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    Families cutting families

    I can't figure out how to get a family (such as a kitchen sink) to automatically cut another family (like a countertop) when it's placed. Is there a trick I'm missing on how to make this happen without the extra step of cutting manually? I want to be lazy I mean efficient.

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    Hi DavidLarson, I put a void under the sink family to do that so once the sink is placed the void automatically cuts the other family!!; another thing I've do for that is to create a void family with some parameters that you'll be able to link into your new family, am I clear enough?, I don't know if there is a better way, HTH
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    I've done that but I still have to tell the sink to cut the counter after it's placed.

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    Try making the cutting family face-based, make sure "Cut with Voids When Loaded" (Family Category & Parameters) is checked.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidLarson View Post
    I've done that but I still have to tell the sink to cut the counter after it's placed.
    Correct: thats what you need to do
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    My sink is a face-based family with a void (the void needs to be cutting the host in the family editor). No need to turn on "Cut with Voids..." doing it this way, though it requires your counter and cabinet to be one element if you want both of them to cut. Interestingly, Cut with Voids gives the example of cutting casework with a sink, yet it doesn't list casework as one of the categories it will cut (it does list ceilings, floors, generic models, roofs, structural columns, structural framing, structural foundations, and walls). Using Cut with Voids also requires the step of cutting after placement.

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    While true, cut with voids (instead of face based) also survives being Model Grouped and copied around. And rotated. And mirrored.

    It does not- however- play nice in nested families.

    But mine are now all unhosted with voids, and I cut them. I'm much happier with it.

    Sent from my Phablet. Please excuse typos... and bad ideas.

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    But your counters have to be GM's right? Or do they now cut Casework?
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    I'm not sure if they have to be or not, but good call: My countertops are generic models. Allows them to be cut AND be joined.

    And the new countertop schedules I have track each side splash and backsplash, variable on all sides.

    Sent from my Phablet. Please excuse typos... and bad ideas.

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    Turns out voids will cut casework, and also furniture. I wonder what else that wasn't included in the list will be cut...

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