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Change a Family of an Box and maintain its dimensions

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jonWadelynn
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Change a Family of an Box and maintain its dimensions

I'm fairly new to Revit and use it in a faily limited capacity.  

 

Background - I use edgewise to model from pointclouds and then export the resulting model into revit.  

 

Edgewise doesn't have a generic box object that exports so instead when I need to create boxes in my model I'll use a wooden box that edgewise has.  When it is exported to revit it comes in Structural Column Category and in Dimension Lumber-Column Family.  See this image of the objects and the properties.  There are multiple sizes of the wooden boxes.

 

What I need to do is change the family to a Generic Model/Generic Category.

 

Is that possible without having to change each one individually and creating a new family and type for each size box?  

 

Can anyone offer me a method on how to go about this?

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t_mokha
in reply to: jonWadelynn

Hello Rodney,

 

I see you'd like to use this imported elememt as a Generic Category element instead of Structural Column Category and Dimension Lumber-Column Family that is assigned to it automatically. Do you think you can upload a sample of that family so I try on my side?

 

 

Best regards,



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www.autodesk.com

Message 3 of 7
jonWadelynn
in reply to: t_mokha

Yes, thanks.

 

I think that they may not be able to be converted since they are a structural family, I've been doing some reading and talking to some collegues and that seems to be consensus.  But I'd love to hear that this is possible.

 

Message 4 of 7
t_mokha
in reply to: jonWadelynn

Hello again,

 

I got an error when I tried to change the Family Category Type for most of these boxes to generic:

 

Revit_changing_family_category.png

 

I found some documenatation explaning that this doesn't work because it is not the supported workflow. The different family templates may have very different structure, properties that are hardcoded in the templates and not all the templates are "compatible" with each other. In a structural column template for example there are two level lines that ensure the column family will attach to two levels automatically after loading into the project. However other templates, like the generic template for example, don't have this feature.


So between these family templates, it will be problematic to change the category, since some properties may get lost or may be missing

 

You should be able to similar generic families in Revit though.

 

Here is some help on that topic: Generic Family Creation Tips

 

Would that interfer with your workflow? What do you want to achieve?

 

 

 

I'll search more on possible workarounds.

 

 

Best regards,

 



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Adham Mokhtar
Technical Support Specialist
San José, Costa Rica
www.autodesk.com

Message 5 of 7
jonWadelynn
in reply to: t_mokha

Thanks for all your help.

Message 6 of 7
t_mokha
in reply to: jonWadelynn

Hello @jonWadelynn

 

I think what I suggested in my previous reply is the best alternative from what I've found so far (recreating the boxes in Revit).

 

 

Regards,



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Adham Mokhtar
Technical Support Specialist
San José, Costa Rica
www.autodesk.com

Message 7 of 7
jonWadelynn
in reply to: t_mokha

That's what I was afraid of, Thanks for you help though.

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