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    "Flatten" or "stiffen" parametric family

    Hi

    Is there a way to "flatten" (strip out of all parameters and options) the parametric family?

    For example you have a parametric window family that you produced, and that you use to model several buildings. Client does not require you to provide this kind of parametric family (all he needs is a model as-built), and you only did that to speed up your work and save time - therefore you don't want to give it away as a bonus.

    Is there a way to "stiffen" the family, so it stays as inserted in the model and has no further adjustments option?

    Thanks!
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    Export your model to .ifc,.nwc, .dwg or any other transfer format and send them that instead of the .rvt?

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    NOTE: I am not advocating you do such a thing.
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    Unfortunately model has to be *.rvt.

    I guess it has to be manual then. I was just hoping there's a command like that (something like "flatten layers" in photoshop)

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    Quote Originally Posted by paidpal View Post
    Unfortunately model has to be *.rvt.

    I guess it has to be manual then. I was just hoping there's a command like that (something like "flatten layers" in photoshop)
    So instead of giving them a project (which they payed for) with a bit extra smart families you decide to spend even more time (which you won't get payed for) to strip out all the work you already did effectively undoing the stuff that cause you do speed up the project?

    Does not sound very smart or efficient to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by paidpal View Post
    Unfortunately model has to be *.rvt.

    I guess it has to be manual then. I was just hoping there's a command like that (something like "flatten layers" in photoshop)
    I take it you don't share your models with consultants if you are concerned about giving the model to a client?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robin Deurloo View Post
    So instead of giving them a project (which they payed for) with a bit extra smart families you decide to spend even more time (which you won't get payed for) to strip out all the work you already did effectively undoing the stuff that cause you do speed up the project?

    Does not sound very smart or efficient to me.
    Depends how you see it. If giving away the complex family means they will be able to produce the models by themselves in the future without my help, maybe indeed it's not time efficient, but at least I'm not shooting myself in the foot. We're not paying for the software licence so we can be a charity (or do we?).


    PS. I dream of a place we we can just get answers to the questions without all that unnecessary judgments and discussions leading nowhere
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    OK, well then let me give you an option how to do it.
    Export to IFC, start a new clean project and import the IFC again.

    PS. I dream of a place where people just don't care that their clients get a bit more information then they payed for without being scared that they will take projects away from you because you have no other added value for them then just those few families.
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    Quote Originally Posted by paidpal View Post
    PS. I dream of a place we we can just get answers to the questions without all that unnecessary judgments and discussions leading nowhere
    I’m that case... no, you can’t do that easily.

    There, was that helpful?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Robin Deurloo View Post
    ore information then they payed for without being scared that they will take projects away from you because you have no other added value for them then just those few families.
    Thank you, if you want to make it personal, fine. Whatever I produce, it's never "just", just so you know not to measure another's corn by our own bushel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GMcDowellJr View Post
    I’m that case... no, you can’t do that easily.

    There, was that helpful?
    It was indeed, thanks!

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