I've been using AutoCad to help design furniture, but it leaves a lot
to be desired. ProLignum 3D looks like just the ticket, but the price
of the ticket is $9,000. What else is out there? Is there anything
cheaper that outputs parts lists (that's the main feature I want).
Are there any AutoCad extensions that do that sort of thing?
Check out www.eCabinetSystems.com
The software is geared toward cabinet makers, but, supposedly you can design
other types of furniture also.
I'm currently using it for a kitchen cabinet project and so far - so good.
It generates cut & buy lists for you as well as displaying your work in 3D.
Does 3D Studio Max do any or all of this?
Output a parts list - a list of all individual objects with their
If you modify a component, all linked components are made aware of the
changes and adapt in a fully parametric fashion. For example, if a
divider is shifted in an existing bookshelf, the logical links
automatically change the dimensions and position of the shelves and
other pieces associated with the divider.
Query a model for components based on any criteria. For example, you
can find all walls with a thickness of 1/2" or all maple doors or all
Produce automatic module information with the structure objects e.g.
cabinets, doors or drawers. It is also possible to combine individual
components into modules. Therefore, whole modules or individual
components e.g. edges, veneer, lacquer, material, etc. can be
outputted with the drawing.
Parts labeling feature will give you an exploded & labeled drawing
with one simple command.
Create complex parts/modules parametrically. For example, a 'create
frame-and-panel door' command, which lets me input the overall
dimensions and the rail and stile widths. For the parts list it then
spits out dimensions for 'Door1 Rails', 'Door1 Stiles' and 'Door1
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