Cabinetmaking 101, Lesson # 1: The work environment
SOLIDWORKS software is a comprehensive tool that includes several functions and possibilities which allows it to be used in different fields. One of the areas that require special attention is cabinetmaking. That’s why we decided to do a series on our blog specifically for this area. Over the next few months, we will have lessons on modeling techniques, library functions, drawings with the debitage list, ToolsXperts and finally transfer for an ERP system. On the other hand, we start by preparing our workstation.
Setting up a cabinetmaking toolbar
In SOLIDWORKS, there are toolbars for sheet metal, molds, etc. Unfortunately there is no “Cabinetmaking” tab by default. We are therefore going to build one in order to personalize it. To do this just right click on the command manager and choose “customize the command manager” Then go to the last tab and with a right click again add a tab.
Then just add the icons you frequently use for cabinetry. Here is an example we suggest:
Once your tab and your customization are complete, don’t forget to save your changes by saving your settings. So you can share it with other users in your company.
Create a part and assembly model
Another important step to do early on is to create a starting model for parts and assemblies. To do so, all you have to do is start with a part or an empty assembly. Then we go to the options and under “document properties”, we modify the options that we need to change for our domain. In addition to the standard (ANSI), it is also necessary to change the units in order to have it in inches, but in fraction format. It is very important to put the denominator in the 32nd and ask to round to the nearest fraction.
Also in the dimension tab, it is important to choose the display of fractions, size, etc.
Take the time to shop around and change what’s important to you. Once you’ve chosen your options, don’t forget to save your template and give it whatever name you want. Do the same exercise for the assembly model. Note that these options are not for drawing. We will do this model in another lesson.
Template for the property manager
Properties in SOLIDWORKS are important in order to include all of the part information. We will take these values later to use them in the title block, the nomenclature, the debitage list and for an ERP system. It is therefore important to build a form in the task pane in order to easily insert the properties of the parts.
There is a tool in SOLIDWORKS that is the “Property Form Editor” available from the Windows Start menu. This tool will allow you to build your form with a drop-down list of pre-established choices, buttons, text boxes, etc.
Installation of ToolsXperts
A final important step to do is the installation of the ToolsXperts. These tools are available and free to SolidXperts customers as they have technical support and updates. There are two very important tools for the cabinetmaking sector which is DécoupeXperts (serial export from DXF) and EdgeXperts (management of field strips). We will talk about these software a little later in another lesson. To download and install these tools, simply connect to the MonXpert3D portal (www.monxpert3D.com).
In addition, another advantage of installing ToolXperts is that you will have access to our SolidXperts component with all the information you need to communicate with us quickly.
In closing, if you need a helping hand setting up your work environment, we can help you with any issues. Do not hesitate to contact our technical support department at 1.877.824.3379 or by email at email@example.com). If you don’t have the time to do it yourself, take note that our application specialists can do it for you in consultation.