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  1. When I move two pass throughs into a corner to try and get a corner cutout, I am left with a post of some kind in the corner where the two windows meet.  Is there way to get rid of this or make it not visible?  I'm not sure if it is framing or part of the window pass throughs? 


    or just a better way to do this?




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  2. ah, that does work.  That is interesting.  Something doesn't seem to be working correctly though since the system knows I have resized the door via the dialog box and changes the 2D block and moves out the hardware.  But keeps the door at its imported depth in the 3D view.  That cannot be the way it is supposed to work.  Your workaround is effective, I can use that in this job. 


    Thanks for the help!

  3. I would like to show a cabinet door with 1" thickness vs the normal 3/4".  I have a door symbol that I made custom that is 1" thick.  When applied, it only shows the thickness increase in the 2d block, 3d remains 3/4".  I made the door extra thick and can see that the hardware moves out, but door still shows the same thickness in 3D.  I have tried changing everything I can think of that this point with no luck.  Am I missing a setting or is this not working correctly?  or is it not possible? 


    I can change the Y position of the door and push it out away from the box, but thickness remains at 3/4".


    Tried in X15 and X14, same result.


    Thanks, Mike

  4. @MarkMc This worked really well for what I needed, thank you!  I did not realize a solid could be exploded to allow for material painting on one surface only, I just haven't used chief for too many custom pieces since I'm used to SketchUp.  I ended up making a panel, positioning it into a custom door frame, then converting it a door symbol for use in the job.


    I used a different wire mesh, a more rectangle shaped one that more closely matched what the client was looking for.  It was the square mesh found in my bonus catalog.  


    Any idea how to make wire materials like that, ones that have no background between the mesh and scale infinitely?  I assume that takes skill in another program.


    Any idea where to find more pre-made wire pattern materials like that?  I'd like to build a library of different wire panels I can pull from when needed.

  5. This sounds like a really good idea, the image looks nice!  I am looking forward to digging into this later.  Sometimes my brain loses the ability to think outside the box.


    Thank you for your time on this, I'll let you know how I make out.  I really don't think I should delete this post now.  Maybe a Moderator can move it if they are so inclined?  

  6. Thanks for the help!  I was not aware of that material.  It is a pretty thick metal though, not exactly the look I want, but it might be good enough for now.  Seems like a difficult material to make for those of us not expert in that area.


    I have been asked to delete this post since I guess it is the wrong forum, I thought material related questions would go here, my mistake.  Is there a way to move it with the replies?  or just delete it?



  7. The owner has been doing hand drawn floor plans for 40 years and I think just always rotated the paper plan to orient the label to face the front of the cabinet.  So that's where it comes from.  The plans are generally sent to the client in PDF these days, but he always prints them to use at in person meetings so I produce for him what he is used to and basically whatever he wants.  The other designers are his kids and so they do they same thing.  Its not always great to look at on a screen but it works on paper where you can quickly and easily orient it to your liking.  In the end I mainly duplicate what they draw by hand for the floor plan, they get exactly what they are used to seeing and they are happy.  It makes no difference to me what they prefer for details.

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  8. I realize there is a grab handle and a place to type in the rotation angle but if you try it, the label flips back over so that the text is not upside down on the screen.  I want it to be upside down.  Am I crazy or can everyone else but me rotate labels without them flipping back to a different orientation on their own once you reach a certain rotation limit?


    Scott's example shows an up/ down oriented cabinet with right side facing label, that works fine, but it does not represent what I'm trying to do.  Also, if you try and rotate the label 180 degrees from the position Scott has it in, using the grab handle, it will flip back over.  I'll mess with a macro, but I don't think that will override the limitations of the label.


    I'll call chief again to try once more and get an explanation as to why these labels behave the way they do.

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    I need to show labels upside down at times on floor plans, like the one on the right.  The native cabinet label does not allow for this as far as I can tell and I don't know why.  So as a work around I have to make a manual label using text and then place it where I need it.  It would save me a bit of time if I could just rotate the label in any direction like you can with a text box.

    If the cabinet is facing left to right I can do it using a really small angle, but not if the cabinet if facing an up or down direction as shown in the picture.


    why, this is just a preference thing for some designers.

  10. I see that cabinet labels still don't rotate around like a text box for some reason, unless I'm missing a setting?


    I did however figure out that I can essentially rotate a label 180 degrees by changing the angle to .00001 (maybe smaller, haven't tested how far I can go).  If I use 0 or 180, the label faces the same direction.  I don't know why they have they label flip over instead of just rotating 360 degrees like everything else in the program, it appears this is a function of plan rotation or something similar?


    I am happy with the alignment options they added though, that's a time saver.

  11. Is there a way to make a wall cabinet, or any cabinet really, face the floor?  I'm using a cabinet as a wainscot panel which is fine normally, but I need one to face down over a vanity and can't think of a way to rotate it if that's even possible.  


    I know I can convert it to a symbol after I adjust it to be what I need, but then I lose the flexibly to change it like a cabinet.  Not a huge deal but wanted to make sure I wasn't missing anything.