Designed for the small to mid-sized shop or the home cabinetmaker, CabWriter is an affordable, fully featured custom cabinet design program implemented as an extension to Trimble’s SketchUp drawing environment. In this hands on class, we’ll deeply dive into the CabWriter environment by drawing a full kitchen from beginning to end with a wide variety of cabinets and construction methods.
On Day 1, we’ll cover how to install CabWriter and do the initial setup, discuss parameters and how to optimize them for your construction method, show you how to use CabWriter to draw cabinets, and cover other basic CabWriter functions such as Story Stick operation, cabinet types, editing cabinets, and creating a cutlist.
On Day 2, we’ll get into more advanced functions such as creating shop drawings, including automatic LayOut drawing creation and hatching, advanced carcass construction techniques, divided cabinets, door and drawer insertion tool, back panel tool, creating custom parts and modifying existing parts, CNC setup, and DXF export, plus much more.
This is a hands-on class, so students must have both SketchUp and CabWriter 2 (licensed or free trial) installed on their computer prior to class. Students who don’t have a CabWriter Pro or CNC or an active Free Trial will be given a temporary license good for the duration of the class. If you don’t own SketchUp Pro 2017 or 2018, you should at least get a 30 day free trial to take full advantage of the class.
Many of the exercises will not work on SketchUp Make. In order to practice the automatic SketchUp to LayOut functions, you will need SketchUp Pro 2018.
Cost: $280 (includes materials)
Meeting Times: One Monday and Tuesday: 8 am – 4:30 pm.
Prerequisite: Must have good basic computer navigation and operating skills and have a good working knowledge of SketchUp. See the Cabwriter SketchUp training page or sign up for Intro to SketchUp held just before this class.
Please Bring: Participants must bring their own laptop (PC or Mac) to class with Sketchup Make or Pro 2017 or above and CabWriter 2 pre-installed in order to practice the exercises. Help provided in class with installation issues.
Instructors: Greg Larson and Joe Zeh