Some architects like to begin their design in CAD software tools. CAD drawings are then imported/linked in Revit to be used as references/underlay. REVIT model geometry is then built by tracing over elements in CAD file. Another popular reason to import CAD files into Revit is to use them for detailing purposes. If you already have some details drafted in CAD, you may import them in Drafting view and use them in Revit. These imported details will not be converted to Revit details and thus would lack the features of Revit. But, you can still use them as they are.
You can either import a CAD file or you can link it. If you expect the CAD file to change, it is best to link it. If the CAD file is revised, then you can simply reload the linked files in Revit and see those changes. However, if you do not expect the CAD file to change, it is best to Import it.
Learn how to link layouts created in a CAD drawing into Revit with this Video Tutorial – by Balkan Architect
Step by Step Guide
- Link a CAD File
- Import a CAD File
- Explode Imported Geometry
- Scaling for Imported CAD Files
- Query Objects in Layers
- Hide Layers in CAD Files
- Delete Layers in CAD Files
- Control Graphic Overrides for Linked Files
- Import and Link Options
To further practice your skills in linking a CAD drawing, please use the Tutorial below. In this tutorial, you will learn to,
- To prepare CAD file before importing
- To link a CAD file in Revit
- Move tool
- PIN/UNPIN tool
- Controlling the visibility of the CAD file
- Manage the linked CAD file
Practice Tutorial: “Link CAD Drawing“
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