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Revit 2019 Family Tutorial Learning Objective

I’m going to go over the major concepts behind creating families, giving you the why behind “Families”. Then I’ll walk you through creating a table; hitting some of the major pit falls along the way so you don’t. Knives and forks everyone, let’s get started.

Revit 2019 Family Tutorial Topic

Reference Planes.



Applying Parameters.

All That Makes Up Families.

The Cha-Cha-Cha.


Testing that the Parameters work.

Test Project.


Sketch Mode + Mass Properties.

Align and Lock.


Basics of all elements in families

Based on the Cartesian coordinate system

Naming Reference Planes is important

All geometry is attached to reference planes

Center (Left/Right) + Center (Front/Back) = Insertion Point


Control Reference Planes that Move

Dimension Widths, Lengths, Heights

Equalized Dimensions - Center (Left/Right) + Center (Front/Back)

Don’t Over Dimension (over constrain the model)


Connects the Dimension to the Parameter

Select the Dimension

Apply the Label

IF no operate Parameter, create one on the fly

Applying Parameters

Parameters connect Family Type and Instance

Found in the Family Types Dialog Box

Some Parameters are not Modifiable (Template based)

Some Parameters are Modifiable (all the ones you create)

Naming Parameters is important

All That Makes Up Families

There is nothing but this.

These concepts have to be understood before we even begin the process of creating families.

The Cha-Cha-Cha

Basic Step for All Things Family

Draw Reference planes

Dimension Reference Planes

Label the dimension with the appropriate parameter


Testing that the Parameters work

Make sure that it does what it is suppose to

From the Family Types Dialog – Larger and Smaller Values

If you ADDED then you need to Flex = constantly Flexing the model

Test Project

Testing That the Family Works

Never load and untested family into a live project

Checking that the family works as a whole

Checking for Type Names and Family Names

Core Concept


Masses Are the Solid Components

How and Why We Use Them

Solid + Void Forms = any shape possible

Five kinds of Forms

Geometry Tools: Join/Cut

Sketch Mode + Mass Properties

Masses are built off a base sketch (footprint)

Rule = Closed Loop – Multiple loops are ok.

Mass properties control the Extrusion Depth, Material and Visibility

Align and Lock

Sketch Lines and Extrusions are Aligned and Locked to Reference Planes

Dimensions can be used as well (constrained )

Always Flex everything

Core Concept


Although this Table family is simple; the concepts presented and process demonstrated during its creation are the core of all things Family. We must learn to walk before we can run, we must crawl before we can walk. This was the first of 16 hours of training; we have a long way to go to fully understanding the power of families.

Q and A what did we learn

Family Use Concepts

New Family Editor Tools

Families in Action

Basic tools and Best practices to use in the Family Editor

How to build a family from scratch and test that it works correctly

A Family is a collect of Family Types, Types hold Parameters, Parameters control Reference Planes

Q and A what did we learn
Session01 Basic Table Family
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