[Plugin][$] Cabinet Tools

[Plugin][$] Cabinet Tools

Postby tomot » Thu May 31, 2012 2:43 am

Why Cabinet Tools ?

Preliminary Home Design is a fluid changing process. The design of cabinets is part of that changing process. I created Cabinet Tools for that purpose. A tool with which the Designer can quickly create a concept for discussion with the client, and from which the final design can flow. Cabinet Tools geometry is therefore minimal to keep file size down. For example, there is no actual drawer behind the drawer fronts. There is no need since every Cabinet manufacturer will know how to make the actual drawer, including the sliding drawer hardware, there is no need getting bogged down in the additional detailing of drawers in 3d.

There is also nothing wrong with using ready made components from the Google warehouse either. As long as one recognizes when to use them and when not to use them. I'll use them if I'm paid to create interior renderings. Otherwise they are overly detailed, geometry heavy, and mostly time consuming to search for, including the great variety, of wood alternative textures, to select from. These Component Cabinets in most cases qualify as great 3d Shop drawings, that's why these Cabinet manufacturers created them.

Hence I think Cabinet Tools, is the perfect alternative for quick preliminary Cabinet design. All Cabinets are derived from 4 sub-cabinet menus:

1. SGL Cabinet - Door: Creates a Single Cabinet with a right or left facing door.
2. SGL Cabinet - Door + Drawer: Creates a Single Cabinet with a Drawer option and right or left facing door.
3. DBL Cabinet - Doors or Drawers: Creates a Double door Cabinet, or a Drawers only cabinet, with Drawer Size options.
4. CNR Cabinet - Door: Creates a typical Corner Cabinet, with corner door size option.

In addition:

1. Each Cabinet has an option to include, Knob, Pull, or no Hardware.
2. Each Cabinet has an option to include, or exclude a Finished Counter Top.
3. Each Cabinet Door shows a transparent visual panel, which can be changed to a non-transparent color or texture later using the SketchUp Paint Bucket menu.
4. Each Cabinet Door or Drawer is created with a distinct display color, which can easily be edited later using the SketchUp Paint Bucket menu.

By default base Cabinets are created. However by changing the depth and deleting the Kick space; upper Cabinets are created. Similarly by changing the height; floor to ceiling Cabinets are created. All members are grouped, hence copying and pasting additional shelves or dividers into Cabinets depends on how much time you want to spend adding elements to the default Cabinets. In the end these Cabinets will also render as well as any manufacturer created Cabinets at the warehouse.

If you are interested in this Plugin and want to view the videos, please click the link:cabinet

cheers!
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Re: [Plugin][$] Cabinet Tools

Postby unclebim » Tue Jun 05, 2012 8:53 am

It works for me as I managed to change the imperial default sizes to European (18mm panel, 600mm width etc.) but as I am unaware of scripting I can't make frameless doors with no rails and stiles. Could you include this option?
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Re: [Plugin][$] Cabinet Tools

Postby tomot » Tue Jun 05, 2012 10:28 pm

unclebim wrote: I can't make frameless doors with no rails and stiles. Could you include this option?

Its possible, but it will require some rethinking where such an option can logically fit, It can't really fit into the existing dialog box structure, because a choice of door types, may have to proceed choice of cabinet type. I'm still thinking! :)
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Re: [Plugin][$] Cabinet Tools

Postby tomot » Thu Jun 07, 2012 4:29 pm

I'm working on a revised update that will include a solid slab door, and sending out to my customers ASAP!
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Re: [Plugin][$] Cabinet Tools

Postby unclebim » Thu Jun 07, 2012 9:30 pm

This is good news. I also noticed that there is no option to insert a countertop with a reveal =0, it has to be >0, it would be nice if =0 is an option.
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Re: [Plugin][$] Cabinet Tools

Postby tomot » Fri Jun 08, 2012 12:34 am

unclebim wrote:This is good news. I also noticed that there is no option to insert a countertop with a reveal =0, it has to be >0, it would be nice if =0 is an option.


good observation! I will change it to >.001, that will make it very close to zero,
I've always been a reveal freak :)
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Re: [Plugin][$] Cabinet Tools

Postby I.Aleks.S » Wed Jun 27, 2012 11:54 am

Здравствуйте tomot.

Спасибо за все Ваши плагины, это большая и нужная деятельность!

Ваш плагин Cabinet Tools для кого сделан? Принцыпы построений корпусной мебели не соответствуют европейским, у нас это делается по другому.

С уважением к Вам.
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Re: [Plugin][$] Cabinet Tools

Postby tomot » Wed Jun 27, 2012 5:40 pm

Igor:
If I understand the Google translation correctly. You say in Europe we build cabinets differently. I fully realize that Cabinet manufacturing is a changing process, driven by technology. Gone are rebated joints, replaced with brisket/cutters and glue. and a variety to other mechanical panel to panel fastening methods. Also adjustable cabinet legs are replacing the traditional kick space. I'm not intending to replicate the manufacturing process. This plugin is a design tool, that shows the designers intent. I'm happy to look at changes to this tool, I welcome any suggestions you might have.

Cheers!
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Re: [Plugin][$] Cabinet Tools

Postby I.Aleks.S » Wed Jun 27, 2012 7:24 pm

Благодарю tomot за то что обратили внимание на мой вопрос.
Я потом обращусь к Вам с просьбой по дальнейшей разработке этого необходимого плагина.
Постараюсь составить обращение на английском языке.

С уважением к Вам.
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Re: [Plugin][$] Cabinet Tools

Postby tomot » Tue Jul 10, 2012 2:41 am

I.Aleks.S wrote:Благодарю tomot за то что обратили внимание на мой вопрос.
Я потом обращусь к Вам с просьбой по дальнейшей разработке этого необходимого плагина.
Постараюсь составить обращение на английском языке.

С уважением к Вам.

I think this Google translation thing is working, :bounce:
I hope to hear from your suggestions !
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Re: [Plugin][$] Cabinet Tools

Postby miikka1978 » Fri Aug 03, 2012 7:58 am

Thanks for this excellent plugin! This is a real time saver for me.

One suggestion for future improvement. When creating SGL Drawer, would it be possible to have additional layout (400, 400). This layout is sometimes used when having wastebasket in drawers.
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