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Countless hours into Max Rendering Project and Max has Quit working...PLEASE HELP!
show user profile  billy1976
Sorry, posted in wrong area...

We currently have a commercial project modeled in Revit. There are 3 Links in the model. We have tried to "link" the model into Max many times without success. Finally we decided to use an exported FBX file even though the project is needing to be updated (couldn't link FBX either). Had one rendering and now the Max file has come to a working hault. It is impossible to move, select, scroll or do anything productive. It takes at least 10-15 seconds just to select an item, let alone move around. NO IDEA WHAT TO DO. Have tried to save the file to desktop and merge, but that doesn't help.

I have tried to re import a new fbx before into my scene, but Max won't allow it. The Revit model is over a Gig and has most everything in it... all we need to do is landscaping plants and touchup model. We have huge deadlines and are at a stand still!

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1/5/2014 5:18:14 AM (last edit: 1/5/2014 5:21:22 AM)
show user profile  herfst1
Have you tried xreffing the model(s) into your scene? Also you can try proxies.

I only know how to proxy an object using vray, it goes something like this. Load up a new scene, import your model. Right-click on it and one of the menu items says something like "convert to vray proxy." Once you've saved out all the proxies you need you can import your proxies into a new scene and it will be lightning fast in the viewport and only at render time will it calculate all the verts and stuff.
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1/5/2014 5:57:27 AM (last edit: 1/5/2014 5:57:27 AM)
show user profile  RedStar
Have you tried to hide all objects and show only thing you are working with?
Freeze useless objects as well?
If its an updated max use Nitreous mode for graphics?

I know from personal experience sometimes whenever we try to import a huge cad file and there are too many objects attached (1 object has a huge poly limit) the import wont work. So check that. If thats the case you may need to break up a object into 3 pieces or so.
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1/5/2014 6:41:09 AM (last edit: 1/5/2014 6:41:09 AM)
show user profile  donvella
What do you mean by link?

With revit files they tend to be very large and contain all the nuts, bolts and every single piece of detail required by engineers. Fortunately it has a very good export system, It has been awhile since I used it (about 5 years) so I would recommend you take a very small piece and export that - check your export settings and see if you can adjust the 'revolutions' i think its called. This will turn 20 sided cylinders (each bolt) into say 8 sided. Once you have the resolution you need and it works well in the viewport you can export the rest at the same revolution or whatever the term is.

edit; i see what you mean by link

check this vid, i think revolutions are called curve steps. might be good to weld aswell. if you have tried this you may want to weld even further then 0.001.

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1/5/2014 7:08:07 AM (last edit: 1/5/2014 7:13:57 AM)
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