Quick Way to Tag Nested Families (Part 2 of 3)

Part Two

Contributed by BIM/CAD Engineer, Mr. Lim Yong Shen

 

Attached Detail Groups

To utilize attached detail groups, model groups have to be created for individual PF families. However, the attached detail groups do not rotate when the model group is rotated 90 degrees (Refer to Figure 3.0). They only work when detail groups are rotated 180 degrees or mirrored.

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Figure 3.0: PF model groups with attached detail groups.

The left one shows the original group, while the one on the right is rotated 90 degrees.

 

In order to annotate the PF families that are rotated 90 degrees, another model group has to be created out of the same PF family that is rotated 90 degrees. Refer to Figure 3.1 on 2 PF model groups.


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Figure 3.1: 2 PF model groups with attached detail groups.

How to replace PF families with PF model groups?

1. Replace all PF families and place PF model groups

This method will replace existing PF families with new PF families. Thereafter, the PF model groups will replace the individual PF family.

1.1.   In the project file, ensure the existing PF family to be replaced has the same family name as the new PF family. Refer to Figures 4.0a. 4.0b and 4.0c to determine the family and type name.

Figures 4.0a, 4.0b, 4.0c: How to determine family name and family type name

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Figure 4.0a: Family name (red) and family type name (green) under project browser in project file

 

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Figure 4.0b: Open family file and edit family types

 

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Figure 4.0c: Family name (red) and family type name (green) in family file

 

1.2.       Load the family into the project file using any of the 2 methods.

1.2.1.               Open the family file and load it into the project file (Figure 4.1 and 4.3).

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Figure 4.1: Open family file from specific folder location

 

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Figure 4.2: Edit family from a family shopping bag

 

1.2.2.               Edit the family and load it into the project file (Figure 4.2 and 4.3).

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Figure 4.3: Load the family into the project

 

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Figure 4.4: Load family via the insert tab

 

1.3.       Overwrite and replace any families, nested families and parameter values (Figure 4.5).

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Figure 4.5: Overwrite any families and parameter values

 

1.4.       Create and load the PF model groups into the project file (Figure 4.6).

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Figure 4.6: Load the group into the project

 

1.5.       Replace all old PF family with the new PF model group (Figure 4.7).

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Figure 4.7: Note the difference between PF model group and individual PF families

2. Replace all PF from scratch

This method will only replace all PF families once the sequence of activities is completed. Do not utilize this method if the project has to be updated with new PF families ASAP.

Skip steps 2.1 to 2.2 if the PF family is the same.

2.1.  In the project file, ensure the existing PF family to be replaced has a different family name from the new PF family. Refer to Figures 4.0a. 4.0b and 4.0c to determine the family and type name.

2.2.      Load the family into the project file using any of the methods below.

2.2.1.              Open the family file and load it into the project file (Figure 4.1 and 4.3).

2.2.2.              Edit the family and load it into the project file (Figure 4.2 and 4.3).

2.2.3.              Load family via the insert tab (Figure 4.4).

2.3.      Create and load the PF model groups into the project file (Figure 4.6).

2.4.      Replace all new PF family with the new PF model group (Figure 4.7).

 

3. Place PF model group

This method is used when there are no new PF families to be replaced. Only placement of PF model groups is required.

3.1.      Create and load the PF model groups into the project file (Figure 4.6).

3.2.      Replace all old PF family with the new PF model group (Figure 4.7).

 

4. Replacement of new PF into a project with PF model groups

This method is used when all the PF model groups are placed but there are new changes in PF families.

4.1.  If there are new changes to the family tagging or attached detail group, unattach the detailed groups for the affected PF model group in the project file.

4.2.  In the project file, ensure the existing PF family to be replaced has the same family name as the new PF family. Refer to Figures 4.0a. 4.0b and 4.0c to determine the family and type name.

4.3.      Load the family into the project file using any of the 2 methods.

4.3.1.     Open the family file and load it into the project file (Figure 4.1 and 4.3).

4.3.2.     Edit the family and load it into the project file (Figure 4.2 and 4.3).

4.4.      Overwrite and replace any families, nested families and parameter values (Figure 4.5).

4.5.      Create and load the new PF model group into the project file.

Summary:

  • Be clear of what is being replaced; the PF family, the model group, or the attached detail groups.

 

Interested to learn more?

Stay tuned for Part Three of Yong Shen‘s Quick Way to Tag Nested Families!

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