Sunday, April 29, 2012

Revolutions & Open References: Model Out of Your Mind!!!

At the April 2012 LARUG Marcello Sgambelluri presented a new method for modeling or more apt: controlling objects in Revit. He presented the "Open Reference Method" (PART 1) below... Oh, BTW: In the posts, "What If" is a question...even though the statement is made that we never need use the Angle Dimension again; that is for you to decide...the best tool at the right time and all...

So now we have the old-school Angle Dimension method PLUS:
Ride The Rails Method
Open Reference Method
Revolution Method

This was awesome, for nothing if not showing that there is hiding functionality: namely the Arc Angle dimension (not the Arc Length) ...there is no tool for Arc magically shows up when selecting a curved Reference Line...niiiiice.

Anyhow, after he posted this method there were some comments about this not spinning all 360° or that it breaks at 180°...well, as we said at the LARUG: a door with that hinge setup cannot in reality open to 180°, since there are door handles!!!

Well, it seems that even though that is true, Marcello took it on to make a similar rig that does rotate to any (yes ANY) angle and does not break & is very stable (PART 2) below. This is the Revolution Method.

If I may speak to all of LARUG and everyone in RevitLand: If you take nothing else from this outside of inspiration and a new way to think about 'problems' that would be great: to paraphrase one of MS's comments from last week:

'The day I stopped complaining about what the tools can do & how they do things and instead focused on how to get the work done, by using creative solutions and thinking a problem through; was the day I began to have breakthroughs'

'If you look at tools and functionality (even one's you'd like modified) as gifts you will be much more productive!!!'

I completely agree with that idea... There is 'gold' in everything, it's up to us to divine it!!!

I suggest we all take a page from that concept: Think, Try, Try Again Differently: Shampoo/Rinse/Repeat...



Tuesday, April 17, 2012

April 2012 Los Angeles Revit Users Group meeting

Keep an eye out...the cow is Soooo 2011 (although she looks great in 2013)... There is some cool shit going on & coming up so keep in touch!!!

See you @LARUG And remember it's FREE!!!