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    Modify A Family Category

    Hello all,
    I am new to Revit forum. I am currently attending a reputable college learning BIM. I am currently working with Revit 2013 (student version).
    Right now I am trying to create a family to place into my project. It is a standard kitchen base cab. i have made about 8 additional types for this. This has been relatively simple to create but I am having a problem figuring this last thing out. So, for my largest cab in the family types is 36" wide. At this size I would like to add a style in the center for the purpose of adding the cab doors, thus leads me into my question.

    How or is it possible to modify only one family type in the family?

    I would like to add this style only to this size cab but still want it in the same family.
    If I didn't explain it well or my terminology is incorrect please let me know.

    Thank you
    Last edited by Culprit; March 16, 2014, 07:10 AM.

    #2
    Originally posted by Culprit View Post
    Hello all,
    I am new to Revit forum. I am currently attending a reputable college learning BIM. I am currently working with Revit 2013 (student version).
    Right now I am trying to create a family to place into my project. It is a standard kitchen base cab. i have made about 8 additional types for this. This has been relatively simple to create but I am having a problem figuring this last thing out. So, for my largest cab in the family types is 36" wide. At this size I would like to add a style in the center for the purpose of adding the cab doors, thus leads me into my question.

    How or is it possible to modify only one family type in the family?

    I would like to add this style only to this size cab but still want it in the same family.
    If I didn't explain it well or my terminology is incorrect please let me know.

    Thank you
    I can only guess you mean stile? As in a central vertical panel the door would close against? Regardless, for any piece of geometry in your family you can apply a visibility parameter (type or instance) to hide or show it in the placed instance in a project.
    Select the geometry and in the properties palette you will see a 'visible' value checked by default, hit the small grey button immediately to the right of it and you will be presented with a smallish window dialogue where you can apply a pre-existing yes/no parameter or you can create a new one.


    and welcome to the forum!
    There are no stupid questions, only stupid people

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      #3
      Thank you for the reply! This will definitely work with making my upper cab. What I didn't think of mentioning was has a drawer above each door. I'm glad you showed me this method because I forgot about the upper cabs and this is going to make it easier.
      Back to my base cab. I can technically make this work by changing how the stile is placed, but this would not be how it is made in the real world so I would not like to draw it this way. Currently, by hiding the stile right now it puts a break in my horizontal face frame where the drawers go. So I guess what I am trying to do is;

      Remove the center geometry completely and add something else in its place. This is for only the one family type.

      Thank you.

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        #4
        Originally posted by Culprit View Post

        ...Remove the center geometry completely and add something else in its place. This is for only the one family type.

        Thank you.
        So create a visibility parameter for each piece and switch them on/off as desired. Using a simple NOT formula will allow only one visible at a time. If you get to the stage of say, 4 or more pieces you'd like to swap out and are determined to keep everything in one family, start researching nested families and the <family type> parameter.
        There are no stupid questions, only stupid people

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          #5
          I finally got it done! What I ended up doing is what you said at first, creating a visibility parameter. It looks strange in the family editing but comes out properly in the project.
          So what I did was create three visibility parameters; one for Cab Door Stile, one for Drawer Only, and one for Cab Door Stile w/Drawer. I just have Drawer Only checked for all the family types except for the type that I waned to stile in. This one I de-checked it and have only Cab Door Stile & Cab Door Stile w/Drawer checked.

          I would like to thank you for both your good advise and quick responses.
          Thank you!

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