Sunday, December 2, 2007

Need Floor to Floor (Level to Level) 3D Views?

Over the past month or so, I've had a few people ask me how they could get a 3D view of each individual floor for exporting out or just for presentation purposes. It's definitely do-able, but it just takes a little bit of setup to accomplish it.

1. Select any one of the overall building elevations and make as many copies as floor needed...one for each floor.

2. Rename them to something that will correlate each one to the floor it’s going to look at.

3. In each elevation, turn on the crop region and crop the elevation from Level to Level…i.e. Level 1 to Level 2. The crop region should snap to each level.

4. Once all the elevations are created, you’ll need to make the same number of 3D Views that basically duplicate the names of what you just did for the elevations.

5. For each 3D View, you will open one at a time and do the following to each one...
a. Go to the View (pulldown menu)->Orient->To Other View
b. From the list, select the Elevation name that corresponds to the 3D View name.
c. This will give you a “flat” 3D elevation, which you can orbit to view in 3D.

At this point, you are ready to do what you need to do... exporting to dwf, dwg, etc. or creating presentation views. If you are going out to dwg, you will have to do a little cleanup as the Section Box will be present.

4 comments:

Revitator said...

Good tip.

You don't actually need to set up the elevations to get this effect: Just use 'orient to view' and pick a floor plan view.

Dwane Lindsey said...

Thanks. Yes, you are correct but orienting to the plan view typically doesn't give you the full height of the level...it usually goes to the top range of the view range, which is typically set at 7'-6".

Anonymous said...

That is a good tip. Orienting to plan view never seem to work for me. However, I cant snap the viewport box to the levels so it still doesnt really work in a good way... Any ideas why this is?

Dwane Lindsey said...

My guess is that you are orienting to the plan view first. If you orient to the plan view first, you won't see the levels, thus not being able to snap to the levels. Make sure you are orienting to the Elevation view first, then adjust the crop region to the levels. Then, orbit the view to get a "plan" cut-away.