As the leading screen-to-machine software for the woodworking industry, Cabinet Vision by Planit is increasingly in high demand not only from commercial cabinetry specialists but from educational institutions preparing their students for careers in cabinet making.
The Australian Technical College Eastern Melbourne is one such institution. Based in Ringwood and Ferntree Gully and with a new Ringwood Centre opened by Prime Minister John Howard on August 31 2007, the College accepts students for trade training as part of School-based Trade Apprenticeships in cabinet making.
Using state of the art equipment and world class training facilities, the College plays a key role in a new Australian Government initiative to address skills needs in industry, delivering Australian School-based Apprenticeships in combination with either VCE/VCAL Year 11/12 Certificates.
The Australian Technical College Eastern Melbourne curricular is industry led and driven by industry needs. The college is a partnership between schools, industry, community and government.
According to Steve McGuire, the college’s cabinet making trainer, the college “bridges the skills gap by teaching apprentices good work habits (including Heath and Safety and clean work practices), business skills and modern cabinet making techniques associated with the bathroom and kitchen making industries.”
Having run his own small business manufacturing cabinets and furniture related products for commercial and domestic clients, McGuire is passionate about producing cabinetry that draws on innovative design and materials.
Cabinet Vision was the obvious software to train students learning to build and assemble cabinets for home interior retailers and private clients, he said.
“We’re using Cabinet Vision at the Australian Technical College Eastern Melbourne to increase our apprentices’ cabinet making skills and give them an understanding of computer aided design (CAD),” said McGuire.
“Because Cabinet Vision is user-friendly, it’s very easy to teach and it also integrates fully with the whole manufacturing process.
“With Cabinet Vision software it’s possible to draw up a kitchen, add detailing and send the drawings to the factory floor, all as part of one seamless process.
“The interface offers the added advantage of allowing cabinet makers or in our case students, to show the client the design before proceeding to the final stages.”
The College installed Cabinet Vision in April this year, prompted by the software’s market-leader status and screen to machine interface, McGuire added. However, another clear point of difference, according to Mcguire was “parent company Planit’s service and support guarantee”.
“Planit are very reliable when it comes to providing support and solutions quickly. The fact that they provide an online help facility that links seamlessly with the College’s computers really sets them apart.”
Engineered wholly and solely for the woodworking industry, Cabinet Vision is a screen-to-machine software. For those workshops automating their businesses with CNC equipment, Cabinet Vision is fully integrated with the Planit CNC centre, therefore providing a complete screen-to-machine solution and confirms all parts and part operations before sending data to the factory.
Cabinet Vision is easy to set-up for the building of cabinets using favourite joinery techniques. Based on a simple wizard, it allows the creation of unlimited set-ups, mixes various settings per job and changes from one style to another instantly and allows saving of the construction methods for use over and over again.
An operator can customise cabinet sizes, shape, or any construction to suit the customer's needs. Colours and textures can be selected for the whole room or for individual cabinets and parts. Lighting and reflections can be controlled to bring these designs to life well before any manufacturing has begun.
Unlimited detailing includes the following:
- users can configure openings and interior parts
- placement of shelves, dividers, trays, and subassemblies
- control of door reveals, styles, guides and other options per opening
- materials can be changed per job, per room, per cabinet, or per part for complete control
- cabinet shapes can be edited in plan view, elevation view or side view
- prints are made for colour or detailed line drawings
- instant change is facilitated between various construction settings
- parts in part operations change instantly