Blog: Turning Your Inventor Assemblies Into Revit Families

Inventor to Revit Family File (RFA) Steps

When working with BIM content, it’s crucial to remove geometry that’s unnecessary when creating a construction level of detail Revit Family (RFA) file for use in projects. Learn more in this detailed workflow explanation.

Open your Inventor Assembly that you want to export. Before you do anything else, make sure that you have a constraint of a central part on the assembly, constrained to the XY and YZ planes. This way, part is centered on Revit’s Back/Front and Left/Right reference planes.

Once that is done, on the Ribbon, go the Environment Tab, there you will go to the Begin Panel. Click on BIM Content, and open a contemporary Tab.

In the Publish Panel, click Export Building Components, and a pop-up will appear asking if you want to shrinkwrap your Assembly.

Now pick a location where you want to save the .rfa file. You also have the choice of saving it as an .ifc or .adsk.

Once you save, the export process starts. This takes about 10 to 20 seconds.

When that finishes, a pop-up will ask you if you want to view a report.

Now that you have saved the export, open the file in Revit through any of the Revit open options.

When you open your file, if you added constraints to the XY and YZ planes, the family should be centered at the intersection of the Front/Back and Left/Right reference planes.

Now that you have Inventor Assembly in as a Revit family, you can treat It as a regular Revit family. Use caution because Revit can’t handle some of the geometry that Inventor can make. When you have an Assembly with complex geometry and try to explode your model, Revit will show an error saying it can’t handle the 3D data and it will delete that geometry.


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