How to use your own sections in the Revit Wood Framing Wall extension tool

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How to use your own sections in the Revit Wood Framing Wall extension tool

A customer asked us a question of how to use their own wood sections in the Revit Wood Framing tool. Firstly the Wood Framing tool is a Subscription based tool which you can download here. You’ll need to have a valid Autodesk Subscription account.

The Wood Framing Tool is used to convert existing walls into wooden framed walls.

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So to answer the question you’ll need to firstly load your sections into Revit which you’d like to use in the tool. So go to Revit’s Insert -> Load Family tool. Browse to the UK library -> Structural Framing -> Wood -> Dimensional Lumber.rfa.

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Load in the 114×38 sized element.

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Once loaded inside Revit you can access to component within the Structural ribbon -> Beams. If you want additional sizes you can either Load them in like before or click Edit Type -> Duplicate and create our own sized element.

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Once you have clicked Duplicate make sure you also change the name and the actual size of the element as shown below:

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Now we are ready to move to the Wood Framing tool. To initial the tool you’ll need to select a wall first. Then access your Extensions ribbon tab and click Modelling tool. This tool will expand and you select the Wood Framing Wall tool.

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This will open a preview of the selected wall. In the Geometry section of the tool make sure you select the option called “Use Revit Project Active families” as shown:

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If you now click on the Stud and Blocking section. Select your wall object inside the Preview area and you will see that your Revit Structural Framing sections are shown in the drop down for you to use.

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You will see a fairly similar option wrt the wood sections to be used in the other area. The External Framing section is shown in the screenshot below:

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By | 2017-05-24T12:12:49+00:00 March 29th, 2015|

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I’m an Architectural Technologist (B.Tech.Arch) that has experience on the technical side of IT especially PCs, Large Format printers and Autodesk software. I am working as an AEC Application Engineer for a Gold Autodesk Reseller in South Africa called Micrographics. My role is focussing on support and training on software applications like Revit ( Arch,MEP and Str), Civil3D, AutoCAD, SANSCalc and Lumion.