Revit MEP

Revit MEP

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

STL Exporter for Revit Platform 2009

Create 3D Prints of your Revit 2009 models. As architects and engineers start their digital designs earlier and keep them digital for longer, they want a way to still physically interact with their designs. With the economical availability of 3D printers this has become possible. 3D printed models increasingly serve as a critical part of the design process to study design options and improve communication between project members and owners. The STL Exporter for the Revit 2009 family of products is a proof of concept project that we are working on. It is designed to take a 3D Revit building information model and create an STL file that can be used for 3D Printing. We invite you to take it for a spin and see what you think. We look forward to hearing your feedback.

To Get Started

  1. Download the ZIP package that cantinas the installer, installation and user instructions, and a feedback form from Autodesk Labs.
  2. Unzip the downloaded ZIP file.
  3. Follow the Read Me file to install the STL Exporter.
  4. The next time you open Revit 2009 you will see a new option called Export STL under the Tools::External Tools menu.

To Use It

  1. Load a model and select a 3D view that you want to use as the bases for your print.
  2. Using the instructions in the Read Me file set up your 3D view in the one of the Revit 2009 family of products.
  3. Export the model using the command under the Tools::External Tools menu.
  4. Make any required changes to the STL file using an STL viewer.
  5. Print the STL file using a 3D Printer.
  6. Enjoy the fruits of your labor!

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