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Fri, Jan 1, 2010 at 3:05:03 PM | Baluster category/sub category




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I've been creating custom balusters for a project and would like to be able to put them in a stair based category as opposed to a generic model. As you know, when you create a model, it first asks what family category to put them in. Unfortunately stairs are not an option. I've tried to create a sub-category, but I still don't have the option. I know stairs are a family category but I can't seem to get them to show when I make a custom in-place family. Any suggestions? It's in RAC2009.

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Fri, Jan 1, 2010 at 5:20:13 PM | Baluster category/sub category


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Balusters are not "stairs" they part of a the "Baluster" Family Category.  Stairs are system families and you therefore you cannot create external families that are classed as such, just like floors, roofs, ceilings, walls etc.

You also cannot switch a generic model to a baluster in family category and parameters.  You need to have used the Metric Baluster templates to begin with.  As such, in your case you would need to copy all the geometry from your generic model into a new family based off the baluster template.






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Fri, Jan 1, 2010 at 5:31:23 PM | Baluster category/sub category




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That is definitely helpful. I am doing a chippendale type railing and not sure how how it will translate over, but will give it a try.

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Tue, Nov 19, 2013 at 9:43:56 PM | Baluster category/sub category




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Its unfortunate that we cannot select the baluster as a category.

I just changed one to a generic model and now Im going to have to open a backup to reinstate it as a baluster category or do as Mr Spot suggests - copy the geometry over into the template.

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