One of the things I found a little tricky with Revit is controlling the visibility of parts when doing a fabrication set of drawings, today I had a little breakthrough though, it’s simple really but it just eluded me. The key is naming your inplace families correctly. When I do a fabrication element I prefer to use inplace models as I find them easier to control to a fabrication level of accuracy (and it makes it harder for someone else to mess up on me!) I’ll create an inplace family of one extrusion only as I want to be able to isolate individuals & like everything in Revit proper naming is key.
First create an inplace family, choose an appropriate category & name it (fig.1). In this case I’m doing a canopy frame so I chose a generic model and called it canopy brace 1. Model the element. When copied the number will automatically increase. Finish the inplace model and go to the project browser & rename the type to be a part number (fig.2). I created a material take-off just to help me identify the individual parts, but it’s not necessary I just find it a good way to keep my parts organized. By creating a unique material for the fabricated elements I can add a material comment and once that is done it is a simple matter of applying a filter to isolate them in the schedule.
Using a visibility graphics filter it is now an easy matter to control a view by a specific part name (fig.3).