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Thu, Oct 25, 2007 at 9:12:58 PM | Three-Dimensional Tile Roof




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I’m a new user and am hoping to transition from primarily using Autocad to primarily using Revit. Right now I’m up against a serious issue for me, which is the lack of a good barrel tile roof. I found some patterns here and figured out how to apply them, but the result is very two-dimensional, particularly at the eaves. I also managed to associate a bitmap of a tile roof (essentially a jpg of some tile installed) to the file, but it doesn’t seem to do anything at all. I’m left with a flat contact-paper look which I would hesitate to show to a client - in both plan and elevation I can do much better with just Autocad. The lack of a good tile roof seems a curious omission, when I’d guess many of the engineers at Autodesk in San Rafael live in homes with tile roofs, but then again Autodesk often seems to be more interested in servicing the commercial building industry than those of us in residential design. 

Any suggestion as to where to find a three-dimensional tile roof or how to make one? Many thanks to those who reply!

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Thu, Oct 25, 2007 at 10:40:09 PM | Three-Dimensional Tile Roof


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There are methods of modelling the tiles in Revit and there are numerous posts here and on AUGI on how to do so.

That said, the overhead of doing this to the model really bogs it down and is really only viable on small projects, which is why its not a command that is blatantly obvious.

Remember Revit is primarily a documentation tool and secondarily a design tool and finally a Presentation Tool.  If you want realistic renderings Autodesk currently expect us to export to another application such as VIZ or MAX to achieve the display you require.  In these apps you can achieve the 3D look without actually modelling it in 3D.

The bmp file you refer to only effects the display when its rendered...





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Tue, Nov 4, 2008 at 12:43:15 PM | Three-Dimensional Tile Roof




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I', also a new user in Revit, so far I was making my drafts in ADT and modellying stuff in Max. I started Revit and really expected something new. Now I'm not saying I don't like what Revit gives me, I think I am at the end of total transition in its media, but ... I've seen colleagues of mine working with ArchiCAD, and this same problem has been solved there by using a light plug-in wich models some few different types of roof tiles, saving you tons of time both in the architectural design and presentation. I think there is also one such thingy for 3dsMax as well, but I would really like to see something like that in Revit! It will save time, give you a thorough approach to your work and make you plain happy. I thought that was what Revit was all about on the first place.

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Tue, Nov 4, 2008 at 2:24:31 PM | Three-Dimensional Tile Roof



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Hi, in first place Welcome to Revit World, i don't know if this is what do you mean about 3 dimensional tile roof but take a look here:

and see if this is what do you need, if so tell me because that post is in Portuguese but you have here in the Forum another threads about this kind of roof.



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Sun, May 31, 2015 at 3:43:29 AM | Three-Dimensional Tile Roof




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Autocadd is where I also started before knwing revit.. Now using Revit, seems more idealistic for me,


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