The fbx file format has been around
for a while in the Media and Entertainment industry (1996) supporting 3D
software packages such as Maxon Cinema4d, SoftImage 3D, Alias|Wavefront
PowerAnimator, NewTek LightWave, Kinetix 3D Studio MAX.
Many Revit Architecture users have been migrating to the Building Design Suite Premiums over the last few years and now have the benefit of utilizing the FBX file format between the various applications.
In the Building design Suite workflows the FBX holds data relating to the model geometry, material textures, day lighting, IES light data, and animation sequences.
Here are a few workflows that use the FBX file format
Revit - Export directly to an FBX format
Revit Link FBX scene to 3ds Max Design where Materials, lights, viewpoint camera and Revit Entities can be configured as required
Within 3ds Max design we can edit and adjust the materials that share the same texture map file location as Revit
We can select our daylight system and easily position our project anywhere in the world to run Sunpath Shadow simulations and Daylight analysis using the Lighting Analysis tools
3ds Max design also organizes the model by Revit Category|Revit Family|Revit Type, or can be configured to suit
From here you can work up the textures and lighting to produce renders and Animations in your chosen Rendering engine.
Revit Link FBX scene to Showcase where visual styles and background environments can be set to create easy concept illustrations and quick animations.
We can also export an FBX scene from Navisworks which includes the Textures, lights and Cameras
Theres now a free tool to view fbx files
Autodesk FBX Review
Autodesk® FBX® Review is a lightweight, standalone software tool for reviewing 3D assets and animations quickly and efficiently. FBX Review enables users to view 3D content without using a 3D authoring tool, to help speed up asset sharing and iterationFBX Review is a new tool from the Media and Entertainment sector where users can view FBX files for free, including camera views, textures and Animations.
If we take an fbx direct from our BDS applications it will typically come in as a gray model
We get some better results when exporting an FBX from Navisworks, including all the Camera views
With some Material adjustments in 3ds max design – we can bring through the materials and animation
More information on FBX can be found here: