Finding inspiration in even the most mundane of tasks

I’ve Fallen, and I Can’t Get Up!

In Revit on February 18, 2011 at 10:49 am

One of the goals of this blog is to document my journey through learning Revit, and one of this project’s exercises provided some good inspiration.  (We’re in CDs now, but this was from schematic – I’m just now getting around to posting.)

I needed to create a trellis, and I decided to make it parametric, and face based.  Since it was in fact my first shot at a parametric family, there was a decent learning curve.  It took some time to get all my reference planes placed, named and flexing properly.  I placed my geometry (even needed some nested families), and everything looked great.  It wasn’t until I tried to place it on a wall in my project that I realized my mistake:

Apparently that un-deletable object at the bottom of the Generic Model face based template *is* the face to which the family is oriented. My family would have worked fine if I were attaching it to a horizontal surface, but I wanted it to attach to walls so I decided to rotate what I could in the family and re-create the rest. The good news? Work always goes faster the second time around.  .-)

  1. You could have nested your family into another family and then linked the components…but the way you did it is probably better in the long run.

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