Based on the success of its 3D cabinet model collections in the Google 3D Warehouse, Masco Retail Cabinet Group's KraftMaid Cabinetry expanded its offering to nearly 800 digital models. With the recent additions, designers and other Google SketchUp users can select from five door styles and 15 finishes to suit diverse kitchen design styles from the semi-custom cabinet manufacturer.
Each 3D cabinet is modeled to showcase a KraftMaid finish combined with a popular wood species. Door styles featured in the 3D models represent a range of kitchens: contemporary (Saratoga and Avery), transitional (Putnam and Sedona) and traditional (Marquette). When downloaded in SketchUp Version 7, cabinet doors and drawers open, so users can virtually experience each model.
“As KraftMaid 3D cabinet and room models continue to grow in demand, so does the range of our offerings,” said Mark Johnson, FAIA, director of sales and marketing education at KraftMaid. “Our goal is to ensure that the design community’s technology needs are fully supported through our many 3D model collections.”
Even more recently, KraftMaid Cabinetry launched a YouTube channel to help architects and designers stay current with the latest design technology. So far, the series includes screencasts and video how-tos about Google SketchUp, tips on a variety of digital design-related topics and the collection of 3D cabinet models in the Google 3D Warehouse. Igloo Studios created the new screencasts for KraftMaid. View Masco Cabinetry's YouTube channel and browse the KraftMaid Education playlist.
Additionally, together with experts from Igloo Studios, producers of the popular “SketchUp Show” series, KraftMaid’s team of kitchen designers, has added new inspirational kitchens to its collection of 3D room models. These include two LEED-certified home models called the 723 and 729 Spring Street projects as well as the ReVISION House, a Net-Zero Energy show home featured during the 2010 International Builders’ Show.
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