I am currently developing a series of steel connections for glulam columns and beams. This page will be updated as more become available.
All components on this page were made in Revit 2018.
Knife Plate Connector
The knife plate connector is to be used at the top or bottom of a wood column. Two downloads are available. One with the stand-alone connector, and one with it attached to the bottom of a glulam column. The glulam column with integrated knife plate is easier to use, but if you wish to place the knife plate on the top of the column, or use in a different column family, the knife plate family file should be used instead. All parameters are shared, so they can be used in schedules. The detail of the model has to be medium for the plates to appear, and fine for the bolts to appear.
See the image to the right to see how to adjust the parameters, and usage below on aligning the connector to a column.
Usage – Knife Plate Family
- Place connector on the bottom of the column.
- Switch to an elevation or section view, and mirror the connector across the bottom surface of the column.
- In plan, switch to wireframe view, and use the align tool to align the center of the connector with the center of the column. Make sure to do this in both axis, so the connector moves with the column.
- The connector and column should look like this.
- Using the cut tool, click the column first, then the connector.
Parametric Hex Bolt Head, Thread and Nut
The following bolt families are used in the steel connectors above. The geometry is simplified, so there is no chamfering on the bolt head, nut, or threads on the bolt shaft. The size of the bolt components is driven by the bolt diameter. The resulting sizes closely follow standard U.S. bolt sizes (1/4″ – 3″). All parameters are shared, so they can appear in schedules.
They are face-based families, and the detail level in Revit must be set to fine for them to appear.