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How to convert 3D CAD solids to Revit parametric BIM families?

A - answer A standard import of 3D solids from DWG and other CAD formats does not allow exploding and editation in Revit projects.

Using the import in the in-place component mode can help to bring in such 3D models and edit them in Revit. By adding reference planes and parameters you can convert the imported 3D model to a standard Revit parametric 3D family (.RFA file).

See the video illustrating the conversion process from an AutoCAD 3D model (retaining wall) from a DWG block to a RFA family:

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2.6.2014    18358×  
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applies to: Revit · DWG ·

See also:
Tip 11139:Which Autodesk applications can open a .3DM (Rhino) file?
Tip 10903:How to import an Illustrator file (.AI) into AutoCAD (.DWG)?
Tip 10356:Beware of the option Disjoin when moving elements in Revit.
Tip 10303:Overview of CAD formats supported in Inventor 2016 (import/export).
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