Using preset values to aid in designing

Sometimes setting up room designs with 3d objects and specialized moldings can involve a lot of manipulation. Here is a tip to help reduce the number of clicks needed when using a particular common setup.

This view shows the use of a 3d object and two specialized moldings to display a simple bar layout.

I used a 3d object for the bar foot rail support, a round molding for the foot rail and another molding for the bar top edge.

For this design, the foot rails are consistently placed and the foot rail needs to fit into the objects. This requires specific placement values. For this object, go to Setup User Graphics – 3dobjects and Edit. Set the reference to the Floor at 0 and check ‘On Wall’ so you won’t be asked for the distance from wall when placed.

Choose Graphics to view the 3d object so certain critical measurements can be taken. For this I need to know the distance to the bottom and edge of the circle bracket because when placing the round foot rail molding these values will be used.

Now when you place the Foot Rail Bracket along the bar layout, they will be on the wall and you just confirm the distance above the floor.

Place all the brackets and then modify each one to finalize the position and rotation. In this case the distance pulled from the wall is 4.375 because I’m allowing for the .75 thick wainscot paneling. (.75 + 4.375 = 5.125, which is the distance measured on the 3d object above).

The Brass Foot Rail 2 molding is applied to the cabinet (wainscot panel). Enter the distance above the floor to match the bracket measurement. Apply it to each wainscot panel. In this case I also selected a brass texture for the molding after placement.

For the counter top bar edge, the molding is assigned to the wainscot also. The preset values for offsets match my typical counter width adjustment for the top level. The molding height above the bottom of the wainscot is derived from the counter top height and the molding thickness.

As you can see, having some values preset will streamline the design process although the values can still be changed along the way for a different layout scenario. This type of bar layout has some standard values that make the preset values useful.

Cabnetware Ultimate, Advanced, Drafter and Design have this capability.

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