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polyboard is helping me win jobs
June 25, 2014
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Thanks Ness…..I had never seen that video and will come in useful in future. Fortunately on this occasion it wasn’t essential as I 

wasn’t building anything into the actual slope just below it! but that video is bookmarked for future representations. 

I am finding that I am attracting a slightly higher end customer now…….and winning jobs. I don’t offer plans as part of the quote (they can have plans after a booking) but I’ve realised that dropping in a few images shows the clients what they will eventually get and seems to have swung a few jobs my way.

Cheers

 

terry

June 25, 2014
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Hi Terry,

Great to hear that your investment in the software and learning it is starting to pay off.

Thanks also for sharing your projects, photos and images very nice.

Of course,  no problem in helping out with the design of future projects.

I’ve found myself that one of the most profitable features of Polyboard and StairDesigner is the quick 3D presentations.

I used the free versions for years just for 3D presentations that I sent with my offers to clients and it certainly made a instant difference in the number and the quality of the orders that I was able to conclude.

For sloping cabinets have you looked at this video?

I use ProgeCad and SketchUp with Polyboard but you can just as well use Draftsight.

This video on making a cabinet under stairs also shows how to set up sloping cabinets.

These programs are great for quick 3D presentation but when you get all the manufacturing documents at the same time everything goes to a completely different level of efficiency !

Keep up the good work.

All the best,

Ness

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June 25, 2014
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Thanks Stefan and Jim for positive feedback.

Stefan I will certainly upload photos of work on completion and hope to also upload polyboard project files with that. This can help others see what is possible. 

Jim I am using cutting lists now and (although I still check them by drawing my own diagrams on a dry wipe board) they are correct or have been for me. The essential thing with polyboard is that it will ALWAYS calculate correct cutting lists dependent on the information that WE have provided it. That information is obviously critical I.E…….sometimes I forget to change a back panel from 18mm to 12mm etc as Ive yet to go through the whole process of setting up all the different stuff with libraries. The Libraries and methods and sub methods is where the sophistication of the software comes into play. Sometimes it can feel as if its TOO sophisticated but as we learn to use the more powerful features we will realise that they are there for a reason.

Ness has delved into the libraries/ methods and sub methods to some degree but I think he is working on some more explanation and help.

Best of luck both of you.

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June 25, 2014
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Hi Terry,

Thanks for sharing how things are going. Really glad to hear Polyboard is helping you get new clients. Anything we can do to help further, just let us know.

Any photos of how the jobs go would be great to see as well!

All the best, Stefan

June 25, 2014
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Nice one Terry thats good to hear!

 

I’m starting to adapt my way of working too and am finding that clients are impressed with the 3d representations as many have trouble imagining things from plans or elevations.

I am yet to do a full cutting list from a polyboard model but when I do that will fully make the difference in efficency. 

Looking forward to seeing more of this project, esp if you take pics of the construction and fitting.

 

Cheers Jim

June 25, 2014
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Ness

Really pleased with the development on this site. Ive been slowly learning more and more via the videos and putting things into practice in real life. Im not using the software to ‘full’ potential yet but I’m getting there.

As some positive feedback I’ve just had 9K worth of fitted furniture (on two separate jobs) of work accepted and I really feel that being able to display things to the customers is really helping to secure work over the competition. 

I have promised detailed plans on both these jobs and (particularly with wardrobe drawer and bookcase work) I may be looking for a bit of extra help……..be it learning how to use polyboard better to display dimensions or indeed to learn a bit of sketchup and using the dxf export service that polyboard offers.

I just wanted to let you know that things are moving on nicely……and thanks for all the previous help. Ive dropped a couple of images of things I’ve been designing……just a small part of some work in a loft with sloping ceilings….(i couldn’t work out how to display the slope sorry) but you get the idea. There are wardrobes to do on the other side of the room and a vanity unit.I’d like to improve my presentation etc but its a good start and the customers are clearly impressed.

 

bestTerry

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