By Carl Storms, IMAGINiT Building Solutions
Revit 2016 is now out in the world and has been for a few weeks. I have come to learn about two little hidden gems of “New” features in Revit 2016. For whatever reason these hidden gems have been left off the official Autodesk information for what is new with the 2016 release. In this post I’m going to talk about one I think many Architects and Designer will love – New Door Content.
The out of the box door content for the US Imperial, US Metric, and Canada Libraries have been added to from what was available in Revit 2015 and before. In 2015 there were 32 families in the Door folder. In 2016, in the Door folder and sub folders, there are now 92 families. The subfolders are: Commercial, Hardware, and Residential.
Each of the new folders has new goodies for all to enjoy!
You will also notice that many of the doors now come with Type Catalogs which means you can be selective of what size you load into your model. Be aware as some of the door families have what seems like 50 – 60 Family types (sizes) which can bloat file sizes.
Now what I find even more exciting about the new doors is the fact that all of the doors can now have the door swings at any angle you like. This includes the curtain wall panel doors and the legacy or original doors (not must be 2016 content for this to work on legacy doors). You also have the ability in some doors to turn on and off the grills.
Here’s another neat little feature for some of the new door content (Residential & Commercial). When you have the detail level set to fine, the hardware is visible (which is also the hardware in the new hardware folder).
One note about the Hardware content; it is true 3D content that also serves as Stand Alone Components. What this means is that it does not associate itself to the doors, and by default comes in on the level you are working on (i.e. the floor).
If you are still looking for more new features for Revit 2016 check out these videos too:
Autodesk Revit 2016: Favorite New Features
Autodesk Revit 2016: Favorite New Features - Part 3
Link to Part 2 of the Revit 2016 Gems.