Revit Cut Profile – Everything you need to know

As a Revit user, you might need to create details so now and then. You can create a section or detail callout from a portion of the model but it doesn’t always appear how you want. Fortunately, the Revit Cut Profile tool is a useful feature for reshaping elements.

The Cut Profile tool can reshape elements such as walls, floors, roofs, stairs, and compound structures that are cut in a view. The changes made to elements using the Cut Profile tool are view-specific for 2D and therefore not usable in 3D views.

In this article, I will explain how to use the Cut profile feature in Revit and give examples of when you can put it into practice.

Cut Profile Revit

When creating detail drawings in Revit the elements do not always show up the way you need them. The Revit Cut Profile tool can help you achieve the right appearance. It’s not always needed to model elements “as-build” as it makes the model performance slower and unnecessarily complicated.

You can quickly edit the shape of the element you cut in a view. For example, you can reshape walls, floors, roofs, stairs, and compound structures. The changes you make are view-specific for the 2D views and do not affect the shape and appearance of the element in 3D.

In the example to the right, you can see a simplified concrete stair inside a model. The detail of the bottom of the stairs is incorrect in the view but it takes a lot of time to change in 3D. You can use the Cut Profile tool for a quick and correct detail.

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Tip

Learn more about creating detail drawings in Revit with the comprehensive guide: Detailing in Revit- Everything you need to know.

Create a Revit Cut Profile

You can use Revit Cut Profile to edit the shape of different elements inside a cut view. To create a Cut Profile make sure you have opened a plan view, section view, or callout view, and follow the steps outlined below:

  1. Open the View tab > Graphics panel
  2. Click Cut Profile
  3. From the Options bar, choose Edit: Face or Boundary between faces

Edit: Face is to edit the entire boundary along the face and the Boundary between faces is for editing the boundary line between faces. In the example below I use the Boundary between faces.

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  1. Highlight the boundary and click to enter the sketch mode > take a Draw tool
  2. Draw an area to add or subtract from the element you highlighted. When choosing the Edit: Face, the first line you draw shows an arrow. The arrow should point toward the direction you want to keep. Click it to change its direction.
  3. After finishing you can click Finish Edit Mode
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Always make sure that you draw a sequence of lines that start and end at the same boundary line to make a valid Cut Profile. When the sketch is invalid, Revit will notice you with an error noting that the ends of the sketched loop do not lie on the boundary of the face.

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Note

It is impossible to sketch closed loops or cross the boundary line of the element. Yet, when you choose the Boundary between faces option, you can sketch to the other side of the face boundary.

Cut Profile Examples

Below you can find some examples of using the Cut Profile tool in Revit. Keep in mind that this is a useful tool for quickly creating the right details but it does not affect the 3D model. So you should always discuss with your project team whether you model the part in 3D or not.

revit cut profile stairs
From left to right: before Cut Profile, editing Cut Profile, after Cut Profile

In the examples above and below I use the Edit: Face to add an area to the bottom of the stairs. When using this option, the first line you draw displays an arrow that you can control by clicking it. It should always point in the direction that you want to keep after editing.

From left to right: before Cut Profile, editing Cut Profile, after Cut Profile

Wrapping Up

The Revit Cut Profile tool is very useful for quickly reshaping elements in a cut view. You can use this for detail drawings when elements do not show the way you want. The Cut Profile feature is a view-specific tool and does not work for 3D views. Furthermore, it does not affect the 3D geometry of elements.

Note that this tool allows for quick shape adjustments in detail drawings for early-stage discussions with your project team. However, it might be the best practice to make changes to the 3D geometry at a later stage.

I hope this article helped you learn how to edit the shape of elements with the Revit Cut Profile tool. Feel free to leave a comment if you have any questions, tips, or tricks I did not mention.

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