06 Nesting Casework Doors – Part 2

06 Nesting a Door Family

Now that we have loaded the door into the casework family, let’s open the floorplan.

We need two doors in here, so this door must be half the width of this casework door.

Let’s flex it. Change the width to be 800 and the depth to be 600, so it looks more like a standard joinery unit.

When we changed those parameters, it made no difference to the door.

The parameters for the door are in the edit type properties. So you can see that the depth, height and width from the door that I created has been loaded into the edit type properties.

I’ll explain that. Inside the door family we created three parameters ——depth, height and width. When we nest the door family into the casework family, the door family parameters are loaded into the “Edit Type” properties. The geometry created in this file, however, is controlled by the “family types” dialogue box.

But if I were to load this geometry into a project file. The parameters in this Family Types dialogue box will load into the Edit Type dialogue box of the project file.

Let me demonstrate. I will create a new project file.

I will then load the casework family into the new project.

If I click on the family, and click on edit type. The casework parameters, from the Family Types dialogue box – are all listed here. However, the properties from the door family, which we nested into this casework family, are not editable.

So as you can see, only the properties from the Family Types dialogue box are loaded into the project.

So, let’s link the nested door parameters to the Family Types dialogue box. We do that by clicking on the little gray rectangles by the side of the parameter.

Click on the rectangle. It shows us all the parameters currently created in the Family Types dialogue box.

But we need to create some new parameters unique to our door. Click New, and name it Door Width. Click OK.

woops I made a mistake. It should have made this parameter Door Depth.

Create another parameter and name it Door Depth. Now, associate the depth to door depth.

Create another parameter and name it Door Height. The door height is now associated to the new parameter named Door Height.

We have already created the door width, so simply click the rectangle for width and select the door width parameter.

Now, instead of the properties being controlled by the edit type dialog box, they’re now all linked, and controlled, by the Family types dialog box.

Click OK. Open Family Types. We have a door depth, door width, and door height.

Change the door depth to 400. Click on the door, and then click edit type. The door depth parameter has changed to 400.

Now, that I have all the door parameters loaded into the Family Types dialogue box, when I load this casework family into the project environment I will be able to control all the door parameters.

06 Nesting Casework Doors – Part 2

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