Solid Modeling Tools - Custom Products

Solid Modeling Tools - Custom Products

Solid Modeling Tools - Custom Products

Before using the Custom Product Builder, it is important to determine which type of custom product you will be building. There are five options to select from:

  1. Custom Product Starter – This option allows you to create a product from scratch. You will need to add each part of the product and locate the parts using the Custom Tools.
  2. Custom Product From Top Profile – This option allows you to create a product using the top profile of the product.
  3. Custom Product from Side Profile – This option allows you to create a product using the side profile of the product.
  4. Custom Product from Front Profile – This option allows you to create a product using the front profile of the product.
  5. Custom Product from Existing Solids – This option allows you to create a product using existing solids.

Depending on the selection for creating the product, you may need to create your profile drawings first.

When using the Custom Product from the Top Profile option, the following parameters will be displayed.


  1. Product Name – Allows you to enter a name.
  2. Product Type – Allows you to select a different type of custom product builder.
  3. Product Color – Allows you to select a color for the product parts.
  4. Product Material – Allows you to select a material for the product parts.
  5. Product Height – Allows you to enter a value for the product height.
  6. Product Smart Boundary – Allows you to set all the boundary parts inside the boundary lines.
  7. Product Boundary Joint Type – Allows you to select the type of joint to use for the boundary parts. The choices are None, Miter, Dado, Dowel, Butt, or Dado/Dowel.
  8. Product Internal Joint Type – Allows you to select the type of joint to use for the internal parts (shelves, divisions, etc.). The choices are the same as above.
  9. Product Create Bottom – Allows you to select if a bottom will be created for the product.
  10. Product Create Top – Allows you to select if a top will be created for the product.
  11. Product Bottom Joint Type – Allows you to select the type of joint to use for the bottom.
  12. Product Top Joint Type – Allows you to select the type of joint to use for the top.

Additionally, when using the Custom Product from Side Profile option, the following parameters are displayed: Product Width, Product Create Left Side, Product Create Right Side, Product Left Side Joint Type, and Product Right Side Joint Type.

Furthermore, when using the Custom Product from Front Profile option, the following parameters are displayed: Product Depth, Product Create Back, and Product Back Joint Type.

Further modifications can be made to a custom product by using the Custom Tools.


The Custom Products section contains commands that pertain to the product in its entirety.

  1. Edit Product – Allows you to edit the selected product. You can edit the name, add start and end angles, or add horizontal or vertical base point offsets.
  2. Remove Product – Allows you to delete the selected product.
  3. Move Product – Allows you to move the product in the drawing.
  4. New Empty Product – Allows you to add a new product starter.
  5. New Product from Existing Solids – Allows you to add a new product using existing solids.
  6. New Product from Front View – Allows you to add a new product using a front profile.
  7. New Product from Side View – Allows you to add a new product using a side profile.
  8. New Product from Top View – Allows you to add a new product using a top profile.
  9. Unhide Product – Unhides all hidden extruded products.
  10. Hide Product – Hides the selected product.
  11. Solid Model Properties Edit All Builder Properties – Opens the Solid Model Properties interface.

The Parts section contains commands that pertain to the parts.

  1. Edit Part – Allows you to edit the properties for the selected part.
  2. Remove Part – Allows you to delete the selected part.
  3. Move Part – Allows you to move the selected part.
  4. Rotate Part – Allows you to rotate the selected part.
  5. Copy Part Without Machining – Allows you to copy a part without the part’s machining.
  6. Copy Part with Machining – Allows you to copy a part with the part’s machining.
  7. Trim Part – Allows you to shorten a part’s width or length.
  8. Stretch Part – Allows you to lengthen a part’s width or length.
  9. Hide Part – Hides the selected part.

The Joints section contains commands that pertain to the joints at adjacent parts. Selecting parts for joints requires selecting the male and female parts.

  1. Edit Joint – Allows you to edit the properties for the selected joint.
  2. Remove Joint – Allows you to remove a joint from selected parts.
  3. Butt Joint at Intersection – Allows you to add a butt joint to the selected parts.
  4. Dado Joint at Intersection – Allows you to add a dado joint to the selected parts.
  5. Miter Joint at Intersection – Allows you to add a miter joint to the select parts.
  6. Half Lap Joint at Intersection – Allows you to add a half-lap joint to the selected parts.
  7. Place Dowels Joint at Intersection – Allows you to add a dowel joint to the selected parts.
  8. Place Dowels at Dado Joint Intersection – Allows you to add a dado joint with dowels to the selected parts.

The Inserts section contains commands that pertain to adding inserts and other parts.

  1. Edit Insert – Allows you to edit the properties of the selected insert.
  2. Remove Insert – Allows you to delete the selected insert.
  3. Divide Opening – Allows you to divide the width and height of an opening using shelves and divisions.
  4. Place Shelves – Allows you to add shelves to an opening.
  5. Create Filler Panel – Allows you to add a filler panel to the product.
  6. Create Double Doors – Allows you to add double doors to an opening.
  7. Create Single Door – Allows you to add a single door to an opening.
  8. Create Drawer – Allows you to add a drawer to an opening.

Similar to the order of the categories in the tree view, the order of the sections in the extruded tools is organized in a way that when they are followed from top to bottom, the more stable the process will be.

Once a product has been modified and is complete, the product can be saved. In the tree view, if the main Products category is selected, right-clicking will allow you to save all the checked products as one product. By selecting an individual product and right-clicking, you will be allowed to save just the selected product. After choosing to save, you will be prompted to save the drawing before analyzation. Following that, you will be prompted to pick a point in the drawing to place the analyzed product.

When a product has been analyzed and placed, it is recommended to review the product for any part exceptions (parts drawn as blocks), they will be drawn using the color that was specified in the Solid Analyzation tab of the Options. Use Part Properties or Edit Design Data to correct any issues.


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