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Wed, Oct 30, 2013 at 8:01:32 PM | Add Materials to a .SAT, that can then be inserted into anybody's project.




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Hello, I have learned a lot about this site, but I am having a huge issue trying to add materials to my family file and save it off for others.  Basically lets say I am making widgits.  I want my widgits to have a color or material.  I want to make my widgits available for others to download, and place in their own projects. 

What I have right now to work with are .SAT files of my widgits.  I know that I can open them in autocad, and manipulate them, but the colors and materials convert very wildly into Revit.  This is not an option unless somebody knows how to keep the colors as they appear when I save them off in Autocad.  A fairly common basic blue color will transfer to an odd camo blue looking color, but a very detailed granite slab design transfers perfectly.  ???

Since explode won't work for me, (and I have read all the negativity about it), I am not even going to attempt this route.

I have gotten this far using Revit.  I creat a new mass, import my .sat file, then load the mass into a project.  Once the Mass is in the project, I am now able to click faces and color.  I am just trying to add a little flair to the widgits so this process is good enough for what I need.  The problem is that I am at a loss from here.  I know I could save this project, and let somebody have at it.  But I need to make it so these materialized widgits are able to be imported into their own projects and placed within their designs. 

I have also heard that the project owns the materials, so even if I had something able to be saved off, as say a family file that somehow maintained the colors, are they going to be overridden by the user's project?  I really don't care if it is a setting that the end user has to change in order for it to work, I am only concerned with being able to get them a 3D model of my widgit that has the color/material properties embedded into the faces that I choose, and from there, the end user can dink with their own settings. 

I thought, well maybe I can just save what I have as a project, and the end user can link my project with theirs.  I was unable to make this work because I got an error that was not making anything visible.  Anyway, I know a little about Revit, but I am not dealing a whole lot with it, since I just make the widgits, I don't deal much with the architectural side of things.  I sure could use the help.  Searching didn't really solve my specific issue.  Thanks guys.

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Thu, Nov 14, 2013 at 7:19:23 AM | Add Materials to a .SAT, that can then be inserted into anybody's project.



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I have a post about this issue at my blog..

to make long story short, use "Bylayer"in Autocad.

hope this helps.


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