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Introduction to InteriorCAD XS

InteriorCAD XS is a plug-in for Vectorworks. In fact, it is a suite of plug-in tools. It does not come as a standard installation; it is something that you have to purchase in addition to Vectorworks.

Vectorworks 2017 has a new Custom Cabinet tool that is a derivative of InteriorCAD. Interior CAD comes in two suites: InteriorCAD XS, which we will be looking at, and the fuller, more complex version for kitchen manufacturing, which is called InteriorCAD. In this manual, we will only be looking at InteriorCAD XS.

Vectorworks comes with basic cabinets and the Custom Cabinet tool mentioned above. These are often enough for some designers. Some designers want to have more flexibility in their ability to design cabinetry. In this case, InteriorCAD XS is a good solution.

Two main InteriorCAD tools come with versions of Vectorworks. There is a Classic Cabinet tool that only works on the Windows version of Vectorworks and the Custom Cabinet tool that will work on both the Macintosh and Windows versions. Classic cabinets cannot be converted to custom cabinets.

In the basic part of this manual, we will look at both the classic and the custom cabinet. We will look at cabinet design and construction as well as the back and plinth (kick). In order to explain how to design cabinets, we will create a series of kitchen cabinets using the Classic Cabinet tool and then the Custom Cabinet tool.

In the intermediate part of this manual, we will look at the construction, materials, and textures for both the classic and custom cabinets.

Classic Cabinet

The cabinet 3D object is often referred to as the Custom Cabinet. It uses a similar principle to the classic cabinet, but, instead of calling the divisions horizontal and vertical, they are known as boxes (horizontal) and columns (vertical).

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Custom Cabinet

The cabinet 3D object is often referred to as the Custom Cabinet. It uses a similar principle to the classic cabinet, but, instead of calling the divisions horizontal and vertical, they are known as boxes (horizontal) and columns (vertical).

Creating A Wine Rack

This exercise is to show you how to use the horizontal and vertical divisions to create an outcome such as, in this case, a wine rack.

Interactive workshop

This movie is the online interactive workshop covering this article

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Updated on February 7, 2019

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