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    Garage Door Family Guidance

    All I am trying to adapt a manufacturer garage door to something a contractor wants. This includes building a framed window option at the top panel. I've managed to solve this in the smaller 8ft door configuration, but am stumped as to why it splits and jumps the way it does for the larger door configuration. When considering the brain power to make this operational, one has to evaluate the ease of making two families vs all in one, to accomplish the goal. If I am planning on resolving this one family challenge, how do any of you recommend achieving this? Like I'd like the lower sections to have 4 panels not 2, but I dont have enough experience to understand how to develop a formula. I am hopeful for a little guidance.

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    I'd recommend modeling the doors as if they are one-off project specific designs for now if you don't have a robust understanding of the family editor. Garage door panel designs can get quite complicated and formula-heavy if you're looking to model the details AND make it parametric.

    If you know how to make use of visibility parameters and utilize types in the nested panel sections, I'd go that route for your situation.

    EDIT:: Looks like you're trying to go for a Cortona panel design with a Madeira top panel window?
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    Correct. Can you offer an inkling of insight on how to use the visibility parameters? I am savvy, just new to families/revit. You are correct on the assumption of the blend of panel types. Trying to learn, but yes I see the issue. Is it possible to setup one panel, and set the edges to the reference planes, and have it divide based upon the width i.e. /2 or /4 based upon the type?

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    If you know the two sizes you are trying to do, I'd just model them with extrusions at the size you need. No real need for reference planes or dimension parameters to control anything width-related. May want some for the height, but not necessary if you can figure out the section heights. Model the two panel at X width and the four panel at Y width. Have the visibility parameters linked to a width parameter in the nested panel section family and carry that width parameter to the 'main' door family. Lock the center reference plane to the center of the opening.

    Those Amarr doors were modeled almost a decade ago with the assumption at the time being a decal would be better suited than modeling the actual detail of the door. We've been changing that process for clients as we have time.
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    Thanks Andrew. While waiting I googled some Youtube videos on visibility. It was simpler than I understood previously. But likely you suggested, for time, I just modeled two door types and am done. I want to learn...but at the expense of time...sometimes....

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    This is definitely not what you're looking for, but might provide some food for thought when it comes to modeling garage doors.

    This is a fairly accurate representation of the Rytec Spiral FV. It's a metal/glass slat door that operates at high speed, you might see this on the service bay of a fancy car dealer.

    This is a "pretty simple" adaptive component, based on the idea of hosting nested slats to a single spline.
    Open/Close the door and watch it coil up.
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    Thanks aristide. I will look when I get a moment.

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    Dear Thanks a lot for giving us this door, I have downloaded it.
    It is fantastic well drawn garage door.
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