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Revit Materials 101 – How to Download and Use .ADSKLIB Revit Material Libraries in Your Projects


Hey everyone, this is Pete here with BIMsmith and today I want to go over Autodesk material libraries, where to
find them, and how to put them in your project and put them to use. So let’s
take a look. So I’m gonna head over to BIMsmith Market, where they actually
just added a new feature to help you filter by material library only. So I’m
gonna click on that, and once that pops up I’m gonna scroll down, it looks like
there’s a bunch of different material libraries I can choose from, from various
manufacturers. So I’m not going to keep scrolling I’m actually just going to
make it easier on myself and search for something. Let’s look at paints,
specifically PPG. And here we go. A bunch of paint material
libraries listed out for me but even more specifically I’d like to find an
interior paint, so I’m going to type that in the search bar at the top.
So I’m going to click on one and take a look.
So it looks like there’s an icon to show me that, as a deliverable when I download
this file, I will be receiving a material library. I want to compare a few of these
before I actually commit to downloading something, so I’m going to use BIMsmith’s compare tool. And I’m looking for a flat paint. And let’s say, let’s say
I don’t want any VOCs in it so I’m gonna look at that and it looks like it
narrows down to the one on the right here, so let’s go ahead and download that.
So once downloaded, I’m going to go ahead and click on the zip file and extract
its data. Once extracted, I’m actually going to
just make sure I got what I was looking for, and sure enough there’s an ADSKLIB file, which is an Autodesk Library file. Now I’m going to head over to Revit,
and we’re going to open that up. So I’ve just created a quick project
with four walls and a floor, just to show you how you can import this library
and then use it. So let’s go to our materials. As you can see, all the
standard materials are in here, but I want to reference that library that we
just downloaded, so I’m going to click this icon here to bring up the material
libraries. Here’s the Autodesk one loaded in for you, but I’m gonna add a new
one. So I’m gonna search for where I saved that, this one was in my downloads.
Go ahead and open that file. And once open I now have access to all of the
paints that fell within that category that I downloaded on BIMsmith Market. I
can go through here and scroll and find any particular paint that I was looking
for within that product line, and just go ahead and click the arrow icon on the
right to add it to my project. Once complete, I can close the window for
the material libraries and start applying these materials to system
families or by painting them on the surface. I’m going to click and search for PPG.
And there you go, there’s the four materials that I added from the material
library. I can just select the material I want,
rotate around the view, and start painting surfaces. And there you go, simple as that. Now, what you could also do is, for example if you downloaded a paint, you could apply it to
the wall assembly itself and give it a thickness, that way you can actually tag
it in section. So what I’m going to do is add a paint layer to this wall system
that’s already placed in the, in the project, and then I’m going to apply a
paint to that so then I could tag it later on from section. Each wall now has a layer of that paint on the surface. So if I use a material
tag, not only can I apply the tag to the surface in the background, but I can
apply it in section as well. So I can show you that by just placing a couple
of material tags right here. And of course these material tags could
speak to any parameter within the material, right now they are talking to
the description, as this is an out-of-the-box material tag in Revit.
And so then you could begin to break up the descriptions and the annotations of your
wall assembly. So there you go, we found a material library and applied
it within our project. Thanks for watching everyone, and tune in next time.

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