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Hi, I have just migrated over from the the Hometalk forum since upgrading to CA X7 and I need some help with this issue if I may folks.

 

I am designing a custom tv cabinet for a client. Everything is going according to plan except one small yet important detail. I have constructed the unit out of 8 separate mini cabinets in order to achieve the final result. Top row housing all the components are drawers with smoked glass front panels and below each are double drawers with wooden panels. I would like the cabinet to appear as if the entire front (wood ) part is a single piece of wood that has been cut into the different drawers. Like a puzzle so to speak. 

 

Unfortunately no matter what wood finish I apply or how much I tweak the material settings it always applies the changes to each individual drawer. `Any advice ?

 

Many thanks

 

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sounds like you are making the chages in the default material and not just the cabinets you want to change, if that is what you are doing try changing only the ones you want the different material not all of them

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Ray,

 

I think he want's to have it look like it was cut from a single piece of plywood so the grain is continuous rather than each drawer having a separate grain.  The only way I know of doing this is to make the Doors and Drawers a "Transparent" Material and then imposing a single Solid with the desired material just behind the front of the cabinet face.  It's kind of tricky but it will make the grain appear to be continuous.

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Here's what I did:

 

  1. Make the cabinet out of 4 boxes instead of 8...just to simplify things.
  2. Selected my material I wanted to use for the door fronts.
  3. Made the scale of the material to be the width of the cabinet (in my case 96").
  4. Make 4 copies of the material so I now have 4 UNIQUE materials (which is technically all the same material), and assign each unique material to each cabinet door.
  5. Offset each copy the width of each cabinet (in my case 24").

Kind of hard to understand by explaining through text...so maybe I'll make a video sometime.

 

Either way attached is the plan of the cabinet, so feel free and look at it.

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Guys, awesome. Thanks.

 

Tried Joe's technique and it worked pretty well. Jonathan will get into your solution too and see which one performs better in ray trace.

 

Thanks again.

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Not at my computer to test right now, and I have very rarely messed around with it, but is this not a case where global symbol mapping might come into play?

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Never mind, on closer inspection with a wilder wood it is not working

 

yes global symbol mapping and stretch to fit in the material dbx- may want to change the scale of the image or get a bigger one depending on how fussy you want to be. This one is made from a single cabinet that has been split.

 

then again-appears to work with rustic maple- on both single split cabinet or 4 separate ones

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Good idea Jonathan!  I was thinking of something similar but I like your approach better.

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Hi, I have just migrated over from the the Hometalk forum since upgrading to CA X7 and I need some help with this issue if I may folks.

 

I am designing a custom tv cabinet for a client. Everything is going according to plan except one small yet important detail. I have constructed the unit out of 8 separate mini cabinets in order to achieve the final result. Top row housing all the components are drawers with smoked glass front panels and below each are double drawers with wooden panels. I would like the cabinet to appear as if the entire front (wood ) part is a single piece of wood that has been cut into the different drawers. Like a puzzle so to speak. 

 

Unfortunately no matter what wood finish I apply or how much I tweak the material settings it always applies the changes to each individual drawer. `Any advice ?

 

Many thanks

 

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I don't like that "stretch to fit" has to be selected in order for the Global Symbol Mapping to work.  In the end, it doesn't look right because the pattern just repeats and it doesn't give the desired result.

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Thanks so much for the video. Exactly what I was looking for!

 

Very much appreciated :) 

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