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    Documenting a family element

    I created a very detailed parametric family of a front door unit. I loaded it into my project and it works great and looks great. I would like to show just the model of the door on a sheet for my mill-work shop. I need the sheet to have the typical front, vertical section and horizontal section, as well as a dimensions, detail views and material list. I could not sea a way of doing this in the family editor. I would like the sheet to be included in the project sheet set with other mill-work items like these trusses after my interior elevations. I have done this for years in Auto-Cad and Inventor. How is this done in Revit?

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    you wouldn't do this in the family; you'd do it in the project by setting up the views you want and placing your dimensions in those views. Then put those views on a sheet with your schedule. Or...am I totally misunderstanding you? Your work suggests that you obviously have a good grasp of Revit, so I'm probably not reading your question right.

    BTW: Nice Work.

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    You can make an assembly of it as well, this lets you create the views you need with just a few clicks and add them to a sheet. Just select the door and click the make assembly icon (next to the create group icon). Once you have the assembly (it will end up all the way to the bottom of your family browser) you can right click it and choose what views you want to make.
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    Here is a sheet I produced from a model in Inventor. This is what I'm trying to do with Revit.
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    That Icon is gray.

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    Robin,
    That option is gray for some reason. The project has several phases and many options for this front entry design. Maybe Something is with these setting is inhibiting the make assembly icon active.

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    mmm, not sure why that is, would say it is the options. You can always just make elevation en section views for that window and add them to a sheet.

    Anway, the window sheet I make:

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    The Windows schedule you see on my sheet is not the one from the assembly, that just count the assembly and still gives a count of 1 when you have multiple of the same window.
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    Just tested and indeed the assembly function is grey when you have options for that window.

    Trying to think why and I'm guessing Revit wants you to choose an option before documenting your model. To bad that does not work in real life sometimes.
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    That looks like what I am attempting to do. What is the process?

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    It does involve assemblies for this example, but I guess you can just make a few elevations and sections. A short explanation of the process:

    01. Create an assembly from the windows
    02. In your project browser (at the bottom) right click the assembly and choose 'create assembly Views'
    03. Choose which View you want to make (I have Elevation Front, Detail Section B, Plan Detail and 3D Ortho)
    04. I would not choose sheet and schedule as I think making them the 'normal' way is better
    05. Clean up your views and mnake them look the way you want with dimensions, text, etc.
    06. Creat a sheet the 'normal' way
    07. Drag the Assembly views onto that sheet
    08. Make a Window Schedule and filter it so you just have that 1 windows type on it
    09. Drag that to the sheet too
    10. DONE !

    You could make some details too if you like and add them to your sheet.

    Without the assemblies the process is about the same, just make the needed views.


    Last option is to create a Legend but I do not like that option.


    Really too bad there is no easy way for a 1 click windows /door sheet, yet.
    Last edited by Robin Deurloo; October 17th, 2016 at 09:14 PM.

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