Revit Type Catalogs

Are you tired of having multiple types of family load into your Revit model, requiring you to constantly purge all the time to clear the unwanted items? What if you could always just select the family and type you need from a list before opening.

Well the good news is that you can and it’s carried out by creating type catalogs.

Autodesk Revit uses type catalogs by default on families such as Structural Framing and Columns. You will have seen this already if you have ever loaded one of these:

revit family type catalog

The dialog allows you to only select the family types you require.

The next image shows a typical window family with several types defined. Normally all these types would be brought into your project when the family is loaded. Not only does this increase project size unnecessarily, but it also means that selecting a famiy and type becomes a hassle as the list grows and over time.

revit family type selection


revit family type create new

To create a type catalog, just open the family which contains multiple defined types and from the application button, select Export> Family Types.

This will create a simple TXT file which you save in the same location as the family.

Now when you load the family into any project, the specify types dialog will appear and you can pick the required type from the list.

To read a full tutorial on how to create and manage Type Catalogues, go to Simon's 'how to create type catalogues to control families instances' blog post.

And if you think that’s useful, then you should check out the GRAITEC PowerPack for Revit as it contains a very powerful Family Manager, which can be pointed at your entire content folder and then shows thumbnails of your familes and allows you to select the desired type (without the need to create a type catalog for each family). Watch the video below to learn more: 

If you'd like to know more about Autodesk Revit or our Graitec PowerPack, or to request a quote, please do not hesitate to get in contact on 023 8086 8947 or by following the link below.

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