Planar Panels & the 3 Point Invisible Workplane Hack©

I've been waiting for an excuse to demonstrate my 3 Point Invisible Workplane Hack© and here it is! Some weeks ago (yes, sorry I haven't been posting . . . Like everyone else, I have been huddled in the fetal position, rocking back and forth and weeping, following exposure to Alex Roman's The Third and The Seventh) I did a post on 2 ways to create curtain panels by pattern such that the panels were always flat. But they both suck.

Before we begin, a word on quadrilateral panels. I love 'em, you love 'em, and you know the contractor loves 'em. But doggonit, they just don't want to stay flat on a curved surface. Triangles are nice, always flat, but you'll spend a fortune because you need to use so much structure to make your curtain system. Not to worry, we will put the triangular peanut butter right INTO your quadrilateral chocolate.

So, in this video I will show how to conjure the legendary 3 Point Invisible Workplane Hack© and harness it's mystical powers to make a four sided panel that will have a clean connection to neighboring panels. Download the file from here.

1. It's so easy when you explain something :) !

2. Really needed this! Excellent work as usual.

3. sweet and magically delicious you seriously are my Idol when it comes to things Revit isnt supposed to do..or doesnt want to do..

4. i have question: it will works on 3 point pattern based panel ? of course i'll try do this but ask before start :P

5. There is an easier way with the magical 4 point triangular panel. Just pull the redundant 4th point up and out of the way, then make a real triangle from the 3 points, pretending that the 4th does not exist. Your panels will be planar.

6. Hello there I am somewhat new at parametric design in Revit I know the basic of how it works an I am trying to duplicate and understand the guangzhou opera house by Zaha Hadid, I know the paneling is derived from a dia-grid my question is how do i create a curtain panel component composed of two layers to propegate on a divided mass surface Please HELP!