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Published new Script: Panel Cuts

Tool for creating panel cuts reports. Useful for furniture or kitchen cabinets design.

Features

  • Material finish, part type, description, grain orientation properties.
  • Sheet use report.
  • Export a .csv file with Part quantity, dimensions, finish, grain direction, part and description values. It can be exported later in spreadsheet or cut optimization software.

Install notes

  1. Copy scripts, usericons and usermacros to 3ds Max user folder. Normally located at: C:\Users\USER_NAME\AppData\Local\Autodesk\3dsMax\20XX – 64bit\ENU.
  2. Restart Max if opened.
  3. Add the macro to a toolbar. It can be found under the category “HAG tools”.

Help / user guide

please visit GitHub page for online documentation.

DesignToolBox v. 2.1 changelog

Tools improvements and fixes

Local reference rotation

  • Added preview of rotation axis
  • Now works properly when working in grid space mode.

reDimension tool

  • Resolved incorrect resizing
  • Now works properly when working in grid space mode.

Reference scale

  • Rewritten functionality, now should work on more situations and produce more correct results.
    • The behavior has changed, it no longer tries to match the first reference direction with the second, now it will match the first reference line length with the second, keeping the first line direction and proportions.

Local isolate

  • Now works with Epoly/Edit mesh selected faces when editing

Offset tool

  • Fixed incorrect undo handling

Angle measure

  • Fixed wrong angular measurements

Divide distance

  • Fixed Orthogonal tracking when working with an active grid

Measure distance

  • Improved orthogonal tracking.
  • Fixed behavior working in grid space.

General improvements and fixes

  • Addressed incompatibility with 3Ds Max versions previous to 2016 (starting from 2014)
  • Changed viewport elements colors, added a dialog to change the colors, including some presets.
  • improved some performance and some general fixes all over the place.

DesignToolBox version 2.0 out soon

Originally started as an incremental version (1.95) intended to fix reported problemas and include some minor requested functionallity, turned out in a major revision. Also, expect some new demostration videos to better understand how the tools work. List of priority fixes and new features: New Tools:
  • unFreeze by selection added.
  • Continued measure distance (chained measure tape).
General Changes:
  • General stability improvements and fixes.
  • Fixed “Lock” tool:
    • Lock Object Scale wasn’t working propperly.
    • Fixed overall behavior when some locks were already been set.
  • reDimension:
    •  Added Orthogonal tracking.
    • Fixed incorrect results in scaled objects.
  • Reference Scale tool:
    • Added keep proportions option.
    • Added Xform modifier mode.
    • Added Orthogonal tracking.
    • Enhaced behavior on certain situations, less incorrect results.
  • Measure Tool: Now the tape is drawed until the next measure.
  • Area measure: Added orthogonal tracking.
  • Divide tool: more responsive segments set.
    • Added keyboard imput mode instead of mouse movement.
    • Added Orthogonal tracking.
  • MultiMap : Previous extra tools (fit, center and reset UVW Gizmo…) can now be used as a separate tool.
  • Move Around: Added clone object option.
  • Improved “put assets in line” with a options dialog.
  • Improved viewports perfomance of refGuides tools.
UI Improvements:
  • Overall Tooltips, information and ease of use tweaks
  • Redesigned “move Around” UI in an attemp to make it more useable and straightfoward.

DesignToolBoox version 1.87

Changelog:
  • Due to problems with the activation on systems with virtual hardware drivers, an option to select device to lock the activation to, has been added.
  • Fixed “Unhide by Selection” tool. Behavior with hidden layers, and hidden objects on hidden layers was not the expected.
  • Fixed error when installing refGuides for the first time or on a fresh 3ds Max installation.
  • Some other minor bugfixes.
  • Added new Extras: “Put Assets in line”: Aligns selected objects in a row. Useful for when you need to populate objects on a scene, for easy find and pick them.

DesignToolBox version 1.86

  • Fixed an error when pressing ESCAPE usign Replicator/Eyedropper tools.
  • User request feature: Added Orthogonal mode to Measure distance tool:
    • Pressing SHIFT when tracking distance wil restrict to XYZ axes, on current active grid coordinates.
    • Pressing CONTROL on Orthogonal mode will lock the tracking to the current axis

DesignToolBox version 1.85 release

Version notes:

  • New modify Tool:  2-point planar rotation (in local coordinates): DesignToolBox – 2point local rotation
  • New convenient Tool : Unhide by selection.
  • New Tool category: Eyedropper.
    • Includes: Replicator: in-viewport (pick and point) object replacer and instancer
    • Eyedropper: in-viewport (pick and point) mass copier (transformation, material, general properties, mapping, odifiers….)
  • Tool speed improvements:
    • Measure Area should work more fast.
    • Rework done to Paneling tool. Fixed thicknes parameter, better Obj mode.
    • Paneling Detailer: Now it can be launch as a separate tool. Objects selection fixed, and added more mirror options (by numer list).
  • UI changes:
    • More complete Tooltips in Toolbars, Added tooltips in Ribbon and tools w/UI.
    • Some rework in Ribbon layout.
    • Added intersection mode (all guides or current) toggle command.
    • Reworked broken refGuides floater UI, fixed bugs and cosmetic changes.
    • Added a floater UI for the ToolBox.
    • Added a floater UI for the rest of the tools.
    • Some other small cosmetic changes (Icons, Paneling tool, in-viewport information improved to facilitate reading)
  • General bugfixes and stability improvments

DesignToolBox development

2-Point Local Rotation

Works like the reference rotation tool, but instead of picking a rotation axis, it uses the object’s local XYZ axes. The default rotation is around Z-axis, pressing Shift will rotate around local Y-axis, Control will rotate along X-axis. Preview:

Replicator

Object replacer. Replaces picked nodes with instances or references of one source node. Can keep original transformation. Useful when you want to update already placed objects.

Eyedropper

Multi purpose copy-paste tool. Replicates transformation, material, UVW modifiers or coordinates (in valid mesh objects), visual appearance, layer, general properties (i.e. you can copy the “radius” from a circle into a sphere or cilindre), modifiers (It cannot copy topology dependant modifications) and others, from a source object to a target object or to a group of targets. Both tools are designed to work on the viewports with a fair grade of visual feedback. Preview: