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HOW TO: Convert a Surface or Solid


Setup Assumptions

This article describes how to convert surface and solid geometry from Rhino to Revit with the Conveyor tools.

  • Revit Requirements: None
  • Rhino Requirements: Solid objects assigned to a component family category.
    • Objects can be converted as either Families or DirectShapes

Workflow with Rhino – Surface/Solids

1. (Rhino) Create a surface or solid shape

Create a solid or surface object in Rhino representing a design element.

2. (Rhino) Assign the object to a component category

Assign the surface or solid to a component family category using the Conveyor UI or layers.

Save the Rhino file.

3. (Revit) Launch Rhino Conveyor and select saved Rhino 3DM file

In the Rhino Conveyor panel, select the Rhino 3DM containing the object(s). Verify the listing of elements and select as needed.

4. (Revit) Set the import setting from Family to DirectShape

For components, you can select between Family or DirectShape import options. Families are slower to import but are more flexible. DirectShapes are faster to create but are limited afterwards.

5. (Revit) Load selected objects into Revit

Load the selected surfaces and solids into Revit.


Modify and Update Families

1. (Rhino) Modify the surface/solid objects

Adjust or edit the surface or solid objects in Rhino.

Save the Rhino file.

2. (Revit) Refresh the file in Rhino Conveyor to review changes

Refresh the Rhino file in the Rhino Conveyor panel. Review the updated elements for changes.

3. (Revit) Load the updated elements

Reload the elements into the model. The Family or DirectShape elements will update with the new geometry.


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