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    How to control Panel Size / Orientation on Curtain System By Face?

    We have a project with what appears to be a fairly simple shape. Revit creates the shape fine, but instead of the panels maintaining the size I input, they "adjust" to follow the shape. See attached images. The first is the desired result, the second the revit result. Any help would be appreciated.
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    Because you are dividing the surface not creating a curtain wall.

    After the mass finished Click massing and site>Model by Face>Curtain system and click on the face. Now you got the same options and parameters as a regular CW.

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    Quote Originally Posted by infeeeee View Post
    Because you are dividing the surface not creating a curtain wall.

    After the mass finished Click massing and site>Model by Face>Curtain system and click on the face. Now you got the same options and parameters as a regular CW.
    I tried that and get the exact same results. Next suggestion?

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    I thought your CW is planar, it would work if it would be planar. No i see it's curved in 3D

    I found a solution: Model the face much bigger so the grids are at the good position, than cut down the corner of the mass with a void. After this create a new CW on the face. The CW will use the original grid of the solid, but it's face will be only the solid's remaining face after the cut:

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    This might point you in the right direction, maybe? Otherwise, I'm sure Alfredo has a solution.

    buildz: Rationalizing Panels

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    *IF* its truly planar, it will use standard CW logic, with an X and y offset, and the grids will be planar. The moment its non-planar, it starts fanning out with EQ spacing. Always been that way.

    I would recheck the geometry to see if its planar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sdbrownaia View Post
    I tried that and get the exact same results. Next suggestion?
    Hi, Scott,
    The Curtain System tool does not allow that kind of distribution of panels when the boundary is not rectangular and non co-planar. It tries to divide the boundaries as per the settings you have in the Layout property, in Type Properties, following the direction of the boundaries, resulting in what you are seeing, non-parallel grids.

    I think this can be done with a surface, divided by the method of intersections. Using this method, first you place reference planes exactly where you want the divisions to be. Then divide the surface, turn off U & V grids, select "Intersects" (or "Intersection List" if you name the ref. planes), and then you select the reference planes. Then, apply a curtain panel pattern-based family to that divided surface.

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    Alfedo, thanks. I knew I could do it with the intersects, I was hoping there was a less manual way as I have a number of these forms that need to be divided, but I guess its not that big a deal to lay out ref planes every 10' in plan and then cut em Thank you.

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