Questions still come up frequently about how come the cabinet pulls don’t show and how to make it work. This is a revisiting of the fundamentals of how the cabinet pull/handle feature works.
There are a number of things that have to be considered when trying to display pulls on the cabinet doors and drawer fronts. Starting with version 2011 R1, the minimum you have to do is:
- Have a pull locator on the door or drawer front graphic.
- Choose a pull/handle from View-Pick User Graphics.
- Turn on the display option to show the pulls.
- Use a display other than Architectural.
We’ll go over these in order.
1). Have a pull locator on the door or drawer front graphic.
Start with putting the pull locators on the door / drawer front graphics. With the Manufacturing or Cabnetware Drafter versions, go to File Setup Parameters and select a Door or Drawer Front file to Edit. Click Done when in the Edit mode. Then select CAD Enhancements. Choose a Vertical or Horizontal pull location. Put the symbol on the door/drawer front relative to the edge. (It can be moved and changed later). This will be the center line of the pull to be chosen in the room design.
Use Handle ID 1 because this is the default with the initial cabinet design.
2). Choose a pull/handle from View-Pick User Graphics.
In the room use View – Pick User Graphics and select from the available pulls.
These pulls will show on the doors and drawers for the entire room, if you:
3). Turn on the display option to show the pulls.
In the room, turn on the Door/Drawer Pull option by going to View – Display Options. This can be set as a default in Preferences too.
4). Use a display other than Architectural.
For pulls to display on elevation select a view other than Architectural. Architectural view shows a generic pull marker and door hinge swing indicator. Not a pull. Change this in the View Display Options dialog or with a <RB> menu selection on the elevation view.
To use some of the enhanced Pull/Handle features you can consider:
1). Linking a 3D Object to the Hardware.
With the Manufacturing and Cabnetware Drafter versions you can associate a 3D graphic with the Hardware selected for the pull. Do this in File Setup Hardware. Or you can do it directly from the screen where you select the hardware for the room. Edit a pull and select a graphic to use. The list of graphics will include everything you have available for Pulls/Handles in Setup User Graphics. This list can be enhanced by using the Import feature to add more objects.
Now, when you select the hardware for the room, the pull graphic is automatically assigned. You can also change the hardware on a section basis in Section Modify. Note how the Pull Location is defaulted to ‘1’ in section modify.
If you select a pull in Room Defaults Hardware/Other and there is a pull object associated with it, this graphic will override the one selected in Pick User Graphics.
To view an earlier Tech Tip describing this and enhanced pull usage, use this link.
This tech tip is valid for all Cabnetware Manufacturing and Drafter versions since 2011 R1.