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Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Steampunk Revit

I have to admit, after researching some of Jules Verne's work, I have become an absolute Steampunk fanatic. Jules Verne and H.G. Wells are the founding fathers afterall. 

The term "Steampunk" is defined by Wikipedia as: 
"a subgenre of science fiction and sometimes fantasy—also in recent years a fashion and lifestyle movement—that incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery. 

Although its literary origins are sometimes associated with the cyberpunk genre, steampunk works are often set in an alternative history of the 19th century's British Victorian era or American "Wild West", in a post-apocalyptic future during which steam power has maintained mainstream usage, or in a fantasy world that similarly employs steam power. Steampunk perhaps most recognisably features anachronistictechnologies or retro-futuristic inventions as people in the 19th century might have envisioned them, and is likewise rooted in the era's perspective on fashion, culture, architectural style, and art. Such technology may include fictional machines like those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne, or the modern authors Philip Pullman, Scott Westerfeld, Stephen Hunt and China MiĆ©ville. Other examples of steampunk contain alternative history-style presentations of such technology as lighter-than-air airships, analogue computers, or such digital mechanical computers as Charles Babbage's Analytical Engine.

Steampunk may also incorporate additional elements from the genres of fantasyhorrorhistorical fiction, alternate history, or other branches of speculative fiction, making it often a hybrid genre. The term steampunk's first known appearance was in 1987, though it now retroactively refers to many works of fiction created even as far back as the 1950s or 1960s.
Steampunk also refers to any of the artistic styles, clothing fashions, or subcultures, that have developed from the aesthetics of steampunk fiction, Victorian-era fiction, art nouveau design, and films from the mid-20th century.[3]Various modern utilitarian objects have been modded by individual artisans into a pseudo-Victorian mechanical "steampunk" style, and a number of visual and musical artists have been described as steampunk."

The two rendered images below are of a simple room, "Steampunked" in Revit. Three different Steampunk families were created: a Table, Wall Clock, and a Writers Table. Steampunk Wallpaper was also added to all internal wall faces.

The Wall Clock family was created using a Generic Face-based family template. The clock hands and numbers were a fun challenge, due to the small size, and intricate forms. 

The Coffee (Read shot glasses) Table was created using the Generic Model family template.

The Writers Table was the most fun to create. Instead of assigning a material to the sweeps, extrusions and blends that were used, I opted to rather paint the faces of the geometric forms. It took a tad longer, but I am more than happy with this test result. 

I always tell my students, who are migrating from a 2D-based software platform to a 3D-based platform, to practice. As silly as it might sound, the more you practice, the better you get. The same principle applies to Revit. I am by no means an expert on Revit. There will ALWAYS be workarounds you have not yet discovered, or know about. However, whenever I have some free time (Read very, very late at night), I practice.

The entire world is available through the internet. Rather spend some time refining your skills by searching for Revit blogs, sites and forums, than stalking people on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. The more you know, the less frustrating problems you will have. Ergo, the less you will stress about project deadlines. Ergo, the more time you will spend with loved ones. 

And let's be honest: Creating the weird and wonderful in Revit is a whole lot of fun (And a huge ego-boost once you find the solution)!

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