Three ways detailing in Revit is easier than AutoCAD

Should you create your building project details in AutoCAD or Revit? If you’re already an AutoCAD user, you should go with what you know. Before you get started, though, consider these three ways detailing in Revit could make things easier for you.

Setting line weights


In AutoCAD, the ability to set multiple layers and adjust color, line type, line weight, etc., within each layer provides a meticulous amount of control. Depending on the complexity of your project, it can also be overwhelming. On the other hand, Revit offers a streamlined approach to setting line weights. You can adjust the cut or projection line weights of any object via the Manage tab and Object Styles dialog to set projection. For example, by selecting the Walls category, you can quickly adjust the line weight by changing the value in the drop-down next to the category. Watch how to adjust your own line weights in Setting Line Weights of our course on Creating Detail Drawings in Revit.  

Adding structural details


When wanting to add structural details in AutoCAD, unless you have the time or a team to focus on creating the detail elements, it can be very time consuming. Revit, however, comes with plenty of components for your detail drawings in a Detail family folder available for you in 3D view as well as a side view.  There’s no need to spend anytime drawing and saving these elements manually. Find out how easy it is to add structural details in the Adding Structural Details lesson of our course on Creating Detail Drawings in Revit.

Placing connections and finishing details

finishingdetails Similar to placing structural details, you can also load and place connections and finishing details with ease by just clicking the detail you want and dragging it into place. In AutoCAD, you’re faced with having to draft a connection detail, which can be quite time consuming. Dragging an element into place as opposed to having to draw, copy and paste it several times, is a much more efficient approach. Follow along and see how to place convenient finishing details in your drawings in the Placing Connections and Finishing Details lesson of our course on Creating Detail Drawings in Revit.     If you utilize imported AutoCAD details in Revit, these are three reasons to look forward to the process.  Take advantage of these features and look for ways to enhance the comprehension of your detail drawings and minimize how often you manually create structural and finishing details. Throughout this month, enjoy free CAD tutorials as part of CAD Month 2015.