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Cabinet with top rails instead of a normal top panel
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You should know you have 3 solutions to do this structure!
  • With assembly

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  • With surface split (my favorite for managed edges, and don't forget to change the centred panel to Nil)

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  • And inner tooling (Not recommended for this use, inner tooling isn't a parametric solution) 

After make your choice (Surface split for examplewink)

Add structure to Library

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Now go to Sub-method Materials style and add this structure on the Top!

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Then add this Materials style into manufacturing Methods

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after these steps you should have this permanently when selecting manufacturing methods

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Hope that's helpful!


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With new updates came nice feature that you can use panels as structure rails.

Make a new assembly, add uprights as fixed width rails for your top using panels not bars. Exit assembly, make unnecessary panels to nil. Save structure and add that to your manufacturing method material style. This way the part eg top will always be 2,3 or whatever qty of rails. Be sure to make a new fitting link to that.

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I found an interesting video in the "Panel design" - "Example" section called "Top Rails". At minute 4:59 there is a method on how to keep the top rails of fixed width using the "Inner tooling" instead of "Surface split".

I applied that method on my base cabinet but as results the "print preview" doesn't shows any tooling that is supposed to be there (dowel holes). I can see them in the 3D preview, in the exploded view, but nothing is displayed in the drawing of the top "rails" on the drawing output.

I am only able to get a correct drawing (print preview) reverting back the top rails as obtained with the "surface split" method.

Could you please confirm the behaviour or suggest the right configuration to have the tooling in shapes obtained with the suggested method ?

Thanks, Maurizio   

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