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Autodesk Revit Families:

A Step-by-Step Introduction
Paul F. Aubin
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Desire P. Ratley, PE , CE, LEED AP BD+C


Dezi is an uber-nerd who went to MIT and now is a structural engineer at
Martin/Martin in Denver, Colorado. She is a regular Autodesk University
speaker; she spoke at Revit Technology Conference USA; she is the Structural
Director for the Denver Revit Users Group and is currently serving as AUGI
Treasurer. And as if this is not enough Revit in her life, on the last binary day of
this year, she married a Revit geek she met at the AU 2009 speaker social, so
you can only imagine how exciting their evenings are.

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David A. Butts
BIM Specialist at Gannett Fleming
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27 years industry experience
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Matt Dillon
VP Technical Services D|C|CADD
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Matt Stachoni
Matt is the senior AEC applications and building information modeling (BIM)
implementation technical specialist for CADapult Ltd., an Autodesk Silver
reseller in the Mid-Atlantic region. Matt specializes in Revit training and BIM
implementation for design firms and the construction industry. He has over 20
years experience as a CAD and IT Manager for several A/E firms in Delaware,
Pennsylvania, and Boston, Massachusetts, and has been using Autodesk
software since 1987.

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Darryl McClelland, LEED AP


has 26 years of practical design experience in MEP engineering. Although his
primary focus was the design of mechanical systems, he spent 11 of those 26
years designing electrical and plumbing systems as well. He also ran his own
engineering business for eight years. His design experience ranges from
complex research laboratories and institutional facilities to medical and
professional office buildings, and everything in between. He is a graduate of
Purdue University and an active member of ASHRAE, ASPE, and a LEED AP.

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Harlan Brumm
A really swell guy. Expert at all things Revit. Has a really cool blog called the
Revit Clinic: http://revitclinic.typepad.com. And no, just because he has a
goatee, he is not my twin brother.

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Doug Bowers
Doug is a LEED accredited licensed architect and an independent BIM software
consultant performing training, implementations, and Revit family development
across the United States.

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Class Summary
This hands-on lab will introduce you to the basics of the Revit Family Editor. In this
short introduction to the Family Editor, you will create a Revit component Family
from scratch, complete with constraints and parameters.

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Class Summary
This is AB3737-L Autodesk Revit Families: A Step-by-Step Introduction
This is an INTRODUCTORY class
You will learn the BASICS of creating a Revit model Family.
I am teaching the class in Revit Architecture using Architectural examples.
However, most if not all concepts should apply equally to other flavors of Revit.
I assume NO PRIOR KNOWLEDGE of the Family Editor. We will start at the
beginning.
This is a Hands-on lab. If you dont wish to follow along, please pass the mouse to
the person sitting next to you.

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Learning Objectives
At the end of this class, you will be able to:
Create a simple, fully parametric model family
Describe reference planes, constraints, and parameters
Nest components and set up a parametric array
Apply materials and other accoutrements

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What am I Skipping?
The lab is Hands-on, therefore:
I am skipping a lot of background info
Kinds of Families
Family terminology
Basic hierarchy and concepts

Relevant background info is included in the handout


Please read the handout!
Lets start building something

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Family Editor 000


Setup

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Datasets for this lab are located in this folder:

C:\datasets\AB3737-L
If you are on your own laptop, ask one of the lab assistants for the
files on a thumbdrive

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Family Editor 101


Building a box

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Family creation procedures

Lay down Reference Planes


Create Parameters and Constraints
Flex
Build Geometry
Flex
Repeat

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Family Editor 102


More than a box
CATCH UP! 102 Shelf_A.rfa

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More than a Box


You guessed it

Box

Box

Box

Box
Box
Box

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Family Editor 103


Solids and Voids
CATCH UP! 102 Shelf_C.rfa

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Solids and Voids

Turn our box into a shelf bracket


Create a Blend
Create a Void

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Family Editor 104


Nesting Families
CATCH UP! 104 Shelf_D.rfa

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Nesting Families

Nest Families
Position Nested Instances
Save, Load and Flex

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Family Editor 105


Creating Family Types
CATCH UP! 105 Shelf w Brackets_A.rfa

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Creating Family Types

Create Family Types


Flex

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Family Editor 201


Assemble a Complex Family
CATCH UP! 201 Shelving Unit_B.rfa

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Parametric Arrays

Array the shelves


Make the quantity Parametric
Flex

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Family Editor 301


One-sided or Two-sided?
CATCH UP! 301 Shelving Unit_D.rfa

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One-sided or Two-sided?

Create a Visibility Parameter


Apply to Family
Make new Array
Load into Project to Flex

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Family Editor 302


Tweaking the Graphics
CATCH UP! 301 Shelving Unit_E.rfa

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Family Editor 303


Adding Materials
CATCH UP! 301 Shelving Unit_F.rfa

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Family Editor 401


Bonus Material Formulas
CATCH UP! 401 Box_A.rfa & 401 Shelving
Unit_H.rfa

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Thank

you!

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