Methods overview

An overview of Polyboard’s Manufacturing methods and sub-methods.

They allow you to define a huge range of design specifications, including: hardware type and position; carcass construction; panel joints; how drawers and shelves are assembled; and which materials and edging are applied.

This must watch video shows you how easy this makes it is to update every aspect of your projects with the click of a mouse. It’s the key to using this furniture design software to its full potential.

There are 3 ways to build your projects in Polyboard.

Panel by panel

First of all, you can apply all your specifications part by part, one at a time.

So that would include defining the material you want, the hardware, edging, how the panels join together and lots more. Then if you want to make a change, you can go back in and edit each part in turn again.

However, the real power of Polyboard is not in part by part construction like this but in the use of manufacturing methods and sub-methods.

We’ll give you an overview of the concept here, please see our other videos for details.

First of all, let’s look at the first way of working, panel by panel, and make a change to a single part of a cabinet.

Let’s set back an individual shelf by 100mm.

First we select the shelf, go into the links section of the properties menu and recess the shelf 100mm from the front.

You can see that single shelf has move back.

Manufacturing sub-methods

Really we don’t want to change all the shelves one at a time, it’s too slow and error prone, it’s easy to forget one or type in the recess incorrectly.

So, instead of that, let’s try Polyboard’s 2nd way of working, and go into the Divisions sub-method which relates to shelves and uprights.

This shows a set of pre configured options for our divisions.

The one this model is using is highlighted in blue.

All the rules that relate to it are shown.

There’s lots of flexibility in how to set things up, but we can see the one we want here, mobile shelves and their link to the front of the cabinet.

Select that one, and change the recess to 100mm.

Click ok, and now we can see that all the mobile shelves have been moved back by this amount.

This is much quicker and 100% accurate as compared with setting things up part by part.

Now let’s do something similar with hardware.

First let’s view the model in x-ray/wireframe view.

And zoom in to see the current hardware set up, which is Hettich Rafix VB36 nesting hardware.

Let’s change this using the hardware sub-method.

Click on the Fittings Links sub-method, that’s our hardware method which references a specific range of hardware direct from our hardware library.

Let’s use an edge drilling mini fix dowel set up.

Click ok and we can see that applied.

Again, because we’re using a method the hardware for the whole model has been updated.

Other commonly used sub-methods are shown on the toolbar, including:

  • Boxful which defines how our carcass is set up, for example which panels overpass and underpass, if the back is recessed and so on.
  • Materials to define which materials to use where and when, all referencing materials from our Materials library.
  • How to apply our edging, again pulling specific edging materials from the Edging library.
  • And how to set up our door and drawers.

For the full list of sub-methods, click on libraries and sub-methods in the top menu.

There are some more specialist methods there as well.

They are all very flexible in allowing you to define a whole range of parameters for each so you can set things up exactly how you want.

So we’ve discussed adding specifications to a single part, and also now seen how to apply a sub-method to your whole project.

Manufacturing methods

Things become even more efficient when we bring in our 3rd way of working…the idea of Manufacturing methods.

A Manufacturing method is an assembly of specific sub-methods that we want to use in combination.

We can click on the Manufacturing methods icon to view a list of manufacturing methods, doing that now you can see how it is simply a group of sub-methods.

So out of all the hardware sub-methods, we’ve chosen just one for this Manufacturing method.

And the same for the Material Style sub-method and so on.

The recommended way to work is to start a project by applying your preferred Manufacturing method for the circumstances. Then later you can change individual sub-methods if needed, say if you wanted to use a different hardware on this specific occasion.

We’ll apply a manufacturing method now (q//H001/k-50/grv-10).

You can see lots of different new sub-methods have been applied, for example a new Materials sub-method with new materials, the Divisions method is new and we can see our shelves are now flush to the front, and our boxful method is new because the back is now recessed.

As you can see, the Quick Design libraries and methods are already very well stocked ready to use, but you can still customise everything, duplicate and editing what is already there is a quick way to do this, and we offer a range of services and support to help you if needed.

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