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    By John Flanagan 

    In this exercise you will work in the Family Editor environment. This environment is similar to the Project environment but there are some differences. On the Ribbon the tools have been swapped out to Family editor tools. The home tab has a Forms panel with extrusions, blends, sweeps and revolves as opposed to walls doors and windows etc. There are no levels or grids to apply constraints, instead we work with reference planes to determine where the geometry gets built from. Fig 1 lists the key steps to follow when creating families in Revit.

    Fig 1: Steps to follow when creating families.

    Putting it into practice:  For a step by step guide on how to complete the chamfered column and apply materials to it’s constituent parts, visit the Cadline Community: www.cadlinecommunity.co.uk  to view my latest White Paper for October.

    Remember to keep flexing the family as you progress through each stage. This will save time as mistakes are flagged earlier.

    The completed column is illustrated in fig 2 below:

    Fig 2: The Completed Column

    I hope this blog has been helpful as I often get asked about this topic by delegates during training courses.