Can one create a surface pattern for Revit representing a Herringbone pattern measuring 230mm x 1500mm? This was a question posed to me this week. There are many instances where custom patterns may be applicable. However, it may be wise to choose patterns that are compliant with one’s software, or that one makes the decision to have a pattern represents the idea of the pattern one needs, and use a legend.
- The pattern is shown below.
- Notice how this pattern repeats every 69 meters!
- For those that know how PAT files are created, this already spells potential trouble. Luckily this pattern is predictable and one would be able to create the pat file using Excel formulae. I estimate the pattern will be 1104 lines of code long!
- The difficulty is that Revit can not manage such a large pattern! As in the screenshot below, it seems the Revit limit is set to 30 480mm.
- Vote for this idea if you think Revit should have a built-in interface to create hatch patterns by sketching them:
- An alternative is to import the cad pattern into Revit from AutoCAD and then to explore it. This creates a Revit filled region that has the AutoCAD pattern transformed into a Revit pattern.
- This pattern is then available for use on a surface pattern.
- If the pattern cannot be interpreted by Revit (too large in this case) then it will fill as a solid pattern regardless of whether the CAD is imported (green) or linked in (red).
- It would also be great if there were more built-in patterns for tiling and flooring that might allow items like the Herringbone pattern but adjustable parameters. It would also be useful if the individual tiles were to have an appearance asset attached to them. If you like this idea, vote for it here:
- Alternatively, either consider using building elements and finishes that are repeatable over shorter distances.
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