Facade designer

The EasyFacades add-on, in addition to ready-made facades, also contains a facade designer. These are the elements from which you can create new unique facades.

Hierarchy

When you open the folder with the EasyFacades add-on in SketchUp, you will find several subfolders in it. They contain facades ready for use and elements from which a new facade can be assembled. The facade hierarchy extends from the external dimensions of the facade to its center and looks as follows:


Chamfers - various external chamfers around the entire perimeter of the facade;

Frames - frames with various milling on them;

Panel - the panel part of the facade (in fact, the central panel between the frame of the facade, on which the external and internal milling cutters, as well as overlays).

External mill - various types of milling, going after the frames;

Internal mill - various types of milling, going after the external mill;

Lining - the central part of the facade, framed by all other components.

Replace the old facade with a new

To create a new facade, it is better to use some old one on one of the modules of the EasyKitchen library. For example, take the TB1 top wall cabinet. By double-clicking the mouse, we go inside its facade until the inscription “Hot swap function is available” appears in the component’s parameters window. We remove this component and remove any new facade from the EasyFacades collection from the component window.

Changing facade components

The next step is to go inside this facade. Now you can click on its components. You will see that all of them support hot swapping and many of them have their own parameters.


To change, for example, the facade frame, you need to do the same actions as described above: remove the frame component and remove the new one from the "Frames" folder of the EasyFacades add-on.

Facade component options

Almost all components have their own parameters. They are responsible for the flexible adjustment of the appearance of the facade. But it should be remembered that in the parameters of the main facade there are also settings that affect the components. We will call them global parameters.

For example, in the global parameters you can set the width of the external and internal milling, but the depth, indentation in the front and the steps need to be adjusted already in the parameters of the component itself.


This kind of settings is needed in order to be able to control the position of the components. So that they do not scatter along the entire facade, but clearly stand in the places allotted to them.

Features of the components

If the facade goes under the glass, then the linings and internal cutters are hidden, so as not to block the glass. In this case, a hole under the glass forms in the panel.


It should also be noted that some components have a combined form. For example, there are frames combined with chamfers. Their name indicates what components are included in them. This means that when using such a frame, it is not necessary to additionally insert a chamfer into the facade. The frame is already with her. The main thing to remember in this case is to change the width of the chamfer in the facade parameters to zero.

Saving a new facade

After you have created your own unique facade, using the designer, you need to save it.

Before saving, in the global facade parameters you need to give a new name in the form "MDF_New facade", where "New facade" is the name of the facade. Click "Send request".

Now you need to specify the same name in the "Object Data" window in the "Default Tray" panel. You need to enter it in the "Definition" box. This is necessary so that the correct facade name is displayed in the component window.

After that, we right-click on the finished facade (not the components!). Select the item "Save As" and the folder where you want to save the new facade. Everything is ready!

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