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carriehall42
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Scaling a detail item

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01-02-2013 07:01 AM

I have a detail item which is a autocad import. The import symbol has a type scale on it that I have linked to a instance parameter. It works perfectly in the family but when I insert into my model it doesn't scale at all. My ultimate goal is for the scale to equal how wide the symbol is. For example: I want it 4' wide the scale would be 48. Can someone please help me? If there is a better way to achieve what I am wanting please feel free to enlighten me. 

 

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DMaurer-Veca
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01-02-2013 08:28 AM in reply to: carriehall42

The attached pdf covers creating a light fixture with a 2D detail symbol that also scales. At the bottom of page 5 is where the 2D symbol directions start. This is based on Revit MEP 2010 and we are using 2013, so I struggled a bit with some cosmetic program changes, but I did get it to work in the model. Good luck.

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carriehall42
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01-02-2013 09:00 AM in reply to: DMaurer-Veca

They suggest making the symbol a generic annotation which I actually thought of doing but I don't need to scale the symbol with the scale of the drawing, I need to scale it for the different sizes of the pipe (mostly in details). 

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01-03-2013 06:11 AM in reply to: carriehall42

If the shape were modified to be a little more regular, then it should be pretty easy to created such a symbol with arcs, references, and constraints.

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Re: Scaling a detail item

01-03-2013 06:16 AM in reply to: CADastrophe

Wow, I'm suprised you don't have a fix for this. I guess I will just continue to use the AutoCAD import. I can scale it and it works for what I need. 

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Re: Scaling a detail item

01-03-2013 07:08 AM in reply to: carriehall42

Well, I did look into the disobedient import, but I don't know why it doesn't obey the scale, nor did I find a work-around to suffice. I can at least confirm this in 2013 as well, and it doesn't matter if it's linked to a Type or an Instance parameter.

 

I still believe it would be better to create the detail component rather than use the import. Attached is a quick example based on your annotation symbol (Revit MEP 2012). Some of the advantages of avoiding the import symbol:

 

1. The file size will be smaller. Compare the size of the file in message #1 to the one attached here.

2. You can control the lineweights and other graphics a bit easier.

3. The import seems to be made of line segments, whereas in Revit, they can be smooth arcs.

 

Sorry I couldn't be of more help, here.

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