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    Line Based Family Help

    This is my first line based family. I thought it would be simple, but, of course, it isn't.

    Here's the family. The issue is, it keeps putting it in upside down. What did I do wrong? And, is there a better way to do it?

    These are the tie downs that the conveyor welds to in a car wash. They are spaced 5' apart, with the odd dimension (if the conveyor isn't divisible by 5) being on the entrance end (right side in plan). It needs to be parametric based on the conveyor length. The conveyor slopes from front to rear, but I don't think that's the issue.

    Maybe a line based family is the wrong approach?
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    Dan

    #2
    Did you model your family above or below the ref. level?

    If you select your family, there should be a little line and a weird symbol at the end, it's the flip work plane tool. Click that and it will flip your family.

    Also, why do you need both tie downs in a single family? I would think that it would only complicate this.
    Last edited by AHutchinson; January 30, 2012, 05:31 PM.
    Adam Hutchinson
    Engineer in Training
    Integrus Architecture, P.S.

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      #3
      Seems to be working as predicted on this end...
      Greg McDowell Jr
      about.me/GMcDowellJr

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        #4
        Originally posted by AHutchinson View Post
        Did you model your family above or below the ref. level?

        If you select your family, there should be a little line and a weird symbol at the end, it's the flip work plane tool. Click that and it will flip your family.

        Also, why do you need both tie downs in a single family? I would think that it would only complicate this.
        Okay, I flipped it. I didn't know there was a flip gizmo there since I hadn't added one. I guess that's part of the family. Then, I had to mirror it since the top tie downs were on the wrong side. I think I got it.

        I put them both in one family because I figured it would be easier. They are always in line with each other. Except, there isn't one at the beginning or the end.

        Originally posted by GMcDowellJr View Post
        Seems to be working as predicted on this end...
        It works here on a level. Just not the slope RP. I bet it has to do with the direction of the RP. Question: Is there a way flip the direction of an RP?
        Dan

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          #5
          Workplane based or face based families usually always have the "flip face/direction" button. It functions differently from the "control" flips you'd place yourself.

          What if you hosted it to the RP? Does that change anything?
          Developer at Anguleris BIMsmith Marketplace.
          Previously at Sumex Design for ARCAT.com

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            #6
            The family works very well Dan..

            Look for this symbol, then the family will flip around the workplane..
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              #7
              Originally posted by Andrew K View Post
              Workplane based or face based families usually always have the "flip face/direction" button. It functions differently from the "control" flips you'd place yourself.

              What if you hosted it to the RP? Does that change anything?
              That's what I did, I just couldn't figure out how to flip it the correct way.

              Originally posted by KimArndt View Post
              The family works very well Dan..

              Look for this symbol, then the family will flip around the workplane..
              Yep, it was flipping around, but not landing the way I wanted it. I finally mirrored it, flipped it, whispered in it's ear, and it worked. Finally! :laugh:
              Dan

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                #8
                Great you got it working. Love the new avatar BTW

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                  #9
                  No way to flip the RP... And yes, you probably drew this counter clockwise. Or it's taking revenge for you killin' it... :hide:
                  Martijn de Riet
                  Professional Revit Consultant | Revit API Developer
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                    #10
                    Originally posted by mdradvies View Post
                    No way to flip the RP... And yes, you probably drew this counter clockwise. Or it's taking revenge for you killin' it... :hide:
                    Drew what counter clockwise?? Explain yourself Martijn!

                    The RP? The Family? My name? what???
                    Dan

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