Thursday, March 27, 2008

Surface Patterns in Revit Architecture 2009

A neat improvement in Revit Architecture is the ability to add fill patterns to warped surfaces and cylinders. In Revit Architecture 2008 you could not add fill patterns on these geometric forms, it would display the colour of the material but not the surface hatch pattern. If you take a look at the image below you will see what I mean; the inplace family wall and the warped roof are unable to show hatch patterns on their surfaces.

The same model migrated across in 2009 shows the same geometry but now you can use the fill pattern tools on the warped and freeform faces.

There seems no way to adjust the rotation of the pattern in the view, but you can set up a custom hatch pattern with a rotation already applied to match the surface.

If you take a look at the wall below you will see that using the modified hatch pattern with a rotation included; the pattern now runs parallel to the surface as you would expect.

1 comment :

m.merkel said...


Thank you for the info. Has there been any improvements in this area? I have created a "Wall by Face" wall that has a surface pattern applied, and the pattern is distorted/warped. Unfortunately, it is not a simple rotation error, it seems more complicated. See the elevation here:

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated, thank you!