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Tutorial - Design to Manufacturing


This tutorial will take you through the design to manufacture of a kitchen. We provide a broad overview of the processes required to take one from initial design, through to a completed, manufactured kitchen. We lead you through the main, most straightforward sequence of steps required, however, along the way, where some prerequisite setup is assumed, we link to the tutorial providing this information, as well as additional tutorials providing more in depth information on a particular step. The goal, is that from this tutorial, you should be able to reproduce the same result. The additional tutorials cover tasks such as creating your own unique cabinets and defining the associated formulas to manufacture the item corectly, as well as the initial setup of customizing the supplied cabinet library to your own individual style of working.

The high level overview of the overall process of designing and manufacturing a kitchen consists of the following tasks:

  1. Complete the pre-requisite setup required before using the software for the first time.

    1. Modify the supplied cabinet library to suit your individual working style, that is, adjusting the height of all cabinets in bulk.

    2. Create additional cabinets in Cabinet Editor, then defining the required formulas to enable their manufacture within the "Costing & Cutlists" program.

  2. Design a Kitchen scene with the scene editor, start by drawing walls, then dropping in cabinets from the cabinet library.

  3. Placing a benchtop over a group of cabinets then adjusting the benchtop, increasing its overhang or various other dimensions.

  4. Export the scene for use by the “Costing & Cutlists” software.

  5. Export the benchtop as a dxf file.

  6. Open the “Costing & Cutlists” program.

  7. Import the job from the scene previously exported.

  8. Make any necessary adjustments to the list of cabinets imported, perhaps to increase quantities, change the material used to construct them, change edging detail, or if a cabinet has alternative construction methods, pick the submodel that describes how a cabinet is built.

  9. Some parts of a cabinet are sourced externally, these are called “buyin” parts in the program, items such as drawers, doors. Typically you create a sub model for a cabinet with this as an alternate construction method, this would produce a bill of materials of those items you yourself manufacture as well as the drawers and doors supplied by an external manufacturer. You can also define an alternate sub-model for a cabinet where you want to define an alternate construction method.

  10. From within the “Costing & cutlists” program, start the “3D Layout” program, import the job into this program. This program will layout the parts onto the sheet material, optimizing the layout so as to minimize material usage. This will also populate a folder with dxf files, one folder for each material type, one dxf file per sheet with the layout. Print out the layouts, also labels for each part.

  11. When satisfied with the design, print out a cutting list of the parts that consist of a particular job. Also print out a “Client proposal” with the quote of what the job is worth.