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    Differences in Detail Family Templates

    I'm wanting to create some Detail Families. I'm thinking this is best bet for my Drafting Views and my single-line schematic "typical details" that I'll be creating. I see two different templates:
    • Detail Item line based.rft
    • Detail Item.rft

    I'm not sure I fully understand the "line based" Detail Item RFT file? Anyone mind shining some light on this for me before I begin? Thanks!

    - Tannar
    Tannar Z. Frampton ™
    Frampton & Associates, Inc.

    line based DC's are objects with an instance based length property that are drawn by placing a start and end point similar to drawing a line. On the architectural side it is things like plywood sheathing, GWB, vapor barrier etc. They can also have arrays in them that are useful for repeating elements - CMU, furring strips.

    DC's are objects that generally have a fixed size - 2x4, 2x6, window sills.

    it's best explained through experience - in the OOTB components the AISC Angle Shapes-Side is a line-based component, AISC Angle Shapes-Section is a standard DC. create a project and place both and see how they behave
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      I'm not sure I would create families for your drafting view details. It's not really a detail component, it sounds like it's an actual detail.

      I would create several drafting views in a blank revit file. Name them correctly. Then, in your projects, you can use the Insert>from file option to pull them into your project. When you choose a file to insert from, it opens a dialogue listing all your drafting views (or sheets (yes, you can have them already on sheets) or schedules) with a check box next to it. It shows you a preview of the detail as you select it. You can even have sections and elevations (as drafting views, not live). So, if you have a drafting view that is referenced and you pull in that view, the referenced view comes in automatically.

      And, if you create another drafting view detail in a project, you can use the insert from file to bring it into your detail project for use later.

      It's pretty sweet. I'd look into it for your typical details.


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