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Monday, February 25, 2008

Revit Model exported to 3ds Max with Sample RVT file

Two of our employees were working on a little project linking Revit and Max. Mark created a model in Revit Architecture and exported it to 3ds Max (hold on everyone...it's just 2008, not 2009, but we'll get to that soon enough). Richard took the model and created 6 renderings.

It took Richard 30 hours to create all 6 renderings. That may seem like a long time, but he says it would have taken over 60 hours if he had to do it from an AutoCAD drawing.

Richard's work is exquisite and if you're looking for a an outsourced renderer to give life to your Revit models, visit Richard's site at
www.cubestudiosinc.com and let him know I referred you to him.

Now that Mental Ray will be the rendering engine, we'll see how much more time it saves architects to create high quality renderings from their Revit models.

Click here for the link to the actual Revit model so you can play around with it.

Links:  All Revit Samples Web Page   /   Sample File Download Directory


Jeremy February 26, 2008 at 10:01 AM  

It should be easier with 2009! the thought that the architect could make an attempt at rendering, hand off the file, and all the work he did would be there in max as a starting point. should save rendering specialists alot of time!

Anonymous,  February 26, 2008 at 1:45 PM  

Just a simple question.... How will we be able to produce these nice images from the model above? I mean, I don't see any chairs and tables as Revit families..... Also, I would like to see a plant in the Revit model.... Getting rid of Accurender is a great step forward but adding Mental Ray without any modeling improvements and import/export capabilities will not give the long waited quality for our images.

Gregory Arkin - CADD Centers of Florida February 26, 2008 at 5:52 PM  

The tables, chairs and plants were done in 3ds Max. If you had created the family items in Revit, they would have exported to Max. Everyday the Revit family library grows so it will be easier to do most everything in Revit and then port it to Max for the final rendering.

RAsmus June 22, 2008 at 3:37 PM  

Hey.. it looks awsome!

i have some problems, maybe you can help? I cant import my ,rvt files in to 3DS max? its is revit architecture 2008 and 3DS max 2009? what can be the problem?


Gregory Arkin June 22, 2008 at 4:19 PM  

You actually have to do the following:
Export to fbx type file
Open 3ds Max
Import the fbx file.

Revit RVT files don't directly import into 3ds Max.

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