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Wed, Feb 24, 2010 at 6:51:07 PM | Converting extruded massing from a family to a project file type?

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The goal is to copy a complicated extuded mass from a family file into a project file. I have been told this is necessary for the file's final trip into Studio max which (apparently) cannot handle families. But this is not important... I cannot "save-as" the family into a project file type. Nor cannot I copy-paste. Is it possible? If, so how?

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Thu, Feb 25, 2010 at 5:17:07 AM | Converting extruded massing from a family to a project file type?

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Open your project then open the family, now in the family just click in the option bar "Load into project", now in project place that mass where ever you want....

 


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Thu, Feb 25, 2010 at 10:49:57 AM | Converting extruded massing from a family to a project file type?

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Sorry about not being clear. I do not want the extruded mass to be inserted as a family. I would like it to be "live" in the project file. Editable from the project file. Possible?  

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Thu, Feb 25, 2010 at 12:39:30 PM | Converting extruded massing from a family to a project file type?

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So, you must create that "Extruded Mass" parametric, create dimensions on it then turn the dimensions in Parameters (Labels), something like the image i just attached....

 



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Thu, Feb 25, 2010 at 12:51:18 PM | Converting extruded massing from a family to a project file type?

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Thank you for your responise. Unfortunately I understand this to still be a family and that is what I am trying to avoid. Though parmeters would make the mass more editable, the issue is that the mass is ultimately still a family.

This model will be dumped into StudioMax after completion. Families do not skin well when imported into this program. I am trying to move the forms within the family files to the project file.

Can you think of a modeling program that can be opened and editable from within revit. Possibly then I could copy the forms into the project file. Thanks again!


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Thu, Feb 25, 2010 at 1:11:39 PM | Converting extruded massing from a family to a project file type?

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Snodaisy, if you want that mass FAMILY into the PROJECT just pick "LOAD INTO PROJECT" then save the project, export with FBX and import that in 3D MAX....

 


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Thu, Feb 25, 2010 at 1:18:17 PM | Converting extruded massing from a family to a project file type?

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but the mass would still be a family. yes?  

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Thu, Feb 25, 2010 at 1:21:42 PM | Converting extruded massing from a family to a project file type?

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Why don't you just Try....

 


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Thu, Feb 25, 2010 at 1:28:50 PM | Converting extruded massing from a family to a project file type?

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Oh. I have tried. I see the mass under families > generic Models. Inserted it into the project file. It remains a family. I really don't think you are grasping what I am trying to acheive. Thank you.

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Thu, Feb 25, 2010 at 9:20:35 PM | Converting extruded massing from a family to a project file type?

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Maybe we don't fully understand your point, but Revit Architecture is designed to provide a high degree of interoperability with 3ds Max. " I have been told this is necessary for the file's final trip into Studio max which (apparently) cannot handle families." Of course not the way that Revit does it, (talking about parametrics), but it doesn't mean you can't modify them because you can (if you convert it to an editable poly or mesh). I.e. I made this mass using the Generic Model template (of course, it means it's a family) and then I exported it as .FBX. Notice that I can modify it in 3ds Max......

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Fri, Feb 26, 2010 at 11:06:47 AM | Converting extruded massing from a family to a project file type?

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Thank you for the reply. The eventual solution was to export the families as a 3d max file, and seperately the project objects as welll. It is when families are exported through project files they become uneditable. lesson.

"The goal is to copy a complicated extuded mass from a family file into a project file."

I am amazed to find you cannot copy-paste items from family to project. That was my initial quandry. I assume it has everything to do with the coding involved in describing and augmenting the family objects. I was hoping there was a work-around.   


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