General Revit Tips

How the experts model metal sheet cladding

Profiled metal sheet cladding is used in a lot of buildings, from residential homes to large industrial warehouses. When modelling these buildings in Revit, I would typically just model a standard wall with a metal material. Whilst this works fine and is perfectly acceptable, the sheet profile is missing when cut and needs to be added by the use of detail components. To avoid this, you can model the sheet cladding as a curtain wall, which will then show the profile in 3D and cut views.

metal sheet cladding

Creating a sheet cladding curtain wall

The first step in modelling metal sheet cladding is to create a new Curtain Wall Panel family. Select create new family and navigate to the Curtain Wall Panel family template file. Next, either import a Cad file, detail component, or just sketch in the profile that you want. In my case, I have imported a detail component.

sheet cladding - profile


Next you want to create an extrusion from the profile. Click on the Create tab > Extrusion and then choose the pick lines tool and select the lines that form your profile.

sheet cladding revit

Now what you want to do is cut it down to the smallest repeating detail. This is so you can have better control over the length of your wall and minimize how much your panel can extend past.

sheet cladding revit


Once done, delete the detail component family (or Cad file) and purge unused. Move your extrusion to the ‘Top’ reference plane and lock it. Take note of the overall width of your new profile, then import it into your project.

In your project, create a new curtain wall. In the Curtain Panel drop down, select the Profile you just imported. Next under the Vertical Grid section, for Layout select Fixed Distance – and under spacing, enter the overall width of your profile. (In my case, 152mm)

sheet cladding curtain wall profile

Next, draw your curtain wall and be impressed by the results!

sheet cladding - MetalClad_end result1

Like most things in Revit, there are many ways to achieve the same result. If you have any questions, or have a better suggestion then please leave a comment below!

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