Applied Software

rss

News on the latest in design, manufacturing, fabrication, construction, and engineering technology.


Here is a Collection of Revit Formulas for Parametric Family Creation Addition( + ) X + Y Subtraction( - ) X - Y Multiplication( * ) X * Y Division( / ) X / Y Exponentiation( ^ ) X ^ Y Logarithm( log() ) Log(x) Square root ( sqrt() ) sqrt(x) Sine( sin() ) sin(x) Cosine( cos() ) cos(x) Tangent( tan() ) tan(x) Arcsine( asin() ) asin(x) Arccosine( acos() ) acos(x) Arctangent( atan() ) atan(x) 10 raised to an x power( exp() ) exp(x) Absolute Value( abs() ) abs(x) Pi( pi()) Pi()   Function syntax Description Examples ...

In part 1 we discussed the connector. Now in part 2 we will show how to make flex combined with the fittings you want and how to see it in material counts. The method we will use will combine a system family with our component families to later use in models or embed into a template file.  In house this method is used all the time. Let’s begin inside a Revit project.<data-blogger-escaped-o:p></data-blogger-escaped-o:p>   Insert the families for the flex, sealtite or MC that we made in the previous blog tutorial.<data-blogger-escaped-o:p></data-blogger-escaped-o:p>     Select the connector type you want use and the size you want. We are going to tie specifics to the system family to mate up with the fittings. Place an instance in a plan view. It should be something like this.<data-blogger-escaped-o:p></data-blogger-escaped-o:p> <data-blogger-escaped-o:p></data-blogger-escaped-o:p> Next under Flex Pipes create a new “Type”. Since we are doing Sealtite in part 2 our types look like so.<data-blogger-escaped-o:p></data-blogger-escaped-o:p> <data-blogger-escaped-o:p></data-blogger-escaped-o:p> We are making a 1” whip so we will size the types to meet the standards of Trade sizes.<data-blogger-escaped-o:p></data-blogger-escaped-o:p>   <data-blogger-escaped-o:p></data-blogger-escaped-o:p> For good measure I added insulation to this as well to get it up to the actual ...

"Well, how did I get here?" One of my favorite verses from an iconic Talking Heads tune. And one that applies to real life more often than I'd like sometimes. When Autodesk released Revit 2013 they added a new "feature" that took a lot of users by surprise. By simply double-clicking on an instance of a component family, like a door, window, furniture component, etc., you would be placed in the Family Editor in that component family's source file, ready to edit. I'm not sure how this "feature" found it's way into the software, or who the person was that thought it was a good idea (I think they might need a little Revit training), but the user community by and large was up in arms over it. I mean... really... select an instance of a component family and take a gander at the ribbon - what do you see? What is so hard about simply clicking "Edit Family"? On the other hand, many new users have "double-click-itis" - and when that happens on an instance of a component family, they ...

After installing Revit 2017 I noticed every time I opened a template or out of the box family it had to upgrade from 2016. I found some help online that pointed out a good solution to be able to control Revit content. If you accidentally saved over your OOTB families or have missing families. You can uninstall and repair the content. I went as far and removing the Metric database to speed things up. 

Sometimes you discover something and your first reaction is a bit of embarrassment because you didn't already know it, followed by amazement that nobody else has ever mentioned it to you before, because it's potentially a REALLY big deal. In today's previously unknown-to-me potentially REALLY big deal department: Did you know that you can accidentally delete multiple family types simply by opening and saving your Revit family? It's true. Here's how it happens: 1) In a Revit project, a conscientious BIM or Model manager performs a Purge Unused, purging unused Family Types, in an effort to keep file size down. This is good practice. 2) At some point in the future, from the same project, a user selects an instance of a family on which the above-mentioned purge was done, and selects "Edit Family" from the Ribbon (or double-clicks on the family instance to go to the Family Editor - who's boneheaded idea was THAT feature, anyway?).  3) The user makes a minor change to the family, then saves the file. *Poof* - all of those family types that were purged in the project are ...

My very favorite new feature for REVIT.  You can disable that pesty 'dbl-click of a family' which would open it in the Family Editor.-dennis