Revit 2023 – Printing Manufacturing Drawings from Within Families


Printing drawings from within a Revit family is a chore. Sheets are not supported in families, so it is an impossibility to print the view on a sheet directly from the family.

For 2D views, it is possible to either export DWG or PDF to import into a project, from where it can be put on a sheet. To be able to do this correctly, care must be taken to set the views in the family up to show the correct scale, as this is exactly how it will be printed. Also, with the DWG export, the settings must be carefully chosen so that the colors are exported exactly how it is shown on the view.

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I recommend creating drafting views into which the DWG and PDF exports are imported. These drafting views are then placed onto a sheet and printed.

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It is known that DWG and PDF imports degrade the performance of the model, and one way to mitigate this is to explode the DWG imports to convert the drawing entities into Revit format, and then line types must be considered, especially if the project must conform to a BIM protocol.

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The disconnect between being able to print sheets from within families, and to override the dimensions not to show the parameter names, highlights the fact that Revit is not geared to be a manufacturing platform, and if the situation is complex enough, a collaborative workflow between inventor and Revit should be used.

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