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Parametric Carrel Family


A carrel (Figure-1 above) is a table or desk that is often partitioned and found in university or college libraries. In casinos, they are spread throughout the Race and Sports Book area and used for private betting.

The LDC carrel family shown in Figure-2 is a face-based family with Materials and Finishes parameters. A chair is also nested within this family.


In a project, you can change the carrel’s parameters through its Instance Properties as shown in Figure-3:


To change the material parameter of the nested chair, select the family and click Edit Family. This takes you to the Family Editor. Go to Create tab and Family Properties panel then click Types to change the values in the Materials and Finishes column. After that, reload the family back into the project.

Carrels_Rail-Based_R2010.rvt (Figure-4)

As the name implies, this family was created as a railing instead of a line based family. The railing tool has more flexibility than line based families as it allows you to draw curves using arcs. The idea is to substitute furniture parts for railing parts. In this case, the carrel sides and dividers were used as posts while the desktops and front panels, created as a profile, were used as railings. This method works particularly well in grandstand or theater seating where curved configurations are required.
Copy and paste the railing from the Carrels_Rail_Based_R2010.rvt file into your project to get this:
Please click to enlarge.

Note: When you copy then paste the Carrels_Rail-Based family by Paste Aligned method, the desktop and front panel finish defaults to gray color. This can be changed in the Edit Rail Structure dialog box (see Figure-11). However, if you use the keyboard shortcuts (control-c and control-v), the desktop and front panel comes in with the correct material.
Autodesk® Revit® Architecture 2011
On March 25, 2010, Autodesk has officially announced the new versions of its product line including Autodesk© Revit© Architecture 2011.
Soon to be Released Casino Furniture and Equipment !
These casino products will be out in a few days!

They are currently being tested. Thanks for your patience.
Autodesk Revit Teapot Render Button
Have you guys ever wondered what that little Revit teapot render button signifies? I’m talking about the small icon down below the View Controls (where you set the scale and set view options) that appears in 3D views.

About our First Release
I had been asked why I chose Casino furniture and Kitchen-Dining accessories for Little Details Count’s first release. Here is the story:

Accessorizing a Revit Project
This is a Revit model of a residential kitchen area where a few of LDC kitchen-dining accessories were placed:

Close-up Views of LDC Revit Families
Here are images of some products on this website showing what you can do with Revit.


A Revit Architecture 2010 and Windows 7 Issue
So far, most Autodesk® Revit® Architecture 2010 users who have upgraded to Windows 7 have not had any problems. I went ahead and upgraded to this new Microsoft operating system a couple of months ago despite the fact that Autodesk had stated that Revit Architecture 2010 has not been tested in the Windows 7 environment. However, I encountered a problem which I immediately reported to Autodesk support group. They then sent me an interim fix as their Development group is still working to resolve the issue. Here is that issue: