Basic Engineering

Build your foundational knowledge of Toolbox's basic engineering tools, concepts, and workflows.


This training plan helps you build foundational knowledge of Toolbox's basic engineering concepts and processes. Through a combination of instructional videos, documentation, drawings, and practical exercises, you will gain proficiency in modifying product components, creating custom products, applying machining with machine tokens, troubleshooting common issues, and establishing an efficient workflow.


After completing this plan, you should be able to:

  • Understand how to access and configure subassemblies to suit your project requirements.

  • Understand how to make customizations to parts using the 2D Part Editor within Toolbox.

  • Know how to modify parts using the Part Properties interface.

  • Understand the difference between top (face 5) and bottom (face 6) machining.

  • Know how to resolve issues by restoring subassemblies from your template.

  • Understand how to use the Microvellum Clipboard to save time when engineering custom products.

  • Understand the basic steps of creating custom cabinets using the Foundation Library.

  • Know how to add doors and drawer subassemblies to custom products using the Foundation Library.


Windows Operations:

Before starting this training, it is essential to have a basic understanding of using Windows operating system. This includes familiarity with tasks such as navigating through files and folders, managing applications, and basic system settings. This foundational knowledge will ensure a smoother learning experience throughout the training.

Installed Software & Library Data

To get the most out of this training, ensure that you have an installed version of Toolbox (2022, 2023, or 2024) and the Foundation Product Library ready for use on your computer before proceeding with this training plan so you can follow along. If you need to install Toolbox, these videos will assist you:

Training Plan

Before you proceed, we recommend completing the Getting Started training plan, as it will provide you with the foundational knowledge required to understand and follow the instructions provided within this training plan.

Training Environment

If you or your company already use Microvellum software, it may be beneficial to create a new local training configuration in Toolbox to separate projects and work you do from your production configuration. These videos will assist you in setting up this new configuration and downloading the Foundation Library.


We recommend following along with each video, attempting to replicate the processes outlined to achieve the same results within your Toolbox project. After watching all the videos, engineer a new custom product, making customizations like those shown in the videos. Attempt to rely on what you've learned. This will solidify your understanding and ability to apply it independently.

Sample Projects

Once you've requested the files, you'll receive an email with a link to download a zip file. We recommend extracting the files and storing them in an easy-to-access location on your computer. Note: As additional training plans are released, this zip file will be updated to include additional files.

If you need help understanding how to work with zip files, consider reviewing this article: Zip & Unzip Files


To follow along with this training plan, the following files will be needed:

  • File 1: Utility Cabinet product drawing.pdf

  • File 2: Basic Engineering Training

Video Content

This training plan is comprised of 17 videos and includes nearly 2 and a half hours of video-based training. It's intended to guide participants through the entire lifecycle of a project in Toolbox, from its conceptualization to the production phase.

Estimated Time to Complete:

  • Videos: 1 hour 20 minutes (9 videos)

  • Exercises & Practice: 3 hours (recommended)

  • Testing Your Knowledge (Quiz): 20 minutes

  • Total time: 4 hours 36 minutes

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