Setting up Revit Line weights

Line weights ideally should be hard coded in the Template, so whenever you start a new project these line weights follow your office standards (in line with CAD Standards).
Anytime it can be transferred and applied on an existing Revit model using “Transfer Project Standards”.

we’ll discuss these three points:
1. Transfer line weights from project to other.
2. Creating line weights from scratch.
3. Best practice tips for overrides.

1- Transfer Line Wight from project to other:
you need to open the template/ project file where source line weight settings shall come from, and obviously the target Revit file in same session.
“Manage” tab > “Transfer Project Standards” > careful to select ‘none’ then select only:
o Line Weights (table of what line weight on paper against certain printing scale)
o Object Styles (mapping above line weight to Revit categories of objects)
o= And may be Dimension Style
(Note: Dimension line weights are defined in dimension style)
This is because you don’t want to mess with the other 100 thousand bits of settings and styles in your project.

That’s it!!

2- Setting up line Weights from Scratch:
Two steps are required:
a- Set up the Line Weight pens assignment: To define printing pens
b- Set up Object Styles: To define which pen is going to be used for which object.

a- Manage Linewegihts (LWs): “Manage” tab > “Additional Settings” > “Line Weights …” to get pen assignment schedule for
1- Model Objects (it’s depending print scale)
2- Annotation line weights (fixed for all scales)


– see the steps concept-
Pen no. 1 for example is going to be printed as 0.18mm for scale 1:10 and 0.1mm for scale 1:500
-So when you send a drawing to print line weights will be scaled based on drawing scale.-

Congrats! you’ve successfully customized LWs as per view scale, so the same pen (eventually a category or subcategory) will be thin / thick depending on the scale of view. read the next step to have better understanding about how it works.

b- assign pens (LWs) to categories: “Manage” tab > “Object Styles”

-For model objects we’ve two pens to be assigned in case of CUT (in plan / Section) or PROJECTION (visible in elevation…) for example:
o Walls to be printed using pen #1 if projected, and pen # 3 if cut
o Note that for Windows we’ve a detailed menu of all window components (glass, frame …) so separate line weight can be given to each one of them.

-For Annotations it’s simpler: (no cut / projection)

By doing this, now Revit knows what Line weight will be used for each category/ subcategory + how to scale the LW up/ down depending on the print scale.

One Response to Revit Line Weights

  • Frustrated says:

    I am able to transfer line weights easily – but it will not pick up the changes in the pen number that I have made in object styles. It will bring in any new items, but not override the existing pen number (even when override is selected as the option when transferring). Help?

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