Create and manage Families in Rhino

In Rhino, use the Panel to create Families in the current Rhino Document and assign objects to them.

Families group the geometry imported into different Loadable Families or System Families in a Revit Project or Ifc file. Rhino blocks will automatically create Families of the same name.

Creating a new Family

Using the panel

Select any number of Rhino objects and start typing in the Panel a Family name in the Family field. The Family is now created in the Document and includes the selected geometry. At any time you can assign more objects to an existing Family by typing the Family name in the Family field of the selected objects. To remove an object from a Family just clear the Family field of the object.

Creating a family using the panel

Using blocks

Create a block to create a Family of the block name. The Family is now created in the Document and includes the block geometry. At any time you can assign more objects to an existing Family by adding objects to the block. To remove an object from a Family remove it from the block.

Creating a family using blocks

Family Category

Families can be assigned to different available Categories. Some Categories behave different than others.

Family Parameters

Families have a set of standard Parameters: Category, Comments, Mark and Workset. To create more Parameters use P.

Select one or more object that belongs to a Family or a block to edit its Parameters using the Panel. Use Q to edit in a table format.

The Parameters need to exist in Revit as Project or System Parameters to be populated.

Custom and shared parameters

To add additional custom Parameters to Families use P.

Each Parameter will be populated in Revit according to its type. Numbers will require numbers and so on. Wrong type Parameters will not be populated. You will not receive a warning if this happens, always check your data when importing.

The Rhino Document units will be used to create the values in Revit.

Block Instance Parameters

Rhino blocks can have individual custom Parameters assigned. Check the Instance checkbox to make the block use unique instance Parameters instead of the default ones assigned to that Family.

Importing Shared Parameters

You can import Parameters from a Shared Parameters txt file. Press Import to select the .txt file and select the Parameter to import and assign it to any Category.

Accessing Families in the document

To view and quickly select any Family in the Document use F.

Select one or more Families in the list and press Select to select all objects that are assigned to that Family or the block with that name. Double clicking on a name will also select the objects in that Family.

Scheduling Family parameters

To visualize and edit all Families and relative Parameters in the document use Q.

Family and Parameters can be exported in formatted .csv table for further query inside Excel.

Create Families and more from Rhino layers and properties

T can generate automatically Families and Subcategories from Rhino layers. Use it to quickly convert a Rhino Document into a BEAM ready file. Set up a good layer structure to work best with this workflow.