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I am trying to do a feasability study for purchasing a Homag Vantage 200 nesting table for producing routed MDF doors for paint. I was wondering, on average, how many doors will I be able to produce on an 8 hour shift using 4x8 or 5x10 sheets. How are you breaking this down ?
I understand that some designs may take longer than others, but I'm looking for an average number, so lets pretend the doors are low to medium complexity.
For a 1 piece door with a flat recessed panel, we run about 1 hour per sheet, and average about 10 doors/drawer fronts per sheet.
A raised panel door is much quicker...about 15 minutes per sheet.
These number totally depend on how much you want your corners cleaned up.
What are you doing that takes one hour? MDF machines like butter.
We use a 1" flat bottom cutter to plow out the flat panels at 550 in/min. We do it in 2 passes.
Our most popular Door....
All cuts are done in two passes with 1st pass being about 90% of full depth. We found when we tried to do it in 1 pass, we just add to our sanding time.
I am willing to be enlightened on how I can speed this up.
1 hour seems very long. Does anyone else have any experience routing MDF doors ? Hard to imagine on a site like this, and on product so popular, that no one has posted about this before.
What are you guys using to program your nested patterns of these MDF Doors? I'd love to know that. It seems like it would be brutal without good software.
I use a combination of KCD, Paranest, and Vcarve pro.
Export a list of door sizes from KCD
Import list into Paranest which then creates DXF rectangles of the door sizes
Import dxf from paranest into Vcarve.
Now in vcarve, select all rectangles and offset the curves inwards based on the rail/stile width and adjust any as needed for stuff like drawer fronts with reduced width rails.Then nest, then run a toolpath template. We have a separate template set up for each different door style we run.
Sounds complicated, but only takes about 5 or 10 minutes to go from screen to machine.
we use Tpa controler on our chines cnc
I own a weeke vantage 4x10 cnc and have run mdf doors for about 8 yrs on it. If all I had to run was a mix of raised and flat panel mdf doors in a day I could easily get 40 sheets a day with an average of 25 parts per sheet off the machine in 8 hours. That includes double passes to plane down the flat panel doors and also corner clean out operations. Cabinet vision is the software we run and doors take no time really...mdf doors can pay for the CNC if you have the work to back it up. They flat out increase profits.