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    Generic model and structural framing beam and braces familes

    I created a Aluma beam family using the generic model family but when I insert the family into a project I cannot rotate the beams is there a way round this?

    My second problem is I created the same family using the beam and braces family, the beams come in standard lengths 1.22m, 1.83m etc however when I insert into a project I pick 2 points and this will derive the length of the beam is there anyway so that it will come into the project with the standard lengths?

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    Can you post the family? There could be several reasons why it won't rotate.

    As for the sizes, you need to create type parameters to control the length. Then, in the family, create your different types (lengths) and change the parameter for each one. If you have a ton of lengths, you may want to add a type catalog.

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    dzatto here is the file
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    Well, basically it won't work cause you created the wrong template file. You made this as a Generic Model, which doesn't have the same freedom of manipulation as a Structural Beam (it will rotate, but only when using the "rotate" command)
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    Wow, thanks Martijn. I totally missed that he posted the file... that I asked for.

    Sorry for not responding Simon, but Martijn knows way more than I do anyway.

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    How can you create a family with the structural beam template and make it a continuous beam bent where it slopes to a point and slopes back down. I made one in the generic model template and it works fine for what i need it for but i came across a problem when i needed it to have a moment connection on both ends. Do you know any way to resolve this? Thanks for any help you can offer.

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    You possibly use this workflow, if I am understanding what you are looking for:
    1. Create a family that is half the beam, containing geometry from the end connection to the ridge.
    2. Create another family and nest the above family.
    3. In the parent family, copy/mirror the nest along the plane perp to the ridge and asign/link dimensional parameters for each half.

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    Why not simply draw the Sweep sketch in elevation view? Then you can make it any shape you want. Only catch is: you'll need to rotate the profile in order to get it correct.

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