Library Basics

In this video:

1. What is EasyKitchen?

2. How to work with this library?

3. The basic parameters of the modules.

4. Parameters of internal components.

5. Dynamic functions.

6. Hot-swappable facades and fittings.

7. We are building a simple kitchen.

8. We make a report.

Helpful information

Before you start working with the library, read the following articles:

Navigation

All navigation through sets and their folders occurs through the "Tray" ("Tray"), in the "Components" tab.


The picture on the right shows the folder structure of this library. For example, in order to start assembling a kitchen set, go to the "Lower Cabinets" folder, select the desired type of cabinet and simply pull it out onto the work area of ​​the program. You can simply drag and drop with the mouse, or you can with two clicks - the first click takes the component, and the second puts the component at the point where you hovered the mouse.


To exit this folder, click on the "Back" arrow at the bottom of the bookmark. If you need to return to it, click the "Forward" arrow. That's all the navigation.

Module management

You can move, twist and resize the components that you get from the library using the standard functionality of the SketchUp program.


But modifications with module geometry are performed by entering data into the "Component Parameters" window. You can call this window using the corresponding button in the "Dynamic Components" toolbar.

When you click on this button, a new window appears that contains all the basic parameters of this module. Parameters can be different in different modules. The window looks like this:

Helpful information

You can find a detailed description of the parameters for each module in the "Documentation" section.

Module parameters

Parameters can be editable (you can enter your data or select from a list) and information (display information that cannot be edited).


After entering the parameters, click the button at the bottom of this window "Send Request". The module will immediately be changed in accordance with the specified parameters.


These parameters apply to all components embedded in the module. But what to do if you need to edit, for example, only one rack of a cabinet, and not just two? You just need to go inside the module by double-clicking the left mouse button and select the component that you want to edit. All components embedded in the module have their own parameters. They also appear in the Component Settings window. So, for example, the parameters window of the same rack looks like (picture on the right).

Here you can configure the parameters of this particular rack. Change indentation, mark the edge roll, add or remove grooves for the GOLA profile, and much more.


Pay attention to the asterisk (*) for some parameter names. It indicates the presence of communication with the main parameters of the module or other parameters of the component. If you change this parameter, the connection disappears. There is nothing to worry about. Nested components have to be edited very often. Thus, greater flexibility of the module is achieved. The main thing to remember about this aspect is that if you later decide to change the parameter of the module that used to be connected with this component, everything except the parameter of this component will change.


If you want to restore communication with the internal components of the module, you will need to remove a new module from the library. In it, all communications will be restored.


Some modifications to the module are made only by editing the parameters of internal components. For example, the positioning of the handle on the facade can only be set using the parameters of the facade component embedded inside the module.

Layers

In the SketchUp Default Tray panel, there is a Layers tab (picture on the left).


Here you can select the layers that should be displayed or hidden in your project. For example, Snap Axes is a very convenient feature for quickly positioning kitchen modules. But on the finished project, they will only spoil the general view, so later they can be hidden by simply unchecking the corresponding item in this tab.


In the same way, you can hide other components of the modules. If you need to show the customer the internal content of the cabinets, just uncheck the “Facades” item. All facades will disappear, exposing the interior of the cabinets.

Hot swappable components

In almost all modules have internal components that can be replaced by "on hot". That is, remove the old one and put in its place a new component. Basically, these are facades and front fittings.


Replace the components as follows: Go inside the module (keep the component parameters window open at the same time). Then we go inside the required component of the module until the inscription "✅ Hot swap function is available" appears in the parameter window. This is how it looks:

Now simply remove this component with the Delete button on the keyboard. Next, we look in the tray for the component that we want to replace the old one and simply pull it out of the library to the place of the previous one. The new component should exactly fall into place of the previous one and fit into its dimensions. If this does not happen, simply move the new component to either side once with the standard SketchUp tool "Move". The second option is to right-click on the new component, select "Dynamic Components" -> "Redraw". If even after these actions the component is not positioned correctly, then most likely you are not inserting it instead of the component that supports hot swapping.


There are add-ons to the EasyKitchen library, which can be purchased separately. They contain various types of facades and a wide variety of front fittings. All of them are created especially for this library and support hot swapping.

Texturing Modules

In order for the names of the materials in which the library modules were painted to be correctly displayed in the report, each component must be textured. To do this, go inside the module once by double-clicking the left mouse button and color each internal component separately.

Important!

In the parameters of the internal components of the module, the name of the texture in the "Material" parameter is not displayed immediately after texturing. Do not pay attention to it. The report plugin will take into account the material into which the component is painted anyway. If you still want to see the name of the texture, just update the component by right-clicking on it and selecting "Dynamic Components" -> "Redraw".

Report Generation

After your project is completely ready, save it. Then select all the modules that should go into the report. Next, click on the plugin button:

After a couple of seconds, a message appears stating that the report was created and saved in the folder with your project. The next step is to open the Excel file "RedCut", which comes with the library and in the "Download" tab, click on the "Open file" button:

We find the file of the previously saved report and load it into Excel. Everything is ready. In the following tabs, all information on the project is displayed - detailing with an indication of the edge and estimate. In the "Price" tab you can add new positions, both by materials and accessories.

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