01 Starting A Revit Family

There are two ways to begin creating a casework family in Revit. We can either go into New Families, find casework, and open the casework family.

Or we can open a new project and choose the default template.

Go to File, new, family. Find the casework family.

Let’s open up a casework family. We are in the family environment now.

One of the ways we know we’re inside the family environment is the first tab in the top menu is create.

If we flip back to the project environment, we see that the first tab in the project environment is architecture, so it’s a different environment that we’re working inside.

The family environment also has a lot of modeling tools at the top.

This view has a lot of reference planes and some dimensions as well.

I’ve opened up an imperial family, so I’m going to open up a metric family instead.

When we go to file, open, and family, we see that Revit comes with two different libraries. One is an imperial library, and the other one is a metric library. The “I” represents imperial.

Open the English folder, select casework, and click open. Now, it is in metric.

We have these reference plans, and we have two parameters on the side here, the depth and the width.

There is also an E-Q parameter. This parameter will move the two reference plans equally around this central reference plane.

To change the width, click on the dimension twice and type in 700 and you can see the two reference planes have moved equally.

We will use this as the base for the joinery unit we’re about to create.

The first thing we need to do when creating a joinery unit is to create an extrusion. We will use this technique to create the base of the joinery unit. In Australia, we call this the “kicker”.

In the Create tab, click extrusion. Now, we are in sketch mode. Select the rectangle, and draw over the reference planes.

The most important thing is to lock it to all the reference planes. Click the green check mark to approve the changes.

The next step is to flex the family. Flexing means to test the parameters to make sure that everything’s working correctly – and it’s one of the most important steps in creating families.

Go to the family types dialog box. Change the depth to 500 and the width to 300. Click Apply. The family changed to match the new parameters, so it flexed correctly.

Now, we need to save this as a separate file name. Click on file, save as family, go to options, and make sure there is one backup, not three backup files.

Save it to your preferred location. Name this family “casework”.

01 Starting A Revit Family

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