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Converting Complex Tilings to Revit Fill Patterns

Start by downloading mathematician Jaap Scherphuis’s Tiling Viewer Applet. This amazing little application (applet) has 1180 tilings with control sliders for tweaking angles.  In this lesson, we are using the tiling found in the following directory: Pentagon Tilings (597)>15 convex pentagon tile types (15)>N5-15:Mann, McLoud-Mann, Von Derau, 2015.

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Create a drafting view, replicating the geometry using data found in the Three Info Panels at the bottom of the applet. It may take a few sessions to develop steps you feel comfortable with. For example, I like to copy and paste screenshots of Tilings into Revit using them as underlays.

Drag the center of rotation to the end of each subsequent line as you make your way around the Pentagon. Practice makes perfect. It may take a few sessions to develop steps you feel comfortable with. For example, I like to copy and paste information from Mr.Scherphuis’s Applet into my drafting view to avoid going back and forth between programs.

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