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Wood Cad Cam blind dado construction10/15
Hi all advanced Wood Cad Cam users!
Maybe another shot at the question?
Hi Dan nice to hear from you again!
...To put it another way: The blind dado should be available as a "connector" just like a screw or a cam. (This would make it available as a variable too, so you could replace screws with a blind dado for example.) One should be able to define how big the tenon is and how much it is offest (or "notched") from the front and back of the part. That's how CV and all the other programs I know are set up, which makes things really simple. I am hoping WCC has a similar logic built in but I can't seem to find it. -?-
Sorry, I've been out and didn't get a chance to get back.
Groove construction will set up the machining for the receiving part. You will add gaps, front and rear clearance, change endform, etc.
The settings you want to control (stop distances and so on) can be handled with variables in the part geometry. You could control number of tongues with variable geometry selection if you wanted to.
Ingenious indeed Dan, but I find it hard to believe that WCC doesn't have a more practical (and safer) way to switch from screws to dados. Go to minute 6:30 in this RSA video and you can see they are doing it exactly as I want it:
I'm not in the US either but I have had a look at V12.
I'm coming around to what you are saying, especially now that you mention using the "variable family." This way one could set up all the standard options for the various scenarios, e.g. dado_LeRi, dado_Le, Dado_Ri, and still retain control of the specifics. As you say, with a little patience one could set things up quite well via the variables. Thanks very much Dan!
I'm just wondering if any of you users have also worked with Microvellum. I'm very interested in a comparison between the 2. I've been working with MV for years and since I heard about WCC I've been wondering if it's any better than MV.
I did a 30 day demo on MV but never used it for production. That was, I think, toolbox 7 so there's been a lot of water under the bridge since for both systems.
Benjamin - Further to the above thread. The link below is a video showing and explaining how "value sets" are being used in V12 and may be of some assistance. I hope it's ok to paste it in here. I came across it this week.
Thanks Dan yes that was helpful.
Since Woodcadcam (imos ag) is designed for more European style cabinet. It is an excellent product for Cam+dowel kind of cabinets or the cabinets without traditional joinery.
When I say traditional joinery it includes the dovetail, mired dovetail, half blind dovetail etc. These joinery involved lots programming works.
You can consider Wood CADCAM is more like a "jigsaw" system, you can freely create single parts, and then assemble them in the Article Designer, with it's build in simple joint method miter.
For kitchen cabinets, bathroom vanities, office furniture, wardrobes, and those products do not involve too much traditional joinery, it is working very well on its own.
But, it will take you a lot of time to setup one part (like top shelf) with blind dado (full dado is a bit easier). You need to apply the outline geometry to setup the shape, and the machining on a female/male part to get the groove settings.
Also, it is almost impossible to make MDF door profiles patterns, but it's unlimited to create front edge profiles.
Please do keep in mind that, it is working perfectly with connectors, but not so perfect with joints/connection.
If you want to extend the CAD ability and flexibility, other options you can consider are: Pytha, CAD+T, Solidworks Pascam, Solidworks Swood (however, these packages might be better for shop fittings, as they can deal with complex shapes).
My conclusion is, if your business is mainly use flatbed CNC and screw construction method, Wood CADCAM is good.
But if you want something with fast blindado setting and mainly do square case goods, eCabinet might be a good choice.
However, if your company, have flatbed and Point to Point, is doing shop fittings, the mentioned CAD above might be better than the others.