Title: How to Change Family Type in Revit: A Step-by-Step Guide
Revit, a powerful architectural design software, allows users to create and modify building components using families. Families are parametric objects that represent real-world elements such as doors, windows, furniture, and more. In this article, we will delve into the process of changing family types in Revit and provide answers to some frequently asked questions.
1. Open the Revit software and open the project file that contains the family you wish to modify.
2. Navigate to the project browser and locate the family you want to change. Expand the tree view to find the desired family type.
3. Right-click on the family type and select “Type Properties” from the context menu.
4. In the Type Properties dialog box, you will find various parameters that define the family type. Modify the desired parameters to change the family type as per your requirements.
5. Click on the “OK” button to save the changes and exit the Type Properties dialog box.
6. Revit will prompt you to apply the changes to instances of the family type in the project. Choose whether to apply the changes to all instances or only to the selected instances.
7. If you choose to apply the changes to selected instances, you can use the “Select by ID” or “Select by Category” options to choose the specific instances you wish to modify. Click on the “OK” button to confirm your selection.
8. Revit will update the instances of the family type in the project according to the modified parameters.
9. To verify the changes, you can view the modified instances in the project or use the “Family Types” dialog box to check the updated parameters.
10. If you are satisfied with the changes, save the project file to ensure the modifications are retained.
11. Congratulations! You have successfully changed the family type in Revit.
Q1. Can I change the family type of multiple instances at once?
A1. Yes, Revit allows you to apply changes to multiple instances simultaneously.
Q2. Can I revert the family type to its original settings?
A2. Yes, you can always revert the family type back to its original settings by re-entering the original parameters.
Q3. Will changing the family type affect the geometry of the instances?
A3. Changing the family type may alter the geometry of the instances if the modified parameters affect their shape or size.
Q4. Is it possible to change the family type of nested families?
A4. Yes, you can change the family type of nested families by selecting them individually or using the “Select by Category” option.
Q5. Can I change the family type of system families?
A5. No, family types of system families cannot be changed as they are predefined by Revit.
Q6. Will changing the family type affect the associated schedules?
A6. Yes, changing the family type may impact the data displayed in associated schedules. Ensure to update the schedules accordingly.
Q7. Can I create custom family types in Revit?
A7. Yes, Revit allows users to create custom family types by defining their parameters and constraints.
Q8. How can I change the family type of a curtain wall system?
A8. To change the family type of a curtain wall system, modify the parameters in the “Curtain Wall Type” properties.
Q9. Can I change the family type of a hosted family?
A9. Yes, you can change the family type of a hosted family by selecting the host and modifying the family type parameters.
Q10. Can I change the family type of a shared family?
A10. Yes, you can change the family type of a shared family by opening the shared family file and modifying its parameters.
Q11. Is it possible to change the family type of a loaded family?
A11. Yes, you can change the family type of a loaded family by following the steps mentioned above.
Changing family types in Revit allows users to customize and adapt building components to their specific project needs. By following the step-by-step guide provided in this article, you can easily modify family types and efficiently manage your Revit projects.