80 times, or is it more efficient to design a repetitive single object that models the 80 corrugations in a wall?


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Mon, Apr 21, 2014 at 12:25:38 PM | FILE SIZE AND REPETITIVE ITEMS

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The most efficient is to NOT model the corrugations.  Use a material!


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Mon, Apr 21, 2014 at 3:43:54 PM | FILE SIZE AND REPETITIVE ITEMS

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That's obvious, and most times I wouldn't, but in this case I need to see the corrugations in perspective views for the client's benefit.

Meanwhile, what is the answer to the question? 


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Mon, Apr 21, 2014 at 3:51:59 PM | FILE SIZE AND REPETITIVE ITEMS

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Unless you are very close, materials work for perspective views.

You don't say if you are using in-place or normal families.  Don't array or copy in-place families because each one becomes a new definition.

 

I can't emphasize enough that if you model these, you are making a mistake.  This site has good Revit materials for metal siding:

http://www.steelselect.com/content/viewresource.php?id=4289&s=lmenu

 


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