December 31, 2019

Revit: New Ceiling Grid Pattern, Part 1 - Fill Pattern

In order to have a new ceiling type with a "custom" ceiling grid pattern, you need a Fill Pattern that defines the grid pattern, a Material to which that Fill Pattern can be assigned as a Surface Pattern, and, finally, a Ceiling Type to which that Material can be assigned. While you can start by duplicating a Ceiling Type and drill your way through the various dialogs until you get to the point where you create a new Fill Pattern for the ceiling, and then drill your way back out, I am going to break the process down into three separate steps, so that each step serves as a tutorial for that operation and can be referenced when the need for that operation comes in a different context.

The first step is to create a Fill Pattern that defines the ceiling grid. I am assuming that you have a Fill Pattern file (PAT) that defines a Model type of pattern (as it represents a real-world object, a ceiling grid, that wants to hold the same dimensions, no matter the scale of the view in which it is seen). For the purposes of this example, I am using a custom Fill Pattern that is called Ceiling_4-24x24_1-48x6. It has four rows of 2'-0" x 2'-0" tiles, and then a row of 6" x 4'-0" tiles, as seen in the image below.
Here is how to make that PAT file pattern available in Revit, as a Fill Pattern.
  1. On the Manage ribbon tab, on the Settings panel, select the Additional Settings tool to deploy the menu, and then choose Fill Patterns from the menu.
  2. In the Fill Patterns dialog, set the Pattern Type to Model. Then select the New fill pattern tool.
  3. In the Add Surface Pattern dialog, set the Type to Custom. Then select the Browse button.
  4. In the Import Fill Pattern dialog, navigate to the location where you saved the Ceiling_4-24x24_1-48x6.pat file, and select it. Select the Open button.
  5. Back in the Add Surface Pattern dialog, verify that the Name is what you want (it will default to the pattern name) and the Import scale is set to 1.00 (since this is a model pattern, and the pattern was created at full size). Select the OK button to add the Fill Pattern and dismiss the Add Surface Pattern dialog.
    NOTE: This example uses a PAT file that only defines one pattern, so the desired pattern is already selected. If your desired pattern is in a PAT file that defines two or more patterns, then you will need to find and select your pattern in the list box to the left of the Browse button. Revit will only display patterns of the type selected (Model, here), and will sort them in the list alphabetically. The first pattern on the list will be selected initially, but that may not be the one you want. You can use the Search box above the list box to type in part of the pattern name you seek to make it easier to find, if the file contains a lot of Model patterns.
  6. You should see the newly added model pattern in the Fill Patterns dialog. Select the OK button to accept the added pattern and return to the Revit model.

Part 2 will cover creating a Material which will use the newly created Fill Pattern.

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