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    by Dennis Collin

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    Question: What do I need to do to prepare a profile from AutoCAD for use in a Revit family?

    Answer: Unfortunately many AutoCAD drawing files provided by manufacturers are not ideally configured to bring profile shapes directly into Revit or any modelling software. As a result, elements imported scale incorrectly and produce modelling error messages when utilised to create profiles either within the family or when being placed within a project.

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    These problems however can be corrected with some simple steps:

    1. Ensure the required shape is in a clean tidy drawing.

    2. Check the units have been set correctly. For typical profiles the unit type should be set to millimetres.

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    3. Check the shape has been properly drawn with line and arc segments drawn accurately using object snaps. This can be tested with the Join command in AutoCAD where a sequence of line segments can be converted to a polyline. Should a line not join with other geometry, the object should be investigated and redrawn so that when complete the profile displays as a single, closed boundary. This can be validated also the properties palette.

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    Alternatively, it may be quicker in some instances to redraw the profile within Revit.

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