The primary structural
entities you will find in a model or project that is linked/imported
to 3ds Max Design from AutoCAD, AutoCAD Architecture, or Revit are
style-based objects (in
ADT models), family elements (in Revit projects) or
both ADT and AutoCAD files). Each style-based object, family element,
or block will most likely have many
the 3ds Max Design scene.
- Instances are multiple occurrences
of objects such as style-based objects or blocks that are clone instances.
When you link a model or drawing that contains instanced objects
to 3ds Max Design, those objects remain instances of one another.
- Family Elements in a Revit project represent
different items of a building and are separated into two general categories;
Model and Annotation. The Model category includes such elements
as walls, doors, windows and stairs while the Annotation category includes
dimensions, text notes and section tags. When a DWG is exported
from Revit and linked to 3ds Max Design, elements appear in the Modifier
Parents, meaning you've selected the element at
its topmost level, or as
Geometry, meaning one of the element's
- Blocks are reusable objects made
in AutoCAD or Architectural Desktop. Blocks are made of one or more objects
that can be inserted into a scene at different locations, scales
and orientations. Blocks can also be an amalgam of other blocks.
A block that is made of other blocks is referred to as a nested block.
Once linked to 3ds Max Design, blocks appear in the Modifier panel as
VIZBlocks, meaning you've selected the block at its topmost level,
or as Linked Geometry, meaning one of the block's subcomponents.
NoteIf you use one of
the “node hierarchy” Derive By settings, you will see Block/Style
Parent objects in the Modifier panel and not VIZBlocks.
- AutoCAD Architecture style-based objects are
complex objects like Doors and Windows whose components rely on
style definitions to control how they appear in the scene. For example,
style definitions for a door set the type of door, the door thickness,
the materials assigned to the various components, and so forth.
Altering the style definitions changes the appearance of the object in
- Instanced Objects
Instanced objects are
AutoCAD, Revit, or AutoCAD Architecture objects or blocks that you
can drag and drop into 3ds Max Design.
- Family Elements
When modifiers and materials
are assigned to family elements that are imported or linked to 3ds Max Design,
they propagate throughout all instances of the element if their
family and type match exactly.
The concept of blocks originated
in AutoCAD. Blocks allow you to combine one or more objects into
a single reusable object. As you work in AutoCAD or AutoCAD Architecture,
you can insert blocks repeatedly in the drawing at various locations,
orientations, and scales. If you change a block, the changes propagate
automatically to all instances of that block throughout the drawing.
Styles are sets of parameters
that you can assign to objects in AutoCAD Architecture to determine
their appearance. This means an AutoCAD Architecture object references
a style in order to determine certain aspects of its appearance.