Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Imported DWG Files Have Thin Text

There are times when AutoCAD files are required to be added to Revit project files. There two ways to incorporate AutoCAD DWG files into Revit. One is to Insert the DWG and the other is to Link the DWG file. Inserted DWG files remain static and don’t change in Revit when they are updated in AutoCAD. Linked DWG Files update each time the Revit project file is opened or when a reload is forced from with the Revit project.

Inserting is preferable when the DWG file will not need to be updated like a legend, note, existing background, or detail. Inserted DWGs can be placed directly onto a sheet, view, or into a drafting view, depending on its use. 

Linking is preferable when the DWG file will be updated as the project progresses. 

Either way, if your standard text font is Simplex for AutoCAD, when that file gets into Revit it plots too light. My solution is to change the text style in AutoCAD before Importing or linking to Revit.

1.    To maintain the readability of text, use the Style command in the AutoCAD file to be Inserted/Linked and change the Standard text styles font to Zurich Lt BT. 

2.    Navigate to the View or Sheet that requires the Inserted/Linked DWG. (Create a drafting view by selecting the Drafting View tool on the View tab of the ribbon if required.)
3.    Select the Import CAD tool or the Link CAD tool on the Insert tab of the Ribbon.

4.    Browse out to the required DWG. Before clicking the Open button, Select from the drop downs of what Colors, Layers, and Positioning.  
5.    Click Open to place the DWG file in the View/Sheet.

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