Lidcombe TAFE | Planit Supporting the Next Generation

Planit Cutting Edge Solutions has been working with Lidcombe TAFE to support the next generation of our industry by providing Cabinet Vision to the college’s three computer Labs.

As part of the Stage three Cabinetmaking course at Lidcombe TAFE, some students undertake an assignment via BBM Youth Support’s Skills into the Community program. This partnership connects TAFE students requiring project experience with community organisations needing their skills, and provides funding and donated materials from a number of companies. In previous years, BBM Youth Support and Lidcombe TAFE have worked together to fit out Giant Steps classrooms, kitchens and storage areas; and last year worked with Auburn Youth Centre to provide them with a number of new spaces including a computer lab.

Last year, Planit was privileged to have taken our partnership with the TAFE further, by increasing our involvement with the Stage 3 Cabinetmaking course. The scenario focuses around a client requiring fitted cabinetry for a space in their premises, with the students to design, manufacture and install the whole project from start to finish.

Planit’s Marketing Coordinator, Blake Cugley, shared “it is fantastic to see so many young people wanting to forge a career in cabinet making. Lidcombe TAFE has built a great facility for students to learn in, and we are proud to be able to have Cabinet Vision as part of the course. It was a great experience to personally go onsite and witness several stages of this process.”

This assignment requires the students to be broken into teams, before being provided a brief about the client and a summary of their requirements. This is then followed by an onsite visit, where they meet the client, hear about how they envisage the space and any particular needs that are to be met within the design. The students then begin to measure the spaces, ensuring they take note of any unique features.

The class that was installing the cabinetry at the Giants Steps School were faced with a heritage listed building, and so had to ensure they kept the rooms architectural features in mind as they measured the room. The Auburn Youth Centre required cabinetry that would be suitable for regular use in a high traffic zone.

During these site visits, some of the classes had the opportunity to compare their measuring using a tape measure, with the measurements taken with a laser measurer. Planit brought along some of their Leica Laser Measuring devices to showcase the accuracy and precision that this technology will bring. Both these experiences gave students a wider look at some of the current methods being used in the industry.

The students then spent their time beginning the process of laying out the room in Cabinet Vision, designing and customising the project. Part of the brief included collecting information on the materials and hardware options they will use, and ensuring it was correctly set-up in Cabinet Vision. This is then gathered and prepared as part of the portfolio delivered to the client to review and provide feedback, including the various drawing perspectives produced from their Cabinet Vision job. Once they’ve received the clients sign off, manufacturing of the cabinets begins.

The students were able to use their drawings to generate the CNC code for the machines, as well as create detailed cabinetry drawings to follow, all created within Cabinet Vision. These tools show students the concept that software brings together further automation within a business, and aims to improve accuracy, efficiency and productivity of modern manufacturing.

Dion Iori, Cabinetmaking Teacher for Lidcombe TAFE, shared “these projects provide the TAFE students with practical training and on-the-job experiences. These client-based exercises provide a realistic representation of using more than just your cabinetry skills in working with a client.”

Once the designs were manufactured on the TAFE’s CNC’s, beamsaws and edgebanders, it is then onto site to complete the installation stage. Blake Cugley from Planit also commented that “it was great to see the students take the initiative of the installation process. The staff at Lidcombe TAFE did provide plenty of guidance, but the students really worked as a team to complete the project and with great results.”

It is also important to recognise that there was a number of industry suppliers who donated material, hardware, and supplies to assist in the completion of the project. Lidcombe TAFE and BBM Youth Support would like to thank in particular Hettich, Nover and Blum for the hardware and material they provided towards the projects. In 2018, Lidcombe TAFE look to participate in up to 5 community projects with their students.


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