A basic family is pretty dumb until you ad the connector. Well, maybe that's a harsh term, but a family is just a basic BIMless block without a connector. In this video we will learn the types of data that is associated with the different kinds of connectors and we will actually ad one to a mass, load it into a project and test it out!
- [Narrator] What I'd like to do is look at what makes a family a family. See, when we have a family that needs mechanical or electrical data, we need a connector added to it. Yeah, we could make a family mechanical equipment, but we don't really know what kind of equipment data that's gonna have appended to it. It's the connector that makes it a family. So let's just start from scratch. Under Families, let's go New. What I want to do is just go down to Generic Model, and let's hit Open.
This is just an ambiguous run-of-the-mill family. Let's make it something though, so on the Create tab, let's click on Family Category and Parameters. I'm gonna come down and I'm gonna make it Mechanical Equipment, then I'm gonna hit OK. Now I'm simply gonna just create a big extrusion. Now I don't care how big it is, I'm just gonna draw a rectangle, and I'm gonna click Finish Edit Mode. Now if I click Family Category and Parameters, it knows it's mechanical equipment, then they have values associated with it, but if I go to the blue R, go to New, Project, and I'll start with a mechanical template, hit OK, I'm gonna hit Control + Tab, and I'm gonna click Load Into Project right here.
I'm gonna zoom in, I'm gonna pick a point right here, and I'm gonna select it. Now look, it knows that it's mechanical equipment, because we made it mechanical equipment, but there's no data associated with it, so I'm gonna click on Edit Family. I'm gonna go to a 3D view, and I'm gonna go to Create. Now if we look at our connectors, notice all the different types of connectors we can have. So if I select a duct connector, I'm just gonna place it right on the front face of this item.
I'm gonna select the connector itself. Now I can look at my properties. I can change my height and my width. I'll keep it at one foot, and I'll scroll down. My flow configuration, I'll make it be system. My flow direction, I'll make it be out. System classification, I can keep it as supply air. I won't define a loss method, and my flow will be 150 CFM. I'm gonna click Apply.
Now I'm gonna load this back into my project. I'm gonna overwrite the existing version. Now when I go to a 3D view, I can select it. Notice though now that I can create a duct system. Now if I click this Create Duct, I actually can create a duct coming straight off of this, because it knows that that's a duct connector. If I go to my 1-Mech floor plan, and I select it, I can go out, maybe I'll give it an offset of six feet.
I can come straight out with my duct, come over like that, go back to a 3D view, now we have a duct. So when I select it, notice that now it's on a duct system. That system, I can rename it, do whatever I want with it. Let's hit Escape a couple times, I'm gonna select the same component, and I'm gonna click on Edit Family. I want to go to a 3D view. Now what I want to do is go to Create, I'm gonna go to Electrical Connector, and I want to put that maybe on this face.
I'm gonna hit Tab until I get to this face right here, I'm gonna pick it, I'm gonna select my electrical connector. System type, I want to go Power-Balanced. I'll keep one pole, lagging, load classification, HVAC, I'm gonna click OK. Voltage, I'll put it on 120, and I'll keep the apparent load to nothing, power factor nothing, click Apply.
Now let's load this back into the project, overwrite the existing version. Now when I select it, I can create a power system. Obviously if I put a pipe connector on there, I can create pipe systems, conduit connector, cable tray connector. So you see the importance of adding a connector. Sure, we made mechanical equipment, but it didn't have any smarts to it. The power of bend comes into those connectors.
- Importing AutoCAD files into Revit
- Linking Revit modeling
- Creating floor plans
- Using worksets
- Creating sheets
- Creating new family types
- Adding and modifying ducts, fixtures, piping, plumbing, and more
- Creating plumbing and HVAC plans
Skill Level Intermediate
Q: This course was updated on 11/01/2017. What changed?
A: The following topics were updated: collaboration, documentation, elements, modeling, and views.