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    SAT to Revit

    I just imported an .sat file into Revit. In Revit I created a mass.rft to import the .sat file into. How can I get to a point where I can select individual geometry? Right now when I select anything, I get one unit (including all geometry) surrounded by a rectangular bounding box. I'm assuming that is the entire family. How do I get inside to work on things? By the way, I'm new to Revit and trying desperately to learn how to use it...very different from all the other CAD packages that I've used

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    If its a solid in the .sat, you can explode it and get shape handles to edit it, if youre in a version newer than 2013.

    But i can tell you from a lot of research, that this new functionality doesnt help solve any of the stability or erratic behaviors of having CAD stuff in Revit. Meaning, the only smart way to work with it is to rebuild it out of native revit mass geometry, and not use the .sat file.
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    Okay, thanks.

    Right, I've heard that a lot (that rebuilding is best) on the forums. That is something that I certainly intend to do when I can.

    My number one question to Autodesk, as I try to get geometry from AutoCAD to Revit is: Why isn't there an easy way to do this between the two apps? ...both Autodesk products?? I realize that the intention with Revit was to develop a completely different product but this conversion can be done using a third party and should be available as a direct option when needed.

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    Without speaking for Autodesk I would hazard a guess that they might tell you there is a workflow between these software packages... whether you/we/I agree with them or think the workflow is in our best interests is another issue entirely.

    We import DWG files into families all the time. I don't love it but we're not in the business of making families so, if it's going to be a considerable amount of work to recreate the item natively in Revit, we have to weigh that against the benefits (perceived or real) of either methodology. I know there are some/many on this forum who have seen stability/erratic issues with imports but, if that's going on in our projects we haven't noticed... or maybe we've been dealing with these issues all along and don't know how good things could be without them. Dunno

    Now, if I were a manufacturing company who was producing content for designers to use that would be a different conversation altogether.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bfackrell View Post
    Okay, thanks.

    Right, I've heard that a lot (that rebuilding is best) on the forums. That is something that I certainly intend to do when I can.

    My number one question to Autodesk, as I try to get geometry from AutoCAD to Revit is: Why isn't there an easy way to do this between the two apps? ...both Autodesk products?? I realize that the intention with Revit was to develop a completely different product but this conversion can be done using a third party and should be available as a direct option when needed.
    Two vastly different programs from different developers. Revit was purchased by Autodesk, not developed in house. AutoCAD is mostly a drafting and solid modeling program. Revit, at its roots, is a building modeling and database program. There is limited interoperability between the two, it kinda works but isn't reliable, efficient or perfect by any stretch. Just like any other dissimilar software packages trying to play nice. You can do it, it might do what you want, might not, no guarantees. And in most cases they (developers) didn't think of the one thing you differently than their test cases.

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