Engraved Text on a Curved Wall

Applying three-dimensional text on a surface is a great feature in Autodesk Revit. However, there is a constraint, model text can only be applied on a flat surface. So what do you do when you would like to apply a 3D embellishment to a curved surface – say a curved gateway?

There are a few different workarounds to get there but I would:

  • Create the model text deep enough to cut through the entire curve
  • Copy the cut wall and paste in the same location
  • Make sure the location line is the inside face of the wall
  • Create a wall style to match the first wall but with reduced thickness (the difference should be the depth of the cut desired)
  • Join geometry on the two walls
Engraved text following a curve
Engraved text following a curve

You can add color or surface pattern to the lettering by using the paint bucket on the back wall.

Caveat, this will work only if you don’t mind that the lettering won’t cut the surface wall square.

If you want raised text to follow a curve you can use a similar approach. Again, keep in mind that using this method will not create the edge faces of the raised lettering perpendicular to the face of the wall.

Raised text following a curve
Raised text following a curve
Dimitri Harvalias


Dimitri is a Senior Technical Consultant and Revit Guru at Summit Technologies. He draws on over 35 years of practical experience in the AEC domain. His education as a building technologist and hands-on experience in all facets of design, construction contract administration and CAD management gives him a unique perspective on the integration of BIM technology solutions to the design and project delivery process.

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