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Creating parts from linked files

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Video: Creating parts from linked files

The very powerful benefit of parts is We're just going to accept the default here For the next step, I'll open up a default 3D view.

Creating parts from linked files

The very powerful benefit of parts is their ability to be used through linked models. This feature supports multi-disciplined workflows very well since most projects use separate linked projects for each major discipline and work area. In this movie, we'll consider a common scenario whereby an architect provides a model to a consultant at a certain level of detail and refinement. The consultant can then link that model in and use parts to further embellish and refine the linked elements directly from the architect's model.

The best part is, the relationships are maintained if the architect sends a new version of the link model and it get's reloaded by the consultant. So let's take a look. I'm starting in an empty default template from Revet. So, to follow along with me just simply create a brand new project from the default template. Then I'm going to go to the insert tab, click the link revet button, and I've created a file called link in the exercise files. We're just going to accept the default here and bring it in at the center to center.

And click open, and it's just another copy of this pavilion project, and it will show up right in the center of the screen. For the next step, I'll open up a default 3D view. Right here on the quick access toolbar. And I'll just, sort of, spin this around to give me a better look at the front door. Now notice that you get the linked model right here in the middle of the screen and it's got the big box all the way around it to let you know that's a link. Let's zoom in a little bit closer. Now, all you have to do is put your mouse near the edge of an object that you want to create parts from and press your tab key.

When you do that, it'll actually reach right into the linked model and highlight that nested wall object in this case. And I'm going to click to select that wall object right in the linked model. Notice that the create parts button is now lit up on the modify tab. And I can click that. And Ive created parts from that nested wall in the linked model. Now I'm going to come over here and, nearby one of these windows or doors, I'll start tabbing until it gives me the second wall, and I'll do it again.

Click create parts, like so. Now once you've created parts, these parts behave just like any other parts do. So I could select this wall, and I could click the Divide Parts button, just like we've done before. Now I could divide it by sketch or intersecting references. So I'll just do a really simple intersecting references here. I'm just going to check Level 2 only, click OK, and I get a nice, horizontal division across there. Let me finish that. Let me do it again on this side, divide parts, intersecting references, Level 2 only, click OK.

Divides that one the same way. I can select that existing part and using the properties we've talked about in previous movies, I could either enable the shape handles and if the shape of this brick layer needed to change in some way, I could use the shape handle and modify it slightly. So let's say I wanted to pull it back slightly over here at the corner, I could also change the material of that brick layer. So by unchecking material by original. Here that gives me access to the material. And maybe I want to change that to something else, like, perhaps, some concrete.

And I'll click okay. And so now, this part is assigned to concrete instead of brick. And so, as you can see, there's nothing different about these parts than the parts we were creating directly in the model. The only difference is, their host. is living in a link. Now the additional benefit we get from the host living in a link is that if the link gets updated. We're going to see that update carry all the way through to our parts here. Now I can't have both the host and the link open at the same time. So I'll have to close this one.

So I'll go to the big R and choose close. I've created this project from scratch so its never been saved before, so it's asking me if I want to save my changes, so I'll go ahead and say yes and give this a name. I'll just call this Linked Project. That'll close the file. And then, I'm going to pick on the original link here, this is the nested architectural file. And zoom in near the front door here, and I want to make a change that'll be immediately obvious when we reload it back in to the other file. So I'm just going to take this front door and I'm going to slide it over a noticeable amount.

So when this reloads in the other file we'll see very clearly that it's no longer in the center. Its been moved way over to the edge. So I'll go to the big R and I'll go to Close. I want to make sure I saved this File so that I preserve that change in the background. So I'll say yes. Now the way links work in Revit is, when you reopen your linked project, it will automatically load the latest and greatest changes from that linked architectural model. And you can already see that the door is now in a new location. And not only did it change the underlying link, but it has also modified the part that we created from that nested wall.

So, by being able to create the parts from linked files, it opens up the door to all sorts of possibilities of multi-discipline coordination, and really makes this tool much more valuable than it would be if it was available only within the actual file that the objects were created in. So this allows us to really leverage the full benefit of parts across our entire, wider project team.

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