We get a lot of calls from companies thinking about, or building, Revit 3D Families or libraries. As members of the Autodesk Developers Network, we are blessed to get in on these conversations early and often. When we are in early, things run smoothly. Smoothly + no surprises + under budget and ahead of schedule… = The holy grail of 3D modeling and the Revit universe.

Developing proper Revit 3D content into families or libraries, is the key to Revit Deployment. See the example image of a Revit 3D Furniture model of a furniture assembly of a grouping of furniture. Each piece of furniture is modeled, put in the Furniture Family, placed in the Library and modeled as a furniture assembly.

Revit3DFurnitureFamilyLibrary

If you are planning to be expert Revit users, you must plan to be expert at the following capabilities related to Revit Families;

  • Developing
  • Maintaining
  • Distributing

The Big Three of Revit Families. Get these three right and it is smooth sailing, puncture your hull on one of these…smooth sinking. Why is being an expert in Developing, Maintaining and Distributing mission critical. Let me explain.

The Problem

Revit only comes with limited generic Families and you need very specific products and construction components for your project.

The Solution

You need to create the Revit content needed for your design before you start designing. See our blog article on Revit Content is King, for more information. The 3 main actions you may take:

  1. Get Revit Families from Vendors
  2. Create Your Own Content and Revit Families you current use across all projects. Remember to include your firms’ products or standard design assemblies
  3. Download Free Revit Family Libraries from reliable sources on the internet

You have the Solution, but there is a Challenge

OK, so each solution has a trade-off,… You could go with one, or you could pick a hybrid of the three. But not all models are the same. This furnture model assembly may look good, but what if it doens’t have the right information for you?

Revit Family Furniture Assembly

These are the most common trade-offs to consider:

  1. Geometric Detail – The complexity of 3D models are unique for different disciplines and for each purpose. Go with too much detail…You get large file sizes and slower performanc. Don’t model enough detail, you are not conveying the design solution fully. Both results are equally regrettable.
  2. Custom Parameters – Do the families you have, include all the parameters you need to drive your business process? Often custom parameters are needed in addition to the Out of the Box Revit parameters.
  3. Consistent Data Models – If you assemble Revit content from many sources, you might find inconsistencies in naming conventions, geometric detail, and use of parameters. Inconsistent components make it hard to schedule and do calculations within Revit. It will drive you crazy day to day.

If you want help wading through the challenges of creating clean Revit content. If you are building Revit Libraries to support you business processes….please contact us. You may like our blog on Content is King for Revit Families and 3D Modeling >>

We specialize in clean Revit content, clean Revit models and perfect Revit results to drive an efficient design and engineering process. Plus our work is guaranteed, literally…guaranteed. Contact us for more information.
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