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    Family Rotation and Which Templates

    I hope this is a very simple problem. I drew an office chair starting with the seat from a side profile width (left right) and height (up down) then extruded (into the screen for say) for depth. When I try to load it into project it keeps wanting the put the side view normal to the floor. I want the chair to stand up not lay on its side. I have tried changing reference planes in family editor with no luck. I have tried numerous family templates (generic model, detail and profile). Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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    In the family editor the view names represent the real world orientation of the object (3D element categories). That means the plan view is plan. You created your chair lying on its side. You should have modelled it from a side view. You used the Casework category, a chair is normally assigned to Furniture...start with the furniture template. You can change the category still, Family Category and Parameters button on the Create ribbon.

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    Hello, you said you "drew an office chair, ... then extruded... ", but what I see is a .dwg import, not something you "drew" or "extruded". Or do you mean you drew it and extruded it in AutoCAD? If you want to fix the rotation of this object, go to different views, and do one rotation at a time, until the front of the seat is facing the front of the view cube. But...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve_Stafford View Post
    In the family editor the view names represent the real world orientation of the object (3D element categories). That means the plan view is plan. You created your chair lying on its side. You should have modelled it from a side view. You used the Casework category, a chair is normally assigned to Furniture...start with the furniture template. You can change the category still, Family Category and Parameters button on the Create ribbon.

    Cannot believe I would have not of thought of that. Thank You very much! It probably is not good practice, but in reality you can draft in any template as long as you par attention to the elevation vs plan views. I almost always just use general model. Did casework just to see what's going on.

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    A lot of people make families in the general category then change it later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidLarson View Post
    A lot of people make families in the general category then change it later.
    First question we have to ask is "What is this thing?" Start with a template for that thing's category. When a category template doesn't exist for it, we choose from one of the catch-all categories: Generic Model (cuttable) or Specialty Equipment (not-cuttable).

    Yes we can change a category later but if we assign things to sub-categories (or create them) we have to redo that work when we change it. I prefer to avoid that so I make the decision up front. If something forces me to change it later, outside my control...so be it.

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    How do you change it later? Copy and paste into a new family template?

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    While the family is open (Family Editor) > Create ribbon > Properties Panel > Family Category and Parameters button (yellow folder on the icon).
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