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Thread: Custom Family Bus Duct Snap / connection points

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    Custom Family Bus Duct Snap / connection points

    I've made a custom bus duct that is able to take on load from custom made bus plugs. Now my question is...can I make specific snap/connection points on my bus duct? For example I only want 10 bus plugs to be able to be placed on a 10ft section of bus duct.

    Any and all information would be helpful, if need be I can send the files.

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    I would suggest that instead of placing stuff on the bus, try putting 10 nested families inside the duct family.
    You can hide some of them them with a formula if the duct is too short.
    Make just one default option in the family itself (Blank plate?) and link it to 'Family Type'/Label instance parameters for positions 1 to 10.
    Then you can make/duplicate/manage all your plug families as Shared families in your project and select which one you want at each position on the duct.
    Because they are shared you can schedule and tag them, even though they are inside the duct family, but you can also link parameters in the bus family.

    Might not work for what you want but this way fixes the plugs in standard positions and gives the option of linking parameters between the duct and plugs, so you might be able to do something with the loads.
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    I didn't think of doing that. But this could possibly bring up another issue...as of now we're unable to change each bus plug's "Load Classification" (demand factor) separately within the project. So what we've done until we figure that out is create a bus plug for each load classification and insert them into the project as needed. I feel using the method you mentioned might create an issue if we have different demand factors in different areas of the bus duct.
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