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    Creating a bent beam

    We call them bent beams, but when I look it up in Revit I get a curved beam. Not sure what to call it. I just want to model somethign like the wide flange what is shown in the attached pic. Please helllpp!!!
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    To me a curved beam is a beam which follows some kind of curved path. What you have there I would call a sloped beam. In Revit you can offset either end with the instance parameters.

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    Well, part of it slopes, but I need to to be like in the pic, with the full pen weld etc. I looked up bent beam (that's what everyone I work with has called them for years, even though it's not "bent") I looked up mitered beam, stringer, compound wide flange...on and on. So whatever you call it is irrevelant. I just would like to know how to make this very common beam.

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    As i said, offset either end in instance properties. Join it to a shorter section of flat beam.

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    For anyone watching, if it helps, this was really simple and easy, and also friendlier that some things about Revit.

    I used the cut tool. I placed a beam on a sloped, named reference plane, and another one flat as shown. Then I drew a reference plane (where the full pen weld would go) and clicked CUT, clicked the part of the beam I wanted to stay, clicked the reference plane, clicked the other beam on the part I wanted to keep, then the reference plane again. Whala.
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    If the beams are the same size (which bent beams typically are), and the ends are joined, you should be able to use the "Edit Beam Joins" tool to create a miter cut (see images below).

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    I don't see the "edit beam joins" tool.

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    It's in the Modify tab, grouped under the geometry section.

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    The reference plane way that you did it is how I would (and have done in the past) this kind of mitred connection.
    I would also call it a mitre.

    To me a bent beam is a continuous beam that has been hot rolled at a curve, or a cold rolled bent section....not a welded joint - but that's just me. Technically you could call it a JellyBeam and as long as everyone else in your office knows what that it is then it doesn't really matter.

    I find often the modify and beam joins tools don't give nice finishes and require some stuffing around with end offsets etc...
    The ref plane is about the quickest easiest method IMO.

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    thank you, works for sections, but in plan pieces are not connected.

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