Ok guys, I know this has been gone over before but I want to make sure I have the latest information out there.
I am looking into purchasing software for cabinet design and G Code.
I would like software that will help with the following:
Right now my draftsman spends too much time getting drawings ready for approval, after that my guys code it and take to the CNC. I am in hopes to cut out some of the leg work if possible.
We build Euro style commercial casework with Blum Metabox drawers.
I am currently getting ready to look into,
Micro Vellum,Cabinet Ware, Cabinet Vision, KCDW? Thoughts or opinions?
You can try Moziak for a test run at only couple months payment, the company wrote most all of the better software you see on the market and moved ont to make this "Todays Software" best to kick the tires and make sure it will make the whole trip before getting on the road !
We run commercial casework all day with Cabinet Vision. It is very fast.
Some don't like the price point, but in reality you are already spending it with the time you are taking to do what you are doing. I have one dedicated drafts person that draws 5 days a week. I take the drawings after field dimension corrections and send to code in a matter of seconds.
No matter what you get, it will improve and increase your production and bottom line.
find the cad-design software that post to your CNC look software for offers most customization of part and parametric must.
price range should be no more than $1,500- $5,000 for cad-cam
you can also look european softwares they are more advance and cheaper then here.
since you doing Euro style.
I work for KCD Software, we have software that will go from Design straight thru creating G Code for the CNC Machine. KCD offers FREE online demonstration of the software. Just give us a call, 508-760-1140, to set up an appointment. The owner of KCD started out in the Cabinet Making Business and eventually moved into the cabinet software end, so KCD is very intuitive. KCD offers FREE technical support and we DO NOT charge any Annual fees or maintenance fees. If your interested give us a call.
Take a look at Cabinet Pro Software. I have used it exclusively for the past 12 years. I design, bid, produce detailed shop drawings (including section views), and produce g-code directly with this software. We build everything from box cabinets to reception desks with Cabinet Pro. Give them a call (541-664-2808) and talk with Frank. He will give you an honest opinion if the software will meet with your requirements. You can also call me if you want a cabinet makers point of view 941-723-0278
Cabinet Pro CNC is software that will take you from design to bidding, to cutlists, to panel optimization, and then to CNC code for modular or custom cabinets and components. Our CNC code is written in 7 different languages to support ALL CNC routers: G-Code, Woodwop, Biesseworks, Hops, Wincut, Shopbot, and HPGL. Like most software companies, including those you mentioned, we too offer free support and no maintenance fees, unless you want to purchase yearly updates. You may want to watch our demo in the privacy of your own office, or feel free to give me a call at (541) 664-2808 for an online demo. Even though rentals are in the long run more expensive than purchasing because you end up paying forever without owning anything, we offer Rentals anyway as well as Rent-to-own, and outright purchases of our software. Right now, there is a 25% Christmas Discount on all software until December 31st.
I hope you had a Merry Christmas and I hope you and all the posters on this site have a very prosperous New Year!
I wanted to elaborate a little on our process with our software. We get a po or contract and using pre-filled out templates in cad or the drawings library we load all the info like GC, Ship to address, delivery schedule etc, laminate finishes, etc, then start the drawings process. We paste the floor plan, the elevation and a cross section to a sheet and the software lables the room, and the title blocks are auto filled. The drawing go in for approval, we measure in the field, correct the drawings to field numbers and send it to code.
The drawings can be pretty time intensive, but the pre-filled out title blocks, etc, help to make it flow a little faster.
I hope this helps for you on deciding. Whatever you decide on, it should pay for itself very faster and you will relay on it heavily. I know we do.
Not completely related to the topic, but I find it curious that so many responses seem to conclude that shops no longer use panel saws and point-to-points. Depending on what you make, the work cell approach will put out a much higher volume of parts. Nesting isn't everything and it's not right for every product line and production method. And when it comes to nesting, there's more to it than simply laying parts out in a nest and creating machining. Not all nest generating software programs are equal. What you make and how you make them need to be taken into consideration first.
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