BIM for Manufacturing

August 25, 2015 By Dan Fluegeman Leave a comment


While many manufacturers of building materials and equipment don’t use the Revit format for their native design, the architects, engineers, and construction contractors who use and install their products do use Revit.  Therefore, a manufacturer whose product is readily available in the Revit format significantly increases their chances of being specified as the basis of design in the construction documents.  This increased exposure can lead to better brand recognition, which can lead to increased sales.

The Dilemma:  How to get the products into a Revit format?  
The manufacturing design software landscape is dominated by four products:  AutoCAD, Inventor, SolidWorks, and MicroStation.  Large libraries of parts and products in these formats make it impractical to abandon them in favor of a new, BIM-friendly format.

The Solution:  Let BIM for Manufacturing show you how to use your existing design/fabrication/assembly drawings to create Revit content! 
Many of the formats employed by manufacturers (especially those listed above) can be imported directly into a Revit family.  This means that existing drawings can be used to generate the Revit objects required by the building architects and engineers.  

Advanced Solutions has designed a class where students discuss the Revit User Interface and the workflows involved with importing CAD and other formats into families in Autodesk Revit.  The class also dives into the Revit Family Editor tools and workflows for creating “clean sheet” Revit families. Finally, you'll modify existing families by adding type catalogs, lookup tables, and clearance objects, testing your new found Revit skills.

The class will help you...

  • Identify and describe the different types of Revit Families (System, Component, and In-Place).
  • Differentiate between Instance Properties and Type Properties
  • Differentiate between Hosted and Non-Hosted Component Families
  • Examine and discuss the Family Editor User Interface
  • Describe the different form objects used to create Family Geometry, as well as how and when to use each type.
  • Create a Revit Family by importing existing Non-Revit format files (Inventor, SolidWorks, Autodesk Exchange, CAD)
  • Create a Revit Family utilizing Family Templates included with the Revit application.
  • Create new Family Types within Revit Families
  • Control visibility of family objects based on view
  • Create dimensional and non-dimensional parameters for use in Component families
To sign up for BIM for Manufacturing Part 1 or Part 2, click each link or visit our website for the full list of classes!

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Tagged with CAD and CAM, Autodesk Revit, Autodesk Inventor, Inventor, Tech Support, BIM, Revit, AutoCAD, Manufacturing, Autodesk Inventor 2016, MicroStation, SolidWorks

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