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maberry
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Registered: ‎12-31-2012
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Parametric Products

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12-31-2012 11:32 AM

I deal with custom casework where custom is required for as-built field conditions.  Height, width, and depth are only a few of possibly hundreds of conditions that need to be parametric.  Currently we engineer these cabinets in AutoCAD 3D, whereas there is a spreadsheet driving the parametric drawing.  All of canned data is stuffed into a SQL database.  Our customers also need manufacturing data coming from the drawings, so I am a little confused about how we should interface with Revit.  I see that it is possible to import from AutoCAD, but don't see that thee is a standardized way to provide information about the products such as manufacture, item number, size, price, etc...  We built a small plug-in that allows us to bring over a corrisponding spreadsheet with such information, but there must be some unobvious and standardized way to deal with customers where families / libraries in Revit just aren't practical.  For reference, www.microvellum.com.  Thanks in advance for any help or suggestions.

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jeremytammik
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Re: Parametric Products

01-07-2013 03:21 AM in reply to: maberry

Dear maberry, I would hope that your AutoCAD workflow involves a custom plu-in of yours which reads all these hundreds of spreadsheet or database parameters and generates the appropriate geometry from it automatically. Similarly, you would implement a Revit add-in which reads the parameters and generates a family definition from them using the Revit Family API:

 

http://thebuildingcoder.typepad.com/blog/2011/10/families-guide.html

 

The blog includes a pointer to the ADN Family API training material plus couple of samples showing how to generate and load families programmatically.

 

I hope this helps.



Jeremy Tammik
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