Turn Your Revit Model into a 3D Printer Part with MakerBot Replicator
Develop your Revit model. Once the area for desired printing is complete, you can then set up your views for 3D Printing.
There are three easy steps for this process.
1) Choose the 3D Views from your project browser. Under the extents of the view Properties, click the section box to be turned on. Resize the section box to capture what is to be printed in 3D.
2) Change the detail level to be Course or Medium in the view properties.
3) Hide all complex elements and parts that do not need to be 3D printed.
Download the “STL Exporter for Revit” plug-in which can be found within your Autodesk account subscription package. Once downloaded, go to the ‘Add-in’ tab and then click “STL Exporter for Revit”. Change the export settings to your STL setting preference and then click “Save.”
Once you saved your STL file, open the MakerBot or 3D Printer software and import the model. Once the model is imported, you can set up the Custom Print Modes. Adjust the default settings in the print mode to meet desired 3D print quality and performance. Once you adjusted click Print. Depending on the complexity of the model, the printing time will vary. Once the model has been printed, remove all unnecessary material and your 3D model is complete.