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Rail Structure profile coarse/medium/fine detail level problem

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04-25-2012 10:57 AM

Hi Everyone.

I am trying to create a custom railing family that displays different in the coarse detail level than it does in medium or fine.

What I am doing is I have to have a simple line style for the handrails when in fine, and a complex style in medium or coarse.

So I was able to do this just fine with the rail Balusters. I inserted a narrow "Simple" model objects for the fine detail and fully details model objects for medium and fine.  This worked great.

The issue I am having is with the rail structure profile. The horizonatl rail is round. But I want a diameter of 1mm for fine and a diameter or 48mm for medium and fine.  If I place two seperate circles and assign them the "Visibility/Graphics Override" the family brakes and won't let me select the family in the "Rail Structure" of the family type properties.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks Chad

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Re: Rail Structure profile coarse/medium/fine detail level problem

04-28-2012 05:41 AM in reply to: chad2472

I think the reason is because balusters are 3D, while rails work with profiles, which are 2D, and if you put 2 circles in a profile, Revit will issue an error, saying that "Rail profile must have one closed loop".


But, just curious, why do you want to have a round rail that is 1mm in diameter? That is a big difference from 48 mm. You might not even be able to see it on the screen, or to build it in reality.


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Re: Rail Structure profile coarse/medium/fine detail level problem

04-30-2012 07:17 AM in reply to: Alfredo_Medina

Hi, thanks for the responce. We are just switching over to 3D from 2D and the standard was to show centerlines for the handrails.  So I have setup my handrails with 1mm dia to reproduce the centerline look. But I was hoping to have the option to show the true 48mm rails in the fine detail view.  I don't suppose there is a way to have the dia of the circle change according to the detail level is there?

Thanks Chad

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