Author: Jim Cowan Revit

Here at Ideate, we frequently get questions in the classroom from students, such as “when do I need an assembly instead of a group or nested family?" Watch this video, Assemblies with Drawings, to learn how and when to use assemblies, although, the short answer may be “when you need associated drawings and material or part takeoffs from the assembly."



The assembly is in own project file and is used to create shop drawings. The assembly is created from the correctly positioned families.


Assemblies with Drawings


To learn more, watch my video on Assemblies.  

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         Jim Cowan
Jim Cowan
AEC Senior Application Specialist

Jim Cowan’s extensive AEC design industry experience, Autodesk design solutions expertise, and status as an Autodesk Certified Instructor have made him a sought after university curriculum developer, instructor, and presenter. Jim’s areas of expertise include eLearning, interoperability between solutions, and overcoming barriers to the adoption of Building Information Modeling (BIM). Educated in Architecture at Edinburgh College of Art/Heriot–Watt University and in Landscape Architecture at the University of Manitoba, Jim has a special focus on sustainability issues: daylight analysis, sun studies, lighting analysis, modeling buildings, and conceptual energy modeling (models with shading devices). You can learn more from Jim on his YouTube Channel.