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Thread: Altering how 3D Models are Respresented in 2D?

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    Altering how 3D Models are Respresented in 2D?

    I have been trying to figure out a way to be able to be able to link a 3D model with a 2D symbol so that I may quickly switch between the two and maybe give some automation to it. For example, when I place a 3D model of some valve, it shows in our plan view in 2D and the symbol that Revit uses to represent it is not necessarily the symbol that our company needs to use.

    I have been looking around for a solution, however the best I can find right now is I have been told to hide the valve models in my plan view and then just lay over the symbol of my choosing. Does Revit have a way to control how a 3D model is represented in 2D? Or is there another solution, maybe some form of scripting?

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    In the family editor select your geometry and hit the visibility settings button...

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    I've found that the best way to deal with this 2D/3D problem is to nest 2D Graphic Annotation families into my 3D Pipe Accessory/Fitting families. Set the GA family to be visible at Coarse detail and the 3D objects to be visible at Fine detail. This method will NOT work with sloped pipe. (I don't care because I don't slope pipe in my models unless it's absolutely necessary.)

    I've also recently found a way (thanks to Josephpeel) to attach images to the families and schedule those images on my cover sheet. The images are of each valve's 2D appearance (I had to hand make them with MS Paint...) and the Legend schedule will auto-populate as they're added to the model. It took a lot of set-up and trial-and-error but I eventually got it to work with all of my piping and duct accessories and fittings.
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