05 Nesting Casework Doors – Part 1

The carcass is pretty much created now.

The next thing we need to do is create double doors to sit at the front of the joinery unit.

We’ll use a technique called nesting the family. This means we will create a separate family with the doors modeled inside a separate family, and then we’re going to load the doors family into this joinery unit family.

Nesting allows us to break down complicated geometry into several simple pieces across several files. We can then work on one piece at a time and load it in as we progress with the modelling.

Ok, let’s get started. Go to File and New Family. Find the casework family, not imperial. We want metric.

Select Metric casework, and click Open. Go to file, save as family. Name it Casework Door. Click Save.

Now, we’ll create some simple geometry. Trace the extrusion around the reference planes, making sure to lock the linework. Click the green check mark to approve the changes.

Go to the front elevation, right click, and select zoom to fit.

Extend this up and lock it. We have three parameters in this family by default ——the height, width, and depth.

Let’s go into 3-D and flex it. Set the depth to 20. The height of the door will be 1,800, and the width of the door will be 600. Click OK.

We now have a door panel, which is good.

Save it. Then, in the Modify tab, click load into project. Select the correct project.

When in the plan view, we see this door come in. If we’re in a 3-D view the door might not come in.

What’s happened is the door is actually loaded inside the project browser. Expand the families inside the project browser. Expand the casework section. We have our casework door family and our casework door. Now we just need to drag the door onto the view.

05 Nesting Casework Doors – Part 1

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