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3/30/2012 9:56:52 AM
 
BoppIT
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Joined 03/30/2012
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Converting from Inventor to Revit and using parameters  

Hey Everyone,

I'm new to this site so bare with me please... I am working on converting my companies inventor files to revit files for architects and end users to be able to download and place in their models.  I work for a lighting firm that designs point source (track and drop in) as well as Linear (track and grid)  My issue besides the conversion process is really with the linear files.  I want our customers to be able to spec out assorted length runs of linear with 4 6 and 8 foot sections. 

Is it possible to have one 4 foot file that a customer can adjust the parameters within to get a6 or 8 foot light, or is it simpiler to everyone involved if I just make it so there are seperate files availble for each length we offer.

Thanks.

3/30/2012 10:03:25 AM
 
Charles Prettyman
2 Posts
Joined 05/13/2011
Re: Converting from Inventor to Revit and using parameters
In Response To:  BoppIT

I would prefer a single revit family, with types for 4', 6' and 8'.  I can't promise that it s a universal opinion, from from a revit perspective that makes the most sense to me 

3/30/2012 10:36:07 AM
 
BoppIT
3 Posts
Joined 03/30/2012
Re: Converting from Inventor to Revit and using parameters
In Response To:  Charles Prettyman

So you are saying one file with all 3 models in it?  I actually never thought of that.  How would that effect the lighting schedual?  Thank you for the idea.

3/30/2012 11:14:26 AM
 
rauger
28 Posts
Joined 03/30/2012
Re: Converting from Inventor to Revit and using parameters
In Response To:  BoppIT

 I can´t be of any help with the details, but agree with nesting it all in if possible.

Before this was an performance issue, but today it´s not so much.

I had a look last week at some of the great work of http://www.revit-content.com/content/window/

Used to hate this approach, but is in the thinkthank of buying lot´s of it, very nice if more like this is part of the free lib.

Still no feature converter to Revit?, I know it´s a small part of all the data needed, but that was a very good idea.

Love the new 2013 integrated Suites, Inventor is a great tool, need to have a look at it.

3/30/2012 11:27:07 AM
 
Dan Tartaglia
10 Posts
Joined 12/22/2010
Re: Converting from Inventor to Revit and using parameters
In Response To:  BoppIT

I do not claim to know much about Inventor; in Revit it makes sense to store the light sizes as Family Types in one Revit Family as long as the geometry and parameters names are the same. The parameter values will be most likely setup per size which will be Type parameters.

Dan

3/30/2012 12:49:30 PM
 
mylenka
1 Posts
Joined 03/30/2012
Re: Converting from Inventor to Revit and using parameters
In Response To:  BoppIT

 You should try modeling inside new Autodesk 123D - it will be mass modeler inside Revit 2014

Happy Easter

3/30/2012 1:24:26 PM
 
123D
2 Posts
Joined 03/30/2012
Re: Converting from Inventor to Revit and using parameters
In Response To:  BoppIT

Well
Why not, it's better than excell if you design for IKEA.

3/30/2012 2:05:00 PM
 
rauger
28 Posts
Joined 03/30/2012
Re: Converting from Inventor to Revit and using parameters
In Response To:  123D

 I have my Livingroom/Kitchen full of Ikea stuff!, love it, and what it did for me when Young.

The fact I´m into curved/complex stuff later in Life do not take anything away from what Ikea did for many many Young Couple´s.

3/30/2012 2:14:47 PM
 
rauger
28 Posts
Joined 03/30/2012
Re: Converting from Inventor to Revit and using parameters
In Response To:  BoppIT

 For more curved Furniture 2 get into Revit alive, the Spaceclaim tech might be a sollution.

I tested it, and it even does Sketchupmess look prettie. amazeing.

Revit would love this tech if possible, revit hate tris big time we all know :)

3/30/2012 4:26:02 PM
 
wspier
3 Posts
Joined 09/28/2011
Re: Converting from Inventor to Revit and using parameters
In Response To:  BoppIT

Since you cannot convert all the different parametric types (in your case, fixture lengths) that exist in a single Inventor file, into the same types in a single revit family file, your options are either: 

  1. to convert each length fixture out as a separate export, through the Inventor AEC file format exchange environment, or
  2. to remodel the fixture in Revit MEP. And if you do this, you do not want to create three separate geometries in one file, but create one geometry with the various size dimension parameters.

Doing the latter means you can create the same parametric types in Revit (natively), just like you had different sizes in a single Inventor file, so that the user can then simply open a single file in Revit and access to any of the three fixtures. The only down side, is you would have to keep both the Revit content and Inventor content current, any time there are changes to the actual product.

If you go that route, take a look at Greenheck's Revit content page, download one of their pieces of conrtent to see how it loads and insets into a Revit file. And make sure to raed all the tips and downloadable collateral that Jason Spleha posted there. Very useful information.

Feel free to ping me if you have further questions. william.spier@aurtodesk.com

Wm



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