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    Are there any examples of Dynamo for "normal" architecture?

    It seems like everything is for swooping, curvy forms which is great, but most buildings don't have that. I'm wondering if there are more "tame" uses for Dynamo.

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    Some searching past the first few pages of a google result should reveal a number of people playing with Dynamo to automate model management (sheets, views, etc) and data-population/extraction - they'll never hit the top (result) spot because of the (deserved) excitement for Dynamo's power with iterative-design-testing* - but they're there.

    (sorry no specific links - I steer clear of such things)

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    One example I saw in a class I took at AU was making the bottom of columns align with the bottom of a wall ... here's the handout from the class.
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    I think one overlooked thing with Dynamo is it's ability to query the model. I would start by looking into that, it will more than likely give you ideas on when/where you can use it.

    Oh yeah Ryan how are you doing in St. Louis.

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    thanks for the input guys, i'm definitely going to start looking at using it for querying for quality control

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    Quote Originally Posted by ryntau View Post
    thanks for the input guys, i'm definitely going to start looking at using it for querying for quality control
    We did a project where we used Dynamo to drive & optimize the parameters of some custom made parametric window awnings for solar shading on a commercial building.

    We're currently working on some Dynamo Nodes that will help us with automating some of our more boring fabrication processes.

    While the curvy stuff gets the attention, there's lots of pragmatic uses for Dynamo.

    Whenever you need to automate something within Revit, or make Families in Revit be smarter than they can be out-of-the-box; but you DON'T need to solve the problem for all time, Dynamo is a perfect project-level solution.

    If it is something you're going to run into a lot, like if you work on huge project and find yourself constantly needing to re-number doors / windows / whatever, well for something like that a dedicated plug-in is probably better. You can totally do it in Dynamo, but it would be a lot easier to just use a plugin for it instead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ryntau View Post
    It seems like everything is for swooping, curvy forms which is great, but most buildings don't have that. I'm wondering if there are more "tame" uses for Dynamo.
    There's definitely many stuff you could do. Dynamo's basically a programming "language", just a "visual programming language" instead of the usual text base ones. So nearly everything which a plugin written in C# can do can also be done in Dynamo (sometimes a lot easier even).

    As a sample, I've had an issue with finding duplicate parking bays on a multi-level parking basement. Only those duplicates which were exactly placed on the same spot were noted as warnings, some "duplicates" might be fractions off and thus not indicated as a warning. This I solved through Dynamo: http://www.revitforum.org/third-part...ate-items.html (at the time extending it a bit with Python to make it run faster, but the current Dynamo has similar concepts to those hashtables I used in Python).
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    Ryntau, have you checked out the tutorials at Dynamobim.org?

    They showcase a variety of uses for 'real world' architectural application including but not limited to: Sunlight analysis, panel orientation, scheduling out panels and the use of adaptive trusses.

    I'm lapping up all I can find at present - am going to begin playing to see what I can do and will be trying to create something Architectural from it. Will be posting my progress on here when I get time to do it.

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    Håvard Vasshaug did a nice video tutorial on how to solve "the door hinge side reporting problem" with dynamo.

    Door Swing Direction in Revit | Håvard Vasshaug
    Check out his blog, by the way, massive!

    Also Konrad Sobon did a "my-year-in-dynamo" blog post, summing up his journey into automating all kind of tedious tasks..
    the year of dynamo by archi-lab | archi-lab

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    Quote Originally Posted by amoursol View Post
    Ryntau, have you checked out the tutorials at Dynamobim.org?
    The problem with dynamobim.org is that it seems like its a bunch of people that have really moved far down the chain and are very advanced, so all of the stuff seems hard to understand. I try to keep tabs on it, but I'm still learning it.

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