When to use the FAR Process as the most efficient means to creating Revit Families.

When do you know that you want to be able to use the FAR Process to automate your data into BIM Models (Revit Families) for the architect to use? Just because you can automate the creation of BIM Models does not mean that it justifies doing it.

Attached is a flow chart that presents various scenarios for building manufacturers illustrating the points to consider when creating your product data into BIM Models and when it justifies automating this process with the Far Process.

I’ve highlighted some of the points to consider as you review the Flow Chart.

  • What are you using to create the designs for your product mix? (AutoCAD; Inventor; SolidWorks; Pro E)
  • Are your designs 2D or 3D?
  • What is the most efficient way to create BIM data/Revit Families for your product Type?
  • Static
  • If the product is stable (does not go through engineering changes) and unless there is a common design around multiple products, a manual creation of the Revit Families is most cost efficient
  • When a static product is changeable, the FAR Process is the most efficient method of creating Revit Families
  • Configurable
  • Customizable
  • Both Configurable and Customizable products should follow the same methodology when creating Revit Families
  • The FAR Process is most efficient to create the Revit Families when provided a basic core model and a list of options that differentiates the product models
  • When the parametric changes of a product impact the form, fit and function, the FAR Process is the most efficient method to create Revit Families
  • When the parametric changes impact the dimensional changes of a product, a manual creation of the Revit Families is most efficient
  • Made to order
  • When the product is ‘made to order’ and is static (the geometry is non parametric), then the FAR Process is most efficient when creating Revit Families. The AEC Exchange is another option but is only available to Autodesk users on the manufacturing side with some limitations.
  • Build Design (product design for a specific building project)
  • The FAR Process is most efficient when creating Revit Families. Again, the AEC Exchange is another option but is only available to Autodesk users on the manufacturing side with some limitations.

Contact us if you would like to discuss your product mix and how the efficiencies of the FAR Process can work for you.

Patrick K. Johnson

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Source: CAD Enhancement, Inc. – When to use the Far Creator
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