We use AutoCAD blocks and Revit families many times. We may have our company libraries, but we need to update it regularly. The common problem is it may not have the same appearance and size with the real world objects. Creating them by your own requires big effort.
In manufacturing industry, we have standard parts library. Usually they are already available in the software installation. But for BIM, there’s no standard furniture or plumbing fixtures. If there is, the models change very quickly.
Do you know that you can get those AutoCAD blocks and Revit families from Autodesk Seek? There are multiple file format available. You can get the RFA, RVT (Revit family), DWG (AutoCAD Block), SKP (SketchUp) and even PDF or TXT for specification.
There are many manufacturers submit their model, so you can choose the right model that actually available at the market.
These are some products by Haworth Inc.
Even if you don’t need the exact model, you can find very nice models here. Unless you want to create your own Revit families from scratch.
Autodesk Seek in AutoCAD and Revit
To download the models, all you need to do is go to seek.autodesk.com.
You can also do searches from within the application. There is an Autodesk Seek panel in insert tab.
After you type the keyword and press [enter], it will open a browser and show you the search result. There is no difference by directly typing the address in your browser. The only difference is it filter the file format to your applications. If you search from within AutoCAD, it will show you all AutoCAD supported files.
Have you tried to download a model from Autodesk Seek? What do you think?
You may have other libraries resources that you use before. I use Revit City to look for Revit families. CAD Forum and CAD Block Exchange Network for AutoCAD blocks. Do you have your favorite resources that you want to share here?