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.
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:
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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.more...