Twenty Twenty and KCDW – My Perspective

Having been heavily involved on the cabinet end of construction for several years and being always interested in modeling and rendering technologies, I thought I would take a moment to give my perspective on the cabinet design software known as Twenty Twenty, 2020, or 20 20.

I've never personally used this software, but I've picked up the gist of its market position through conversation with various showroom owners and kitchen designers.

I don't use the software because it's intended mainly for use in ordering manufactured cabinets, which I've tried to avoid whenever possible because of shortcomings and barriers that I'll discuss in future posts. But if you are considering getting into the “ordered cabinets” business, twenty twenty is probably the way to go.

The software allows you to quickly create a 3d kitchen layout which can be viewed as drawings or 3d “perspective views”. It also has an impressive library of kitchen fixtures, components, and appliances that can be pulled in to add realism. Any major cabinet manufacturer will have 3d versions of their catalog available in 2020 for you to pull into your model, and when you finish the drawings, it automatically kicks out the price.

Drawbacks: very expensive to own a license or “seat” of the package (I'm guessing around 5k upfront and another k each year).

More germane to the cabinetmakers: none of the 20 20 owners I know have been able to get it to do the “custom features” that are so essential to a custom cabinet or furniture business. I'm talking about the ability to extrude, cut, revolve, sweep, loft, etc. Those features may be there, but apparently they're not very accessible.

Case in point: I have a friend who recently sold his cabinet showroom to a young whippersnapper. At the time he sold it, he was doing both custom cabinets and manufactured cabinet sales. He has always been a cost-watcher, and he was using 2020 for the ordered designs and KCDW for his custom designs.