Why do we need padding?

Most modules, elements and components in the EasyKitchen library are indented from the outer dimension to the inner components. These indents are needed and have different purposes:

✔ Indentation in the main modules allows you to scale the modules in depth;

✔ Indentation allows you to create a technical gap behind the bottom row of kitchen cabinets;

✔ Indentation of components allows you to create modules without distortion of geometry and displacement of parts;

✔ Indentation allows you to see the axis of binding modules and library elements.

How to work with indentation front and back in kitchen modules?

When working with modules of kitchen cabinets, the question often arises about the back margin at the bottom row of cabinets. Or rather, how to set it correctly? After all, if you simply change the indent value, then the depth of the module will also change. Let us examine this situation in more detail.

In this case, the back margin is a technical gap, and in the EasyKitchen library the default value is 50mm. But many make another indent from the wall to the cabinets. This is a matter of habit. Therefore, if you use a different size of the technical clearance, then you will need to change the back offset parameter in all modules of the lower row of cabinets and save them back to the library.

Оси привязки на модуле BA

Отступы модуля

This is quite simple, but there is one caveat. By default, all modules in the bottom row of kitchen cabinets have the following values:

- Module depth 650mm;

- Indent in front 100mm;

- Case depth 500mm;

- 50mm rear spacing.

However, you cannot manually set the depth of the case. It is calculated by subtracting the indentation front and back from the total depth of the module.

Thus, if you want to indent the back equal to 60 mm, then you need to change the depth of the module by setting this parameter to 660 mm.

Why not just take and reduce the indentation in the front by making it 90mm?

The answer is simple: the indentation in the front accommodates the front of the cabinets with front hardware. And it’s better not to touch this indent, because there may be a problem with scaling modules using the SketchUp Scale tool. As soon as any of the elements of the module begins to go beyond the overall size of the module, changing the dimensions using the Scale tool leads to erroneous results. For example, you decided to increase the depth of the cabinet and stretched it to a depth of 800mm. But in fact, it turned out not 800mm, but 764.706mm. In such a situation, only hard setting of the depth parameter in the Component Parameters window will help.

How to properly indent in module components?

If there is a need to add a new component to the finished module (for example, a transverse strut for structural rigidity) and you plan to use this module in the future, it will not be right to simply remove the finished rack from the library and insert it inside the component, fitting it to the desired size. With a subsequent change in the dimensions of the module, this rack will either shift or will incorrectly change its size. To prevent this from happening, two conditions must be fulfilled: correctly set the point of the component axes and its indents. There are some simple rules here:

 The axis point (component reference point) must always be located either at any of the outermost corners of the module, or clearly centered between the outermost corners of the module. Then the added component will not shift when the dimensions of the module are changed.

Indentation of the component should be prescribed so that the total size of the component, taking into account the indentation, is equal to the corresponding size of the module. Then the component geometry will not deform.

If, when changing the dimensions of the module, it is required that the component embedded in it does not change a certain size, then it should be fixed. Each component in the parameters window has an item that allows you to fix the desired size.

If in the "Layers" window, in the Tray panel (Tray by default in the Russian version), check the box "Dimension frame", enable the outline frame of all components included in the module. This allows you to understand how the indentation is created and configure the new module component correctly.

Отступы компонента модуля

Indentation in other library items

There are indentations in other elements of the EasyKitchen library. They are designed for ease of positioning. For example, back margins are for profile modules for backlighting. At a distance of 160 mm from the center of the profile, the binding axes are located, with the help of which it is very convenient to position the profile directly in the center of the wall cabinets. It is especially convenient in this way to clearly fall into the groove for the mortise profile. Are you used to setting the profile off-center? Change the back margin to the desired one, save the component with the right mouse button and continue to work without the need to climb into the component parameters every time.

The same story with countertops, ledges and other essential attributes of kitchen furniture. There, the indents are configured so that everything immediately falls into place.

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