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    Complex Office Curtain Wall Family

    Hi all!

    I am creating a set of families and types to be used as office partitions. I've created some panels (metal, glass, double-glass, etc.), several mullions (different ones for top/bottom/left/right), doors, and then created some types using these components.

    I have a ton of questions regarding each of these components, but mostly I would like to know if I'm heading the right way. Would nested families be the way to go (Curtain walls inside other curtain walls) for more complex partitions? How should I schedule all the different parts?

    If any long-time pros want to chime in and give their 2 cents I would be very grateful!

    Thanks in advance,
    Noam

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    First things first, Welcome to the forum Noam!

    As to your query - as with all things, the answer is "depends". Useful I know.

    How you "best" approach this is essentially all down to the degrees of control you wish to retain at project level, (curtain wall length/height adjusting, curtain grid shifting, curtain wall type swapping, etc) or at a deeper, family level. Personally, I'm more fond of the latter than the former, and don't care for Curtain wall mullions at all - but the fact is one has to consider the practicalities and realties of both together.

    If you've some stuff you can show, like what you've developed already, or (real world) examples what you're looking to achieve then we'll be better equipped to steer you...
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    Quote Originally Posted by snowyweston View Post
    and don't care for Curtain wall mullions at all
    be still my heart, he didn't really mean it! Curtain wall mullions are my life so be kind to them!
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    Hi,
    I'm attaching a few screencaps of the project (unfortunately not allowed to share it currently).
    Do you recommend structuring my curtain wall differently? I've embedded 2D CAD details in the mullions, is this good practice?
    Thanks!
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Complex Office Curtain Wall Family-all-components.png   Complex Office Curtain Wall Family-all-components-3d.png   Complex Office Curtain Wall Family-glass-panel-mullions.png   Complex Office Curtain Wall Family-metaldoor.png   Complex Office Curtain Wall Family-curtain-wall-definition.png  


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    Quote Originally Posted by Noam_r View Post
    Hi,
    I'm attaching a few screencaps of the project (unfortunately not allowed to share it currently).
    Do you recommend structuring my curtain wall differently? I've embedded 2D CAD details in the mullions, is this good practice?
    Thanks!
    Hi Noam, to me it looks like you have a good grasp of Revit storefront/curtain wall as it relates to your office partitions. My only comment at this point is, it's generally considered bad form to use imported CAD in Revit models. God forbid that you explode CAD details in a project or family environment. What I do is very similar to what you do and all of my 2D details are native Revit linework. Converting CAD linework to Revit linework can be a relatively fast process once you have the tools necessary to make it happen. You will have to deal with the maximum line length issue in Revit but that's never bothered me much and I work around it. For me, extrusion die drawings are done by others in AutoCAD so what I'm producing is a conveyance of a detail. There are lots of threads here about both importing/exploding/linking CAD and the line length issue. Check 'em out

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