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    materials are not shown in Revit!

    Hey guys,
    I have created a support family and have defined appropriate materials for different parts of this support, but unfortunately when i load the family into Revit, the materials do not appear! (all other families that i have created till now are ok! but this one is really bothering me.)
    Can anyone help me with this issue? tnx.
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    Could be a number of things but as you mention your other families work ok i'd start by checking your element and view phasing.
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    I find it is a good idea to link materials in families to parameters. Then you can set the materials in the project (Edit Type) instead of in the family itself.
    That way you also only have to manage/maintain materials in your project and not in every family.
    If you also only have Default material in the family itself, then set it to what you want in the project, this avoids random materials being added every time you load a family.
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    Quote Originally Posted by josephpeel View Post
    I find it is a good idea to link materials in families to parameters. Then you can set the materials in the project (Edit Type) instead of in the family itself.
    That way you also only have to manage/maintain materials in your project and not in every family.
    If you also only have Default material in the family itself, then set it to what you want in the project, this avoids random materials being added every time you load a family.
    Thank you Joseph for you reply, I always define an "instance or type" parameter for materials when i'm creating families, but here the problem was something else. As you know it is not possible to assign a specific material to the ducts and pipes like you do for the fittings, valves or ..., so i decided to assign a material to "duct system" instead of duct itself and this actually caused the problem. As you know allocating a material to a "system" would result in all the elements of that system getting the same material despite the fact that you have defined their material previously in the family creation part. So i understood that changing "duct system" material is not an appropriate way to change the duct material itself. At the end i decided to change the duct material by "Object Styles" tool (at least it is graphically ok now as you can see in the picture), if you know any other way over this problem (how to change the material of duct itself) I will be grateful if you leave a comment.
    tnx.
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    Ah yes, it is very weird that Material cant be set in the Duct Type. In Pipe Type you can set material in the 'Segment' for each type, but only when it is created..

    I dont often make this kind of render and just use system materials with all kinds of colours to show what system they are, but in the system material I set a colour under Graphics options (For Shaded and Consistent colour views) and under Appearance I set galvanised steel or something (For Realistic views and renders), so at least all the ducts look the same when rendered.

    If you want accessories or equipment to use their original materials even though they are in a system, add another type of connector and system to the family. If something has more than one system attached it doesnt overide the original materials.

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