Revit® Lesson 4 - Show the Nested Family in the Right Level

Using nested families in Revit projects is a great feature but there are always problems with showing the right cut-area from the nested family in different levels of the project. Imagine that a nested family has a generic model family nested in another generic model family with different heights and cut-area. All different generic model families will be cut and shown in every level even they have different heights if the standard setting of Revit is being used.

Now you might ask how you can solve this problem. It is easier and quicker than as it sounds. To fix the problem, the category of the nested families has to be set the family shared.

How to do this:

  • Family Category and Parameters
  • Family Parameters
  • Shared

After the shared value is set for the Family Parameters, the cut plane will be displayed as expected. Here is an example how to show the nested family in the right level of the project in Revit:

For example the nested family is created from different generic model family and the host family spans multiple levels but the nested families should only be seen on the Level 1 where it is placed originally. If the value of the nested family is not shared in the Family Parameters, then the entire nested family will appear in all Levels.

If the value is set to Shared in the Family Parameters, then the cut plane will appear as expected in the First Level or any other Level where the nested family was placed originally.

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