Join Shaun Bryant for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating new family types, part of Cert Prep: Revit Architecture Certified Professional (2016).
- [Voiceover] We're now in the last video of our elements and families chapter in our Revit architecture professional certification prep course. Now you'll notice we have a new Revit project open at the top of the screen there it's RevitProject_TYPES and what we're going to look at now is creating a family type and bringing that family type into this project. So we don't actually need to use this project just yet. What we're going to do, we're going to create a very simple door family and then we're going to load that into our project and actually insert it into this wall in our north elevation in our Revitproject_TYPES.rvt file.
Now obviously be aware that you can download the file from yolinda.com exercise files and it is a Revit 2014 file so it will upgrade if you're using a newer version of Revit. So let's go and create a new door family. It's going to be very simple just like a box that is the shape of the door and we're going to insert that into our Revit project. So I go up to the application menu here and I hover over new and I say that I want to create a family, a Revit family and the good thing is there's a whole load of family templates already set up in Revit architecture.
So these are all metric because I'm using the UK version of Revit architecture right now and I'm going to select Metric Door like so, so there it is there and I click on open like so. So that loads up quite happily like that. Now what I will do is I will make sure that the metric door template is available to you because some of you may be using an imperial version of Revit that doesn't have that metric door template so I'll make sure that that is loaded up and ready for you in yolinda.com download files.
So you'll notice now we're in the family editor, you'll notice the ribbon is subtly different. Similar style but different commands and you'll notice at the top there it says Family4 and we're in the floor plan. Now the first thing I'm going to do is I'm going to do a save as so I'm going to go up here to the application menu, save as and it's obviously going to be a family and you can see I've already got door1 in there. I'm going to overwrite that and save like so. Do I want to replace it, yes I do. Now you can call it door1, you can call it door whatever you like really I've just called it door one because it's nice and easy to type.
So you can see at the top now we have door1.rfa and rfa is a Revit family and at the moment we're in the reference level floor plan. What we're going to do is we're going to zoom in on the opening which is here. Now the good thing about these templates it tells you which is the exterior side and the interior side, gives you some parameters to work with as well. So I'm gonna zoom in there and you can see the gap that is there for the door. Can you see the wall there? There's the wall highlighting, there's the gap here. Now what I'm going to do is I'm going to place a rectangle that forms my door.
Now the rectangle will be an extrusion. We are working in 3D so I go up to the create tab on the ribbon in the family editor and in the forms here I select extrusion. Now it goes into sketch mode, so you can see the green tick and the red cross here. I'm going to use the rectangle command in the draw panel there and I'm just going to use my snaps and I'm just going to literally place a very boring rectangle like that. Now it's asking for depth here on the options bar 250 make that 1,000, just for argument's sake.
We'll tweak all the height of the door in a minute but this depth gives you the height of the door in the opening. So I'll press enter for that and what I'll do now is I'll click on the green tick and my extrusion now fills that door opening. So if I now go to one of the elevations, let's go to the exterior elevation, I'll double click on it there and you can see the door there is highlighted because I still have it selected. Zoom in bit and just click and drag that door up on the little grip there until it gets to the top of the door opening and there's our door in place like so.
Now when you're working in your families you can obviously specify material. So if I click here in the properties I can select something like default roof, default wall, glass or something. I'm going to go for glass door like so and that will go a nice blue color when I'm using the shaded visual style in my Revit project when I bring this in so I'll okay that like so. So I've got a nice glass door there now. What we need to do is we need to save our family so we can go up to the application menu here and just click on save like that, that saves all the details that we've put in or I can just hit save here on the quick access toolbar, that will do the same thing.
Now the one thing you'll notice at the end of each of these tabs can you see you've got to load into project? Now if I go to view here and I look at the switch windows here you'll see that I've still got my project open. There's my .rvt there. So I can go back to the project at any time. The one that's ticked at the moment is our exterior elevation of our door1.rfa. So what I do now is I'm going to load this into the project. Click like so and it's loaded into the project, can you see my door1 there in the properties? There it is.
And if I bring that down into the wall I will just place it centrally in the wall and I'm going to click like that, so my door has gone into my wall. I'm going to hit escape now just to deselect the wall, I'm going to jump into the north elevation now of my Revit project and there's my glass door. If I click on that it tells me it's door one and as you can see I've placed a door nail in my wall with a family that I've created, set up using my parameters. Now the family editor is still open so if I go to view now like so and I go to switch windows I can now jump back in to that exterior elevation of door one, click on it like so, and there it is there.
So there's my door there. Now obviously we've got some parameters there, you'll see we've got a height parameter of 2,000 and if I come out a bit more you can see there that we've got some other parameters as well. So if I go to my floor reference level you can see we've got a width there as well. Now I can change these parameters quite happily in my family by clicking on this icon here. So family types like so, if I bring the family types dialog into the center there, you can see look there's my height and width. Now if I want to add a new family type to door1 I can give it a name.
So this one is a 1,000 x 2,000 door so what I'll do is I'll put in there 1,000 mm X 2,000 mm like so. So that's my first family type in there like that. So that's in there there it is there. What I can do now is I can create a new one but what I'll do is I'll change the parameters, I'll change the width slightly to 1,250 like so and I'll click on new, and I can now add a 1,250 x 2,000 mm as well.
So if I okay those now those are my two new types that I've added, so I'll apply that and I'll okay that. And I'll save those changes, those parameter changes. And then what I'll do now is I'll load that into the project again and it will say do I want to overwrite the existing version and its parameter values, yes please and now when I go to the elevation again, my north elevation in my Revit project, and select it like so if I click on the down arrow you'll see that I've got the 1,000 x 2,000 and the 1,250 so I can make that door wider by adding extra parameter values to my Revit family, my door1 Revit family.
And that's how you work with families and develop families in Revit architecture.
Once you're finished with this course, you can feel confident taking the Revit Architecture 2015 Certified Professional exam.
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