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Revit Structure Tutorials Imperial[1] 2008

Revit Structure Tutorials Imperial[1] 2008

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In this exercise, you use the Revit Structure Family Editor to create a custom truss family.

Dataset

■Click File menu ➤ Open.

■In the left pane of the Open dialog, click the Training Files icon.

■Open i_RST_Truss_Custom_Family.rvt located in the Imperial folder.

Open the truss family

1Click File ➤ New ➤ Family.

2In the left pane of the Open dialog, click the Training Files icon.

3Open Structural_Trusses.rft located in the Imperial folder.

Sketch web reference planes

4On the Design Bar, click Ref Plane.

5Sketch 5 vertical reference planes approximately as shown.

6On the Design Bar, click Dimension, and place dimensions to each reference plane as shown.

7Click the EQ symbol to apply equal constraints.

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8Using the same method, place additional vertical reference planes to complete the web pattern as shown.

Sketch top and bottom chords

9On the Design Bar, click Truss Top Chord.

10Sketch the truss top chord as shown.

11On the Design Bar, Truss Bottom Chord.

12Sketch the truss bottom chord as shown.

Sketch truss webs

13On the Design Bar, click Truss Web.

14Click the intersection of the bottom chord and the first vertical reference plane to set the start point of the
first truss web as shown.

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15Snap to the intersection of the top chord and reference plane as shown.

16Using the same method, add remaining truss webs to complete the pattern as shown.

17On the Design Bar, click Modify.

Save the new truss family

18Click File menu ➤ Save As.

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19In the Save As dialog, do the following:

■For Save in, navigate to a folder of your choice.

■For File name, enter Custom_Truss.

■For Save as type, select Family Files (rfa).

■Click OK.

Load the truss into the project

20On the Design Bar, click Load into Projects.

21In the Load into Projects dialog, select i_RST_Truss_Custom_Family.rvt, and click OK.

You are now in the project file.

Place the custom truss

22In the Project Browser, under Structural Plans, double-click Level 2.

23On the Design Bar, click Truss.

24In the Type Selector, select Custom_Truss.

25Click the column at grid location A1 to establish the start point of the truss.

26Click the column at grid location A4 to establish the endpoint of the truss as shown.

27In the Project Browser, under 3D Views, double-click 3D.

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28Repeat the same method to place additional trusses as shown.

29Click File menu ➤ Close.

You can save the open file if you wish. In the next exercise, a new dataset is supplied.

30Proceed to the next exercise, “Building a Truss with Drafting Tools” on page 445.

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