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Autocad and cabinet making3/1
Is there anyone out there using Autocad for cabinet making? What I mean is anyone out there using Autocad to output cut list and or toolpathing to cnc/ beam saw for say a custom kitchen job? Over the last 10 years or so I have tried Cabinet vision, KCD, Mozaik without success. Problem is I find the cabinet specific programs always have their limitations or glitches some where. I have been using Autocad Lt for 20 years and imputing my cabs into Excel to make my lists. I have found my method is very lean and almost error free and our submittals are on point. Problem is trying to grow the company and looking at ways to produce more for more workers, maybe with office help.
Cad Code might actually be you answer for your method
I agree sounds like CADCode is what you are looking for.
It's been a little over 10 years since I worked in the office programming cabinet jobs for the CNC. I could see that there is no software program that does everything good. Cabinetvision is the best for producing cabinets, it's fast but limited. And Autocad along with a cam program like CimTech for the architectural woodworking projects, it's unlimited, but slow. The speed at which one guy can produce the shop drawings and program code to the CNC with Cabinetvision is fantastic, no need for a draftsman. I would do as much as I could with that program, then everything else with Autocad because that method was much slower. But, to produce something like a radius library desk that is 30 ft long. I need the accuracy of a 2-d cad program to draw up the geometry for the radius die wall parts and countertops. Then drop all that into the CAM program that generates code. By the time it's all cut out and put together, it ends up all perfect. I would not be able to do something like that in a cabinet program very well.
AutoCAD and Microvellum. Develop your project in AutoCAD 3D and then use Microvellum Solid Model Analyzer to generate your cut list and almost all of the machining. Maybe not the most easy to learn but by far the most flexible .
With a full version of AutoCad vs AutoCad LT, you would be able to draw things in 3d. Thus you could extract cnc information and parts lists from the parts with add-on software, like Cim-Techs Solid-Cim and MV Solid Model Analyzer.
There would be a learning curve and some time to get up to speed with both these products. Also the time to become proficient in 3d AutoCad.
In the end it comes down to what you are doing. Are the items you produce parametric or one offs?
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