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Custom Door Creation The “Ins & Outs”

Create Custom Revit Component Families

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):

  • Delete OOTB door frame, as these do not accurately represent an actual door frame
  • Delete parameters applied to deleted door frame

2) Modify wall opening to desired shape of door:

  • Add reference planes for modified door opening
  • Add dimension parameters for modified door opening
  • Modify door swing symbolic lines
  • Flex dimension parameters

3) Create door with extrusion:

  • Lock door to wall opening reference planes
  • Flex dimension parameters

4) Create door frame with sweep:

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

5) Construct plan view graphics with symbolic lines:

  • Add separation lines between framing members
  • Provide plan graphics of door swing
  • Indicate flip controls
  • Flex dimension parameters

6) TEST IN REVIT PROJECT (.rvt):

7) Define sidelight offsets with model lines:

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

8) Create sidelight window openings with void extrusion:

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

9) Add sidelight trim with sweeps:

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

10) Produce sidelight glass with extrusion:

  • Lock extrusion to sidelight trim
  • Flex dimension parameters

11) Construct door detail with model lines:

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

12) Create door trim with void sweeps:

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

13) TEST IN REVIT PROJECT (.rvt):

14) Create shared parameters for door materials:

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

15) Create multiple door types (sizes):

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

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

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