Demo Ceilings – Not What They Appear

May 4, 2011

I’m working in a multi-phase project and I need to do some ceiling tile demolition.  I’ve always been under the impression that the ceiling grids won’t turn dashed when you demolish them and I would have to create a dashed pattern for the ceilings.  I came across another blog that had the same issue, but in the comments they say it will print properly, it just won’t display on the monitor properly.  Of course I had to test it for myself to see if what they say is true.

Below is the ceiling out of Revit after smashing it with Thor’s hammer.  Boundary is dashed as expected, but the grids are solid.

Revit Demo Ceiling

Below is what you actually get when you print it (it will look better, this was just a scan of a print)  Works with Adobe PDF as well.

Printer Demo Ceiling

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matt May 19, 2011 at 9:21 am

What version of Revit are you using? Our 2011 files do exactly what you say above and print correctly with the grid dashed.

We recently upgraded to 2012 though and unfortunately it is printing just like it shows on the screen, with the grid solid and the border dashed. I’ve been troubleshooting to find the reason why it changed from 2011 -> 2012 but haven’t had any luck yet…


Chris May 19, 2011 at 12:57 pm

We’re running 2011, probably won’t see 2012 until the first update rolls out. Let’s hope Autodesk picks up this quirk and gets it fixed. If anything they should improve it (show the ceiling grid as dashed on screen, like it prints) and not go backwards (grid is solid in print and on screen).


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