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October 28, 2010


Chris Stevens

Hi, I'm an Architecture Graduate student and have been using Revit for 4 or so years now. I really love your blog posts and am glad to have found the site. I have a question for you that I just ran into, do you take suggested topics that you could address??

Harlan Brumm

Hi Chris, We love suggestions for topics. Please let us know the topic you are interested in and we will try and do our best to cover it. If you need technical support though, as a student, I would recommend going to students.autodesk.com and posting your question there. We'd love to hear your suggestions for a topic though.

Chris Stevens

Ok, thanks. Its a problem I'm having with rendering a material on multiple objects. On the exterior of a building I have 4 'separate' Generic models representing siding (one on north side, west side, etc, and they're not all the same size). Each generic model has the same material applied to it, but with a rendering the materials are not lining up with each other. They all have the same material, but is there any way to adjust the material on a couple of the objects, without having to duplicate and create 4 separate materials for each side of the building?

I hope that makes sense. Maybe I'm the only one with this problem!? If there was a way to show you an image, you might understand it better.

But if you can, I'd appreciate any tutorial dealing with the issue.


Harlan Brumm

Hi Chris,

We have talked about how to do this a little bit. See our post on rotating a material by instance or Type: http://revitclinic.typepad.com/my_weblog/2010/07/rotate-a-material-by-instance-or-type.html

You can use the same method to adjust shift the location of a material so that it lines up correctly.

The key is to zoom into the material so that you can see the surface pattern on it (in a 3D view) and then use the TAB key to select one of the lines of the pattern, You can then use standard tools like move and rotate to position that line where you need it so that it matches the others. I hope this helps you out.

Chris Stevens

Wow, that is super helpful. Just a quick followup, what if I have a material that I created/modified, how do I make a unique surface pattern for it?

Thanks for those tips, that will be super helpful in the future!

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