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Mon, Jul 16, 2007 at 9:21:21 PM | Gutters and downspouts




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I got the gutters but can find anywhere to get downspouts from the gutters.  there was a post in 2005 about them in the mech section of the library but I can't find a downspout anywhere.  Can anyone help me on this.


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Tue, Jul 17, 2007 at 3:06:24 AM | Gutters and downspouts




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You have to make your own, I just used a generic model family, containing a sweep with the profile of the downspout, sketch the path in the side elevations and add parameters for how you want the downspout to flex.

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Tue, Jul 17, 2007 at 1:26:25 PM | Gutters and downspouts



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There is an adjustable downspout family in the downloads that works well.

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Tue, Mar 17, 2009 at 11:11:33 PM | Gutters and downspouts




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Boggles my mind how an architectural drafting/modeling program doesn't come with a downspout. But yes the adjustable downspout in the downloads does work well, the only issue that I am having is I can't change the material. Was wondering if anyone had any ideas on how to fix this, and also wanted to bump this post.


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Tue, Mar 17, 2009 at 11:32:35 PM | Gutters and downspouts


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Open the Family for editing,

  • Select the geometry
  • Go to its instance parameters
  • Down the bottom you'll see a "Material" parameter
  • Now you have to options you could just click in the value section and select an appropriate material but then its not very parametric.  As such, to the far right column there is a grey button.  Click this.
  • This opens the "Associate Family Parameter" tool.
  • If no material parameters exist there will be nothing to select from.  Select "Add Parameter"
  • Give your parameter a name, I'd call mine "Material"
  • Leave it as a "Type" parameter which is the default.  This is generally the case unless you expect all your downpipes may be different materials.
  • Also in the pull down group the parameter under "Materials & Finishes".  This is just a good habit to get into as when you get a lot of parameters it makes them easier to find if they are sorted and grouped properly.
  • OK out of all dialog boxes.
  • Now in your Design Bar select "Family Types"
  • You should see your newly "Material" parameter,
  • In the Value column you can now select an appropriate material.
  • Save the family and load into your project.

You'll now have a parameter in the Type Properties that will enable you to change the material as needed.






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Tue, Mar 17, 2009 at 11:41:43 PM | Gutters and downspouts




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Thanks Mr. Spot. Of course about 5 minutes after i made that post i went into the downspout family and was able to apply a material. I had to go into the sweep instance to change it, but i will add the parameter to the family per your direction so it's easier to change in the future.

 Thanks, and i hope you are getting paid for awesome replies like this!

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