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How to Create Revit Family

Create Revit Family | Step-by-Step Guide for Fast & Light Models

How you can create Revit Family to establish smooth and fast modeling?! 90% of the Revit model consists of Revit families. That is why a stock or insufficiently made Revit families are the main reason for a heavy and slow model. 

Revit families are challenging to use. They can significantly increase the project size if they are not customized. 

Developing the Revit family is taking a lot of time. Getting the right features and output for the family takes a lot of effort and specific expertise.

On the other hand, you can download a Revit family from the Internet. Yet, there are so many families out there that make the decision of what to use very difficult. You should note that even if you download a Revit family, you still have to customize it to fit your needs.

We know all the best practices on how to create a Revit Family. Keep reading to explore and learn how to apply them too.

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What makes Revit Families so challenging?

Creating parametric families is a rather challenging task requiring a unique skill set. It takes a lot of time to build adequate families that speed up the project delivery process.
The skills and knowledge needed may not relate to architects’ expertise. Even so, an architect should not spend time completing the project and waste valuable time to create Revit family. Instead, you can concentrate on the design.

Best practices to create Revit Family

The most important thing is to understand what is needed and how the entire organization can use the family. Develop a task list by identifying the key features. You need to be aware of what needs to be shown in the plan, section, and elevation view. What is the detail level needed? Distinguish between must, should, and good to have.


To have faster models you need Revit Family that is:

  • Parametric 

Instead of modeling it in the project, you change the dimensions of your family – with a few simple clicks. This makes the process fast and easy.

  • Functional

Tagging and scheduling are happening 100% automatically. You don’t need constantly to think about updating your schedules.

  • Light

Although you have different functions for your family, it keeps the model light.

Create Revit family

 

Researching the best practices and case studies could be a long and overwhelming process. Yet, if you decide that this is the path you want to follow, you have two choices: 

 

Create Revit Family from scratch

  • Use the Autodesk families template corresponding to the specific category of the element you need to create 
  • Select the right host for the family
  • Use best practices to create “must haves”
  • Check the family sizes and do tests
  • Include all the “should haves”
  • Check the family sizes and do tests
  • Include all the “good to have”
  • Check the family sizes and do tests

Explore and optimize existing families

  • Download all the available families that match the most what you are looking for   
  • Filter and shortlist the families build at a higher quality
  • In the family identify the right types you need and delete the others. Delete all unnecessary elements and purge the file.
  • Apply to override the family with the organization’s template data
  • Use best practices to create “must haves”
  • Check the family sizes and do tests
  • Include all the “should haves”
  • Check the family sizes and do tests
  • Include all the “good to have”
  • Check the family sizes and do tests

 

How to avoid all that hustle?


You can avoid all that hustle with a customized Revit family. Not only for your project but for your entire organization. We create Revit families that involve a lot of processes in a single file. While at the same time keeping the model very lightweight.

You can repeat the family as many times as you want in your project. And this will not affect the performance of your model. Besides, it simplifies the process of synchronization which could take hours.

 

The results for you are: 

  • Graphical and logical consistency

    The key benefits of these families are graphical and logical consistency in compliance with company standards and naming conventions.

  • Faster models

    By reducing the model size the speed of your model improves. You have faster and light models.

  • Reliable Revit library

    Strong Revit Library gives you the opportunity to pick and use the family you need. Having a reliable Revit library will impact positively on your model by not taking a lot of memory. 

  • Reusable Revi family

    Repeat the family as many times as you want – it will keep your model light. The best thing is that you can use the same family in different projects. You don’t have to develop it from scratch or look to download something similar. Our Revit families are customized for your organization’s needs.

 The optimal approach is to include all necessary families in the Template file, making them readily available for use. 

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As we promised, here is the free Revit family to download. Experience it firsthand and witness the features, quality, and user-friendly nature of our family. If you want to have a custom-developed Revit family for your project – contact us today.

 

A good Revit family is definitely something you want to keep an eye on as your Revit model can quickly get bogged down and become unmanageable.

If you follow the steps laid out in this blog post, you should be able to create a Revit family that will help significantly reduce the file size of your models while still maintaining all the important data.

 Yet, this could be very time-consuming and overwhelming for someone who doesn’t use the best practices. So, if you need help to troubleshoot or would like a professional opinion, book a free model optimization consultation today and take advantage of our Revit family creation services. Additionally, we will be happy to take a look at your model and offer suggestions on how to optimize it for better performance.

 

Get Our Free Parking Revit Family

As we promised, here is the free Revit family to download. Experience it firsthand and witness the features, quality, and user-friendly nature of our family. If you want to have a custom-developed Revit family for your project – contact us today.