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Wed, Oct 3, 2012 at 7:25:16 PM | Need to convert RVT file to RFA

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Ok here's my dilemna I have some funiture that I downloaded from a manufactures website. Crazy enough revit files are RVT files not RFA files. Well I need them to be RFA files. Anyone know of a way I can convert them. I tried changing the file extension that didn't work, and I tried doing a family save in the project but that didnt' work either. Just wondering if there is a quick work around. The RVT file has an import DWG file in it. So I'm wondering if the work around would be to DL the 3d cad model and then import the CAD model to a new RFA and start from there, or would my time be better off just modeling it from scratch which I have done in the past, but it's so tedious and I have a deadline next week. Any help and information would be greatly apprectiated.

 

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Wed, Oct 3, 2012 at 7:42:58 PM | Need to convert RVT file to RFA

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If you have the CAD, then imprort into a family is your best solution.  Your problem will be, can you get the CAD file?  An imported CAD file can not be saved as.  But if you can't get the CAD, you might be able to export to CAD a 3D view of this dumb Revit project and get a workable CAD file that way.  << If you try that, please let us know if it works.


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Wed, Oct 3, 2012 at 10:19:56 PM | Need to convert RVT file to RFA

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Curious . . . . who is the manufacturer ?

 

If you are lucky they are 'In-Place' families within a project file. If so there is hope if you follow Luke's instructions below.

http://whatrevitwants.blogspot.ca/2011/07/save-in-place-family-as-rfa-for-use-in.html

 

If not you are hooped.  I'd just leave them as RVT files and link them in and then copy them around. Depands on the project. I would also varify the project base point inthe furniture files as well.

 

I can't imagine a project file of a peice of furniture and how you would go about doing it exactly ? Is it made of 'Massing' objects ?


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Thu, Jan 23, 2014 at 8:18:02 PM | Need to convert RVT file to RFA

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I have the same problem with Carolina Business Furniture. I wanted to a patient room wardrobe and I can use a Revit project file or a CAD file. I guess I will have to use the CAD file. I feel linking the file over and over might slow it down. Is that true?


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Wed, Oct 30, 2019 at 8:54:15 PM | Need to convert RVT file to RFA

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The link is no longer available.  Any one have a solution for this?


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Thu, Oct 31, 2019 at 11:54:30 AM | Need to convert RVT file to RFA

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Save a selected family or all families loaded in the current project or template in a location that you specify.

You can save families to a location on your system or to a network location. Each family is saved as an RFA file and all family types are saved with the family. Only loadable families can be saved with this option.

In-place families and system families, such as walls, duct systems, and patterns, cannot be saved.

To save a selected family

  1. Do either of the following:
    • Click Save AsLibraryFamily.
    • Right-click a family in the Project Browser, and click Save.
  2. In the Save Family dialog:
    1. If you are using Save AsLibraryFamily, for Family to save, select the family from a list of families loaded in the project.
    2. For Save in, navigate to the location where you want to save the family.
    3. Specify the name and file type for the family, and click Save.

To save all families

  1. Do either of the following:
    • Click Save AsLibraryFamily.
    • Right-click the Families category in the Project Browser, and click Save.
  2. In the Save Family dialog:
    1. For Save in, navigate to the location where you want to save the families.
    2. For Family to Save, select <All Families>, and click Save.

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Fri, Nov 1, 2019 at 1:28:45 PM | Need to convert RVT file to RFA

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You know what I just did? I opened up an RVT file, highlighted and selected everything in the project, hit Ctrl+C, opened up an other RVT file, hit Ctrl+V, and all of the stuff from the first RVT file was there, in the second RVT file, exactly as it was in the first RVT file.


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Sat, May 22, 2021 at 11:14:06 PM | Need to convert RVT file to RFA

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Just open your RVT double clicking it, after it loads save it as a Library. The Library option is the last one, then just wait for Revit to convert the file into a family. After that just go back to your project and load the object you need.

This means to me that when creating a new family of objects, i.e. a new family template, one must follow Revit´s protocol, to call it that way, to organize your work according to Revit standards.

This happended to me when I downloded a curtain wall door family which was in the rvt format from BIMOBJECT. You're not gonna find this simple answer anywhere else but here. Revit would not give a complicated option for new families creation.

Greetings to you all.

Ruben 



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