For woodworkers who design and fabricate their cabinets on the CNC, visualizing the final product is a crucial part of the design-for-manufacturing process. With CABINET VISION, our custom closet and custom cabinet design software, designers can effortlessly add textures to their projects, bringing them to life in vivid detail.
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G’day, it’s Clayton from Planit Canada here. Today we’re going to talk about how we can add or import a texture into our CABINET VISION, which is super handy to do because when we are drawing up our jobs and maybe we’re rendering them in 3D, it’s fantastic to see all of the colours, all of the materials, how they would work together in a real-world setting. And it really helps us bring our projects to life when we can see those textures on those parts.
So, it’s super easy to do, its very simple: if we want to import a texture, we go to our material manager and then from the material manager you can see we have the texture manager at the top. We click on him. From there we can, to the left-hand side, create a range, sort all of our textures according to the different folders where we might want to store them.
For me, I’ve created this test folder here. If I want to create a new folder, I could just click on it there and rename it however I see fit. But with this test folder, once I’ve got him highlighted in grey, I can then click on the import image to import an image into that folder, and then I want to click on the “Load an image from a file” button.
So, I’ll click on that and then I can just find where I’ve stored my texture. And, theoretically, you could have as many different textures stored in that folder for your reference for importing all at once in CABINET VISION. If I switch to the jpeg view, I can see the lime green jpeg that I have saved and that I would like to import into Cabinet Vision.
So, I can click on him and open and voila! We can see I’ve got my bright green texture ready to go.
So, in the name and the description, I can add some of the features that I might want to reference in the program. The name could just be the name of the texture. It could just be…perhaps the code of the material that is easy for us to find. And the description, maybe that could be the code there too, or perhaps we might want to use, say, by example, the name of the vendor. Because both of these fields–the name and the description–we can search up here on the left so that we can find them easier when we are associating these textures with our materials.
So now I’ve got the name and the description set. You can see there are also two options here that I don’t have to tick — but if I did want to…the tile option, if it’s enabled, it will ask CABINET VISION to continually repeat the texture according to the specified world size.
So, if I click on him there — Now, I could create the world size, the world width, the world height, so that when that size is met, it begins to repeat the pattern.
If I don’t have that ticked, it will just be grayed out.
The decal, if I enable decal, it will instruct CABINET VISION to blend the finish with the texture.
But I don’t have to have them ticked. I could leave them like that. And then I can click on OK and my texture is imported, ready to be associated with the material.
With the lime green there, I could also toggle between a list view, so maybe now if I had multiple different textures in this folder, I could sort between them using the different columns and change the order they appear in. And if I wanted to search for a material, it’s here where I could search the lime green and find what I’ve added.
So now, if I click close and I…under my test…maybe I could change him to be a lime green MDF.
I could click twice on my material and now it’s here under the texture. I could change that texture to reflect the lime green that I have just added like so.
And there you go, it’s as easy as that.
Texture plays an important role, as CABINET VISION uses a “visual” cut list. What you see is what you get. If a Material in a Job is the wrong Material, you’ll notice it right away as it will have the wrong texture.
Where is the Texture Manager?
The Texture Manager can be found in the Material Manager of CABINET VISION. This is where users can import or create their own textures seamlessly, as well as create designated folders to ensure a smooth workflow.
By creating a designated folder, you can import all your favorite textures, allowing for quick and easy access when the creative moment strikes.
CABINET VISION can import two types of images: Bitmap (.bmp) and Jpeg (.jpg or .jpeg). Once the texture is imported, the name and description fields become handy as they allow for easy categorization for your future reference. Whether it’s a material code, vendor name, or any other identifier, the flexibility provided ensures a user-friendly experience.
Optional Enhancements for Precision
Two optional features – tile and decal – add an extra layer of precision to your designs. The tile feature ensures a consistent pattern across specified world sizes, while the decal option blends finishes seamlessly with the texture.
Associating Textures with Materials: The Finishing Touch
When your texture is ready, it’s time to associate it with the right material. A simple toggle between list views provides a quick overview of available textures in a folder.
The search function further streamlines the process, ensuring that the perfect texture is effortlessly matched with the desired material.
Once the texture is applied, you’ll see your design transformed in real time.
Bringing Designs to Life with Ease
With the Texture Manager’s intuitive interface and quick-click functionality, designers won’t lose any time finalizing their designs before sending them to be cut on the CNC. And production managers and engineers will appreciate how this feature facilitates a seamless design-to-CNC workflow.
Planit Canada is a leading provider of CNC cabinet design software in Canada. Our state-of-the-art cabinet software programs are designed to simplify the work of cabinet manufacturers and designers while increasing their profitability. Our solutions include tried and tested software such as CABINET VISION, ALPHACAM, WEB-CAB and VORTEK Spaces. Contact us for more information on our software solutions for the woodworking industry.