Panel CutsWin64, English
General Usage Instructions
In order to effectively use the tool, you will need a clean, real scale model, composed of individual objects for each piece of the model. The script can be launched from the button Panel cuts available under Exchange Store Menu. See below screenshot of Exchange Store Menu. If you are unable to find the menu, then please reset the workspace and restart the product.
1. Select the parts (individual objects making a kitchen cabinet, for example) of the model that you want to add the properties that will be used to generate the report. Press the "SELECTION" button to make all the selected objects active in the tool. Alternatively, activate the "Viewport select" toggle button if you want to pick each object alone in the Viewport.
2. Start adding properties. Grain direction will swap the piece height and width, in order to accommodate the cuts to the sheet face texture direction. "Finish" indicates the material color, skin, etc. "Part" can be used as indicative of the piece position/function (i.e. Kitchen Module 1 - Lateral stand). Once you are done, press the "commit" Button. Note: Right-click on "Commit" will apply the properties to the entire objects collection. Values entered in the textboxes will be added to the below list box. Double click on an item in the list box to reutilize it.
3. Navigate through the objects in the collection with the previous ("<<") and next (">>") buttons.
o The tool has a visual feedback, displaying as wireframe the objects in the collection and shading the current active one, also a viewport label shows the selected object dimensions.
o Right click on prev. or next buttons to commit properties.
o Scale units: objects are measured in current Autodesk® 3ds Max®'s active units system and scale. Use the unit’s factor to convert stored dimensions between units. I.e.: If the system scale is configured in centimeters, use a factor of 10.0 and scale up to change the measurements to millimeters.
o Sheet dimensions: Generate a report of how much sheets (or sheet area) the pieces will require. Account for wastage.
5. Save to file. This is the main functionality of this tool. Export a list of the parts to a .csv file. It can be later imported in a Spreadsheet or cut optimization program.
The installer that ran when you downloaded this plug-in from Autodesk App Store has already installed the plug-in. You may need to restart Autodesk® Product to activate the plug-in. To uninstall this plug-in, click Control Panel > Programs > Programs and Features (Windows 7/8/8.1/10) or Control Panel > Add or Remove Programs, and uninstall as you would any other application from your system.
The software is provided "as is", without warranty of any kind, express or implied.
If you have a suggestion, of some feature you would like to see implemented, you can contact the developer at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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