Nested base manufacturing
In reality, the big transition is one of software rather than process. You need to be using a CAD/CAM package that either nests on its own or one that allows you to manually nest quickly and easily. AlphaCam is fast becoming the standard software in the router market. Komo, Anderson, MultiCam and others are all offering it with their machines.
If you have a cabinet shop, you should also be looking at Cab'net Ware and CabinetVision type products as well.
We have been cutting parts this way for several years. When we started we thought it was a cool way to cut parts. We sell nothing but casework (i.e. no software, no machines).
We have just recently started using the nested base routers. It is neat and wonderful to watch. Our setup went well but the barcode that CV sent out would not read at the machine (they are working on it, I guess). I had a job (about 35k) on hold till I had the machine up and running and the machine cut everything out in 1 day. We think the router opens up new markets to us. We looked at P2P and decided that the routers were the future in cabinetmaking.
I've found that a lot of research needs to be done before jumping onto the nesting bandwagon. Optimization, material costs, material handling costs and shop flow are some of the top priorities and should be looked at very carefully. Also, ask yourself why you would want nesting and to what degree. Are you striving for JIT flow? Do you want to implement it for part or all of your machined parts? There are a lot of really great benefits from nesting, though bad optimization or unbalanced flow can really ruin things.
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