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Tue, May 11, 2010 at 2:38:52 AM | How to Rotate family




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 I need to rotate family in project, its beam that i use frequently horizontaly butsometimes i need it in vertical position.

But when i try to Rotate it in for example "north view" it gives me error.


Is there any way to use families freely (rotate) anywhere i want in project?


I could do same beam horizontaly but the thing is that it wont be same thing in table of elemets.


thx for any help

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Tue, May 11, 2010 at 4:10:26 AM | How to Rotate family



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Interesting... Vertical Beam... and you have Horizontal Columns too?


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Tue, May 11, 2010 at 4:34:43 AM | How to Rotate family




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maybe my bad English mislead the purpose ...


Its steel system called OCTANORM, they are parts of steel like this

that can be put horizontal or vertical or any other direction.


I finally made it through when i read this


"using the Generic Model Template or the Specialty Equipment"

disallow the rotation, and you cant re-save them with different family type, you HAVE TO make them again in something different from Generic model template and spacialty equipment template.

I created them on suggested Mechanical Equipment and now it can be rotated anywhere ...


Is there a list of templates from autodesk where they describe such special and important parts of templates?

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Thu, May 17, 2012 at 12:29:16 PM | How to Rotate family




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Yes, documentation of the limitations and features of the family templates is either very lacking or very hidden. I've learned similar quirks about the different family templates that I REALLY wish I'd known before building a family.

As far as vertical beams, yes, there are several uses for such a thing. I had to do Z-shaped beams made from HSS members recently for some clerestory framing, and Revit Structure won't do a mitered join between a beam and a column, but it will between 2 beams. Getting the middle beam to rotate vertically like a column and then making sure the endpoints lined up with the 2 horizontal beams allowed me to do a very clean looking mitered join as desired by the architect.

Does anyone else have more info on family template quirks?

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