Searching the internet for good quality Revit content can take some time. Fortunately I’ve come across a couple good quality sites that may interest you in your hunt for quality content. The sites I’m listing here are not the only options out there for content, but they each have a very different approach to content and may cater to your content creation philosophy. The content ranges from groups, fill patterns, families, models, rendering materials, etc.
There’s no better place to find content other than the source. Most of the content found on Autodesk’s website is directly from manufacturer’s and are, to some degree, modeled to the Autodesk family standard. Be careful though as some of these models are overly detailed. But probably one of the best places to start for Revit content.
Little Details Count
Little Details Count is a website focused clearly on one thing, highly detailed & render-able Revit families and models. While this approach sounds ideal, it’s really not that great for large commercial projects, because of the larger file size and increased polygon count for rendering. What this IS ideal for are those residential projects that are smaller in scale and affords you more time to put into the details. The only other issue I have is most of the content that is on the website right now, well it’s fluff. It’s pots & pans and paper towels & teapots. It’s the fluff you use for renderings, the problem being, if you want a good quality rendering, chances are you aren’t going to do it in Revit. Autodesk never really intended Revit rendering for that purpose, hence the crippled Mental Ray. What Revit rendering IS good for is design charette type renderings, where you want to study lighting or massing, or preliminary renderings before exporting to 3ds max and THEN adding fluff. So I’m digressing a bit, but all this aside, these are really great families. They’re considerably inexpensive and very well built. So if you’re building a small casino, or building a residential project in Revit and doing a lot of final renderings in Revit, these are the families for you.
Little Details Count - "Highly Detailed Revit Families & Models"
Revit Content All-in-One
Revit Content has a slightly different approach. Most of their content revolves around making the family as flexible as possible. I can appreciate this approach as it makes for a very efficient family (and you know it’s well built if it’s that flexible). A huge plus. But this is one of many benefits. First, you can easily update a lot of content. Second, you have a smaller more condense Revit family library. Third, your project files are greatly reduced in size. There are huge benefits to this approach.
From their website it seems that they have a very diverse and full content library to choose from, I’d imagine the content is relatively affordable considering all the flexibility you get in “built-in”. And lastly they have a very unique “content update notifier” allowing customers to know when a newer version of the family comes out. A very professional and well thought out approach to quality Revit content creation.
Revit Content - "Just Professional Revit Families"
If you ask most people new to Revit where they get their content if they don’t find it in the default Autodesk library, there’s a good chance the first words out of their mouth are, “Revit City”. This is good and bad. First the good, the database they have includes over 8,000 Revit families, all of them searchable & sortable by division, and best of all, they are all FREE. Now for the bad. There’s no quality control. No quality control means you have no way of knowing how well built the family is. Sure they have a rating system, but most people rating the families are rating them based on how they “look” or how “detailed” they are. That doesn’t always equate to quality. Is it flexible? Does it have any parameters built-in? Is the file-size appropriate? Are the materials set up for rendering? All questions you should ask when looking for good content. And yes there are GOOD Revit families and models to be found here. It just may require some hunting.
Contact your Local Reseller
Most if not all vendors for Revit liklely have the capability (for a price) to create custom content for your firm or for your project. So if you can’t find the content you need out there, don’t have enough time to do it yourself, or aren’t sure how to create content — it may be a good idea to “contact your local reseller”
Contact your Local Reseller
Lastly I’d like to state, that while I know 3D Warehouse by Google
is very popular for SketchUp, there are a couple caveats to using these models in Revit. First, these models are made for sketchup, not Revit, and in the process of converting any third-party file format into Revit, you should be wary of the data coming with it. These files can be very high in polygon count, they do not carry any parametric data with them, and there’s virtually no flexibility with these models. With data like this, if it’s not encapsulated inside a generic family before importing into Revit, it can cause serious errors in your Revit file causing hard-crashes. All reasons you’re much better off building the Revit family from scratch.