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    3D Text - Best Practices?

    Hello everyone, got another Q to ask. What's the best practice for extruding text? I'm creating some 3D electrical switchgear families and on the front and top I would like to "tag" the equipment. These files are being used in a BIM coordination with Navisworks. This way when we're flying around the model the tag appears clearly and cleanly.

    Thanks in advance!!
    Tannar Z. Frampton ™
    Frampton & Associates, Inc.

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    Aside from model text, you can always use half of the method I use for creating voided 3d text. Model text > Export to DWG > Import DWG > trace text as in place component.

    Modify that to meet your needs. There are other methods for getting text to work in Navis while in 3d, in fact a friend of mine showed me a really cool script he worked up to get 3d gridlines in navis.
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      #3
      Yeah, that's very common nowadays. I've seen some of the guys create the 3D grid system with the 3D text for the grid identities. Pretty cool indeed, I gotta ask my buddy how he does it, I know he knows how.

      Anyways, thanks for the tip for the approach. I'll see how I do.
      Tannar Z. Frampton ™
      Frampton & Associates, Inc.

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        #4
        Oh wow, now I feel dumb. I never knew about the Model Text option as it's so cleverly hidden on the Architect Tab. This is exactly what I was looking for and didn't realize how simple it was. Thanks again!!

        Tannar Z. Frampton ™
        Frampton & Associates, Inc.

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          #5
          Model text will do the trick - but be sure to place them on a sub-category in the families to enable you to turn them off in Revit, and only have them turned on in an export view.... but now that we can bring .rvt files directly into Navisworks, that won't be enough, and you're going to also have to them as a visibility switch in the family, "off" in Revit, then switched "on" for the save of the model for Navisworks.

          But it's all a bit back & forth - and personally I wouldn't reccomend it. Why not use selection sets and overrides within Navisworks to locate/identify these elements instead? Rememeber adding (modelled geometry) isn't really in keeping with the whole "digital prototype" ideal - and you should aim to leverage the data to do this kind of thing.

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            #6
            Originally posted by snowyweston View Post
            Model text will do the trick - but be sure to place them on a sub-category in the families to enable you to turn them off in Revit, and only have them turned on in an export view.... but now that we can bring .rvt files directly into Navisworks, that won't be enough, and you're going to also have to them as a visibility switch in the family, "off" in Revit, then switched "on" for the save of the model for Navisworks.

            But it's all a bit back & forth - and personally I wouldn't reccomend it. Why not use selection sets and overrides within Navisworks to locate/identify these elements instead? Rememeber adding (modelled geometry) isn't really in keeping with the whole "digital prototype" ideal - and you should aim to leverage the data to do this kind of thing.
            Ah, good tip on the sub-category thing. I'll definitely want to go this route. Thanks again gentlemen.
            Tannar Z. Frampton ™
            Frampton & Associates, Inc.

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              #7
              You could take it a step further and do what I did in THIS post. Basically, I created a generic model with model text in it. I then added a text instance parameter so I could change the text in the project. This way, you can easily change what the tag says.
              Dan

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                #8
                Originally posted by dzatto View Post
                You could take it a step further and do what I did in THIS post. Basically, I created a generic model with model text in it. I then added a text instance parameter so I could change the text in the project. This way, you can easily change what the tag says.
                Dude... great idea. I'm good for now but I'll be keeping this in mind for future stuff.
                Tannar Z. Frampton ™
                Frampton & Associates, Inc.

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