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Custom Door Creation… The “Ins & Outs”

Custom Door Creation… The “Ins & Outs”

In this blog, ATG Technical Specialist Matt Linn, AIA, LEED, AP will highlight the steps of creating custom Revit component families. This is not a linear process, as all components are unique. There are many ways to approach this task. This instructional demonstration will use a custom door as the vehicle to discuss this process, as doors tend to encompass many of the assignments involved with properly modeling and coordinating a component family. Below is a basic step by step process that was used for this examples:

Step by Step Process

1) Create new Revit family file (.rfa) from a Revit family template (.rft) of the appropriate category (doors)

  • a) Delete OOTB door frame, as these do not accurately reprsent an actual door frame
  • b) Delete parameters applied to deleted door frame

2) Modify wall opening to desired shape of door

  • a) Add reference planes for modified door opening
  • b) Add dimension parameters for modified door opening
  • c) Modify door swing symbolic lines
  • d) Flex dimension parameters

3) Create door with extrusion

  • a) Lock door to wall opening reference planes
  • b) Flex dimension parameters

4) Create door frame with sweep

  • a) Sweep path shall follow door perimeter
  • b) Add details as required to sufficiently describe the frame system
  • c) Modify the wall opening to include the door frame
  • d) Flex dimension parameters

5) Construct plan view graphics with symbolic lines

  • a) Add separation lines between framing members
  • b) Provide plan graphics of door swing
  • c) Indicate flip controls
  • d) Flex dimension parameters

6) TEST IN REVIT PROJECT (.rvt)

7) Define sidelight offsets with model lines

  • a) Leverage model lines to establish extents of sidelight openings
  • b) Flex dimension parameters

8) Create sidelight window openings with void extrusion

  • a) Add reference planes to define the angled and parametric extents of sidelights
  • b) Add void extrusion and lock to reference planes and model lines
  • c) Flex dimension parameters

9) Add sidelight trim with sweeps

  • a) Create new Revit family file (.rfa) from a Revit family template (.rft) of the appropriate category (profile)
  • b) Draft profile of trim to outline perimeter of window openings
  • c) Load profile family into door family
  • d) Create sweep around each sidelight and transom
  • e) Flex dimension parameters

10) Produce sidelight glass with extrusion

  • a) Lock extrusion to sidelight trim
  • b) Flex dimension parameters

11) Construct door detail with model lines

  • a) Leverage model lines to establish extents of door detail
  • b) Flex dimension parameters

12) Create door trim with void sweeps

  • a) Create new Revit family file (.rfa) from a Revit family template (.rft) of the appropriate category (profile)
  • b) Draft profile of trim to outline door detail
  • c) Load profile family into door family
  • d) Create void sweep to follow the door detail model lines
  • e) Flex dimension parameters

13) TEST IN REVIT PROJECT (.rvt)

14) Create shared parameters for door materials

  • a) Create new shared parameter file (.txt)
    • i) Utilize existing shared parameter file if available
  • b) Create new door material parameters in shared parameter file
  • c) Add new shared parameters to family file and associate associate with door elements
  • d) Load into Revit project (.rvt)
  • e) Assign materials to new material parameters
  • f) Verify materials are applied to door in shaded or realistic view

15) Create multiple door types (sizes)

  • a) Create new family types in family file (.rfa) or project file (.rvt)
  • b) Verify family types adjust the dimensions accordingly

To learn more, or to reach out to Matt directly, you can contact sales@atgusa.com

Applied Technology Group is a Platinum Autodesk Business Partner. Founded in North Little Rock, Ark., in 1992 as a local computer services company, ATG has grown to become a leading design technology partner with the purpose of assisting customers in maximizing the value and adoption of advanced technologies so they can perform competitively in the AEC sector. ATG collaborates with customers across the Gulf South, Midwest and Southwest through partnerships with 3DR, Autodesk, Leica, Microsoft and Panzura. Learn more about our company at www.atgusa.com. Autodesk and the Autodesk logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries.

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