Flex and Conduit Part 2 Flex connector family

Rick Buckman

Architecture and Engineering, All, Revit Flex Conduit, Revit Groups, Revit Sealtite, Save, Construction, Families, Revit electrical, revit mep, System 0 Comment

In part 1 we discussed the connector. Now in part 2 we will show how to make flex combined with the fittings you want and how to see it in material counts. The method we will use will combine a system family with our component families to later use in models or embed into a template file.  In house this method is used all the time. Let’s begin inside a Revit project.<data-blogger-escaped-o:p></data-blogger-escaped-o:p>

Insert the families for the flex, sealtite or MC that we made in the previous blog tutorial.<data-blogger-escaped-o:p></data-blogger-escaped-o:p>

Select the connector type you want use and the size you want. We are going to tie specifics to the system family to mate up with the fittings. Place an instance in a plan view. It should be something like this.<data-blogger-escaped-o:p></data-blogger-escaped-o:p>

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Next under Flex Pipes create a new “Type”. Since we are doing Sealtite in part 2 our types look like so.<data-blogger-escaped-o:p></data-blogger-escaped-o:p>

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We are making a 1” whip so we will size the types to meet the standards of Trade sizes.<data-blogger-escaped-o:p></data-blogger-escaped-o:p>

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For good measure I added insulation to this as well to get it up to the actual OD of the Sealtite.<data-blogger-escaped-o:p></data-blogger-escaped-o:p>

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 We used it so it is better visually.  The top version is with the insulation in Medium Detail. The lower just looks like train tracks….

Add any additional Shared parameters that you want to Line this up with your other material. We added a Description ,Unit of measure and Custom Length Parameter.<data-blogger-escaped-o:p></data-blogger-escaped-o:p>

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Add your connector to both ends.<data-blogger-escaped-o:p></data-blogger-escaped-o:p>

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Next select the set and Create a group.<data-blogger-escaped-o:p></data-blogger-escaped-o:p>

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Now select your group in the project browser and save the group.<data-blogger-escaped-o:p></data-blogger-escaped-o:p>

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Select the “Group to save” if you have more than one in the list. The file name will default to your group name.<data-blogger-escaped-o:p></data-blogger-escaped-o:p>

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Open the Saved group file. It will be an RFA.  Manage tab/ Purge unused. Purge all of the unneeded items and re save the file.<data-blogger-escaped-o:p></data-blogger-escaped-o:p>

To insert this group into a current project or template Insert tab/ Load group as. Select the File and uncheck the boxes below to prevent debris from being loaded.<data-blogger-escaped-o:p></data-blogger-escaped-o:p>

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The new group will show up in the groups of your project.<data-blogger-escaped-o:p></data-blogger-escaped-o:p>

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To use it Select it and place an instance. VERY IMPORTANT. UNGROUP the group to modify the whip. To pull and adjust the whip select the grip on the outer part of your connectors and drag them.<data-blogger-escaped-o:p></data-blogger-escaped-o:p>

If you want to flip the fitting to pull it another direction. Rotate the fitting. If you have Evolve you can use the “Rotate X” and ”Rotate Y “shortcuts.<data-blogger-escaped-o:p></data-blogger-escaped-o:p>

Tune in next time for part 3 of this tutorial. We will cover the listing and sorting and methods to save and support more groups. How it looks in a schedule, and there will be video on how to model and maneuver as well. Thank You.