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    Number of sides in a OTB_Concrete_Column

    Hi there,

    I am starting up a new project (Revit 2017) and I have a set of OTB columns loaded. I need to take the default 4-sided column and make it 8-sided (octagonal). I went to Duplicate and Edit the family, but then realized there was not a setting for # of sides. The site does have some square columns so I don't want to do anything radical in the model.

    What is the best practice towards making the change? I've only done a few small things with families so far so I thought I would reach out to experienced folks to see what your thoughts are. Thanks in advance for your help!

    -gary-

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    Originally posted by garywtd View Post
    Hi there,

    I am starting up a new project (Revit 2017) and I have a set of OTB columns loaded. I need to take the default 4-sided column and make it 8-sided (octagonal). I went to Duplicate and Edit the family, but then realized there was not a setting for # of sides. The site does have some square columns so I don't want to do anything radical in the model.

    What is the best practice towards making the change? I've only done a few small things with families so far so I thought I would reach out to experienced folks to see what your thoughts are. Thanks in advance for your help!

    -gary-
    Simplest way would be edit family > save as > 8 sided column > edit the extrusion to have 8 sides > load into project. That will obviously give you a new family.
    You could also use visibility yes/no parameters and have both extrusions in the same family but i wouldnt be a fan of that for something as stoic as structural families which already use visibility controls for detail level.
    There are no stupid questions, only stupid people

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      #3
      Here's what I get:

      I am trying to cut the square (original 4-sided column) out.

      Also, is there a way to center the mouse on an OTB extrusion when it does not show the origin axes?


      Thanks for your help.
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        #4
        Originally posted by garywtd View Post
        Here's what I get:

        I am trying to cut the square (original 4-sided column) out.

        Also, is there a way to center the mouse on an OTB extrusion when it does not show the origin axes?


        Thanks for your help.
        In a regular family the origin axis is the point of where your 'defines origin' reference planes meet, unless you are in adaptive/ mass environment where the points/RL's/surfaces will show a selectable, moveable axis. In a 3D view the centre of the bounding box of whatever geometry you last selected will be the camera orbit axis.
        There are no stupid questions, only stupid people

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          #5
          Oh, OK. That totally makes sense! Thanks for the advice. I can see them now.

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