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Fri, Mar 12, 2010 at 10:11:54 PM | adjustable profile family

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Is it possible to create an instance parameter within a profile family that will allow the profile to adjust without creating a new type for every size you need?

I am thinking specifically of a coping profile that will adjust according to the thickness of the wall it is assigned to.

I have created reference planes, locked dimensions and assigned a parameter within the profile family so that it is adjusting properly. But is there a way to assign that parameter to a piece of information within my project (Total thickness of wall) so that it will adjust according to the wall's properties without creating a new profile type for each wall thickness? I believe windows and doors accomplish this by inserting a generic wall into the family, but I can't insert a generic wall into a profile family...or can I?


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Fri, Mar 12, 2010 at 11:43:51 PM | adjustable profile family

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I don't think that this is possible at this time...  I have tried to do the exact same thing in the past, but I just wind up having to make many different types within the profile family to accomodate the varried widths that I need.  Hopefully someone wiser will prove me wrong with some clever work-around.  (I tried changing the category of a window family, but it won't let me make it a profile. I did like your idea though)

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Fri, Jul 20, 2012 at 6:02:26 AM | adjustable profile family

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would using a formula in the parameter work??  ie: "coping size = width/2" or whatever you need.....  just a thought, I'm fairly new at this.


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Fri, Jul 20, 2012 at 12:17:51 PM | adjustable profile family

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The answer is no ... at least not yet ... maybe this is something that will change.  As you found out, you have to create a new type and then assign that type.


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Fri, Jul 20, 2012 at 12:43:48 PM | adjustable profile family

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It is not possible with profiles, because the instance properties of a profile are lost once the profile is loaded into anotherfamily, only the type properties remain; so a profile is supposed to be used with types.

However, it is possible in other ways, not with profiles, though. You could create a wall based family for the coping, whose width is aligned and locked to the faces of the host wall.


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Fri, Jul 20, 2012 at 1:08:11 PM | adjustable profile family

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alf - While you are correct, the true coping tool works so much better and is really the best choice.   Families will not turn corners or automatically join at corners.


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Fri, Jul 20, 2012 at 1:41:21 PM | adjustable profile family

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Hmm.. actually, some families with parametric sections can turn corners. Please look at this video about a curb:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GsJNn0pi994

 


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Fri, Jul 20, 2012 at 1:54:49 PM | adjustable profile family

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While this is definitly interesting..... I am smiling right now .... I think I will stick to creating a profile type for my copings.  As a matter of fact, my coping prfile already has multiple types in it of the most common widths we use.

 

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Fri, Jul 20, 2012 at 2:03:11 PM | adjustable profile family

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Haha... OK, but they can turn corners...

What is the "coping tool" that you mention in post # 6 above?


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Fri, Jul 20, 2012 at 2:08:25 PM | adjustable profile family

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My mistake ... I should have said "Wall sweep/cornice"  I should know better!


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