Using Polyboard with Other Software

How to enhance Polyboard's features by importing DXF files from a CAD package, or exporting to the same.

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Stair Cupboard using StairDesigner, Polyboard and SketchUp

Design the stair in StairDesigner, modify it slightly in SketchUp and extract the dimensions for the cupboard which is then designed in Polyboard. You can go back to SketchUp at the end to present the completed project.

DXF Import of Furniture, Walls and Floors

How to use the DXF import functions of Polyboard to design a curved reception desk fitting a curved wall.

Polyboard to SketchUp using 3D DXF Files

The basics of importing your Polyboard designs into SketchUp as 3D DXF files. Once imported into this 3D drawing tool, you can add dimensions, design details and project presentation enhancements. Don't forget, Premium Support users have access to our 3D DXF output service.

Add Detailing in SketchUp

When it comes to modelling specific details like framing and mouldings, especially in solid wood construction, it can be useful to add elements using a CAD programme. The CAD programme you use for 3D modelling will depend on the result you need and the time you have to model. It’s possible to use a programme like AutoCAD or progeCAD but you might find that it can be too long and tedious to model in 3D.

Another tool that is designed specifically for quick 3D modelling is SketchUp. It is a fantastic easy to use 3D modeller that has the advantage of being free. You can load Polyboard DXF models into SketchUp and add unlimited details in 3D and quickly build very nice 3D presentations.

The door in this video is drawn with mouldings and a raised panel using the 4 SketchUp commands: push pull; move; arc; and offset. This makes 3D modelling easy and very fast.

Sloped Wardrobe in Loft

The main challenge here is to design a wardrobe to fit within the sloping ceiling of a loft room. Once complete, find out how to export it into a CAD programme, then into SketchUp to create a great presentation of the project.

Wine Rack using Imported Inner Tooling

Here we use a CAD package to create a complex inner tooling shape that will serve for the wine shelving cut outs in our cabinet. We use AutoCAD here but other free CAD packages work just as well. Once our polyline is complete, we save it as a DXF file and import it into Polyboard's Closed Curves library. Once there, we can apply it via the Structures Inner Tooling feature to a panel and create our wine rack.