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Fri, Jun 26, 2009 at 4:07:24 PM | Combining Families

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I am creating several of the same object but with different features. There are basically cubes with holes in them. But each one has the holes in different spots. My question is do I have to make a new family for each one and if I do is it possible to combine all the families into one file so that someone doesn't have to load each one seperately.

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Fri, Jun 26, 2009 at 4:17:38 PM | Combining Families

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You should be able to create a simple family for these and have parameters to control the positions of the holes.

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Fri, Jun 26, 2009 at 4:19:28 PM | Combining Families

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Go to Family Types from the family editor and create new family types. Then just change the dimensional information for each type. This way when it gets loaded into a project the end user will have all the types loaded automatically...much like doors and windows.

 

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Fri, Jun 26, 2009 at 5:07:12 PM | Combining Families

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I tried that and the holes end up in every cube. Some have different sizes and a different number of holes

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Fri, Jun 26, 2009 at 5:10:42 PM | Combining Families

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You need to control the visibility of the holes using a y/n paramter that you switch on/off in the types

 


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Fri, Jun 26, 2009 at 5:12:25 PM | Combining Families

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Perhaps you could post an image of what you're trying to achieve.  Do all the cubes have the same amount of holes?  Are they all the same diameter?  In any case you will be able to achieve this.  You can have a parameter for the diameter and position of the holes.

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Fri, Jun 26, 2009 at 5:12:41 PM | Combining Families

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If the holes... are different sized and in different locations in each type, you can do this with multiple holes switched on/off or one hole with different parametric locations and sizes.

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Mon, Jun 29, 2009 at 11:19:30 AM | Combining Families

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Load all your cubes into 1 generic model (or any other category) family.

Inside that generic model, place all cubes at same locateion (one-over-another).

Pick any one of them and select 'Label'-->Add Parameter and Name the parameter (such as "Cube Type).

Save the family. Done! Try loading it in a project, select it and got to properties dialogue box. You should see a list of cube types under "Cube Type" parameter.


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