Computer Aided Design

You are not logged in. [ Login ] Why log in
(NOTE: Login is not required to post)

Inventor and manufacturing

4/18/19       
Thomas Marino Member

Quick question to the forum users. Can Inventor be used as a good manufacturing software for the architectural millwork industry? I know it was developed as a 3D modeling software for the mechanical design industry but I don't know of it being used in this industry. We need a 3D modeling software that will allow us to use parametrics to resize typical wall elevations depending on field conditions and I'm not quite sure Inventor will do this. I know you design a parametric cabinet, or component, but we need to change all the parts at the same time, as when a run of casework is too short or too long. We don't want to be changing each and every component.
I know we should be delving into MV, or some other software, but this is the current path and I am not sure it is the correct one.
If anyone knows of any users I could contact, that would be awesome.

Thanks to everyone

4/20/19       #2: Inventor and manufacturing ...
Paul Member

A question that has come up so often over the past quarter century, Is there a program that will do custom cabinets/custom-millwork really well? No. A comparable, is there an office program that does everything really well? No. You need a word program, you need a spreadsheet program, you need a presentation program, an accounting program, on and on. If all you did was custom cabinets, with parts cut on a CNC. I suggest Cabinet Vision. If your business is also custom, one-off millwork, (like moldings, countertops, wall panels, fancy woodwork), then you need a good 2-d cad program like Autocad or any other of the dozens available out there, to draw the geometry, then send those to a CAM program that generates the code for the CNC. Now, if you are in a business that manufactures large numbers of a custom product, then I could see you using a parametric modeling program. Spending the extra time to draw up every tiny little detail perfectly, If you don't, your CNCs will just be cutting up junk parts. Inventor, you're going to be burning up money at the front end of things, drawing and programming before it hits the shop floor. So you better be making dozens of the same thing at least.
For several years, I did well with cabinet vision. Did the lions share of the drawings on that, then I could easily select the parts and materials I wanted to send to CNC, hit the button, and away it went. It was doing all the other oddball stuff, that chewed up my time. I used Autocad 2000 sent to Cim-Tech for all parts I could not do in Cabinet Vision.

5/26/19       #3: Inventor and manufacturing ...
Jason Scott

Check out Top Solid wood.
Itís a modeling program like inventor but has tools that help a lot in woodworking. It also has the option of integrated cam and nesting.

9/11/19       #4: Inventor and manufacturing ...
Hiral Patel  Member

Website: https://www.hitechcaddservices.com/

Autodesk Inventor is the most preferred modeling and design tool for the furniture industry in the 3D space. It can enhance design efficiency, response to design changes and improved accuracy of conventional 2D CAD platforms.

Here are listed some benefits of Inventor:
- Generates comprehensive parametric 3D CAD models as well as required documentation for manufacturing and installation such as BoM, cut sheets, etc.

- Allows straight away export of various dimensional parameters and component quantities with specific descriptions for drawing generation.

- It makes the drawing process more powerful by allowing easy change of dimensions and sketches.

- Automates repetitive tasks thereby reducing the time taken to generate specifications by 50%.

For more benefits check:

How Autodesk Inventor Helps In Woodwork

  • Post a Response to this thread
  • notify me of responses to this topic
  • To receive email notification of additions to this forum thread,
    enter your name and email address, and then click the
    "Keep Me Posted" button below.

    Please Note: If you have posted a message or response,
    do not submit this request ... you are already signed up
    to receive notification!

    Your Name:
    E-Mail Address:
    Enter the correct numbers into the field below:
     

    Date of your Birth:



    Return to top of page

    Buy & Sell Exchanges | Forums | Galleries | Site Map

    FORUM GUIDELINES: Please review the guidelines below before posting at WOODWEB's Interactive Message Boards (return to top)

  • WOODWEB is a professional industrial woodworking site. Hobbyist and homeowner woodworking questions are inappropriate.
  • Messages should be kept reasonably short and on topic, relating to the focus of the forum. Responses should relate to the original question.
  • A valid email return address must be included with each message.
  • Advertising is inappropriate. The only exceptions are the Classified Ads Exchange, Machinery Exchange, Lumber Exchange, and Job Opportunities and Services Exchange. When posting listings in these areas, review the posting instructions carefully.
  • Subject lines may be edited for length and clarity.
  • "Cross posting" is not permitted. Choose the best forum for your question, and post your question at one forum only.
  • Messages requesting private responses will be removed - Forums are designed to provide information and assistance for all of our visitors. Private response requests are appropriate at WOODWEB's Exchanges and Job Opportunities and Services.
  • Messages that accuse businesses or individuals of alleged negative actions or behavior are inappropriate since WOODWEB is unable to verify or substantiate the claims.
  • Posts with the intent of soliciting answers to surveys are not appropriate. Contact WOODWEB for more information on initiating a survey.
  • Excessive forum participation by an individual upsets the balance of a healthy forum atmosphere. Individuals who excessively post responses containing marginal content will be considered repeat forum abusers.
  • Responses that initiate or support inappropriate and off-topic discussion of general politics detract from the professional woodworking focus of WOODWEB, and will be removed.
  • Participants are encouraged to use their real name when posting. Intentionally using another persons name is prohibited, and posts of this nature will be removed at WOODWEB's discretion.
  • Comments, questions, or criticisms regarding Forum policies should be directed to WOODWEB's Systems Administrator
    (return to top).

    Carefully review your message before clicking on the "Send Message" button - you will not be able to revise the message once it has been sent.

    You will be notified of responses to the message(s) you posted via email. Be sure to enter your email address correctly.

    WOODWEB's forums are a highly regarded resource for professional woodworkers. Messages and responses that are crafted in a professional and civil manner strengthen this resource. Messages that do not reflect a professional tone reduce the value of our forums.

    Messages are inappropriate when their content: is deemed libelous in nature or is based on rumor, fails to meet basic standards of decorum, contains blatant advertising or inappropriate emphasis on self promotion (return to top).

    Libel:   Posts which defame an individual or organization, or employ a tone which can be viewed as malicious in nature. Words, pictures, or cartoons which expose a person or organization to public hatred, shame, disgrace, or ridicule, or induce an ill opinion of a person or organization, are libelous.

    Improper Decorum:   Posts which are profane, inciting, disrespectful or uncivil in tone, or maliciously worded. This also includes the venting of unsubstantiated opinions. Such messages do little to illuminate a given topic, and often have the opposite effect. Constructive criticism is acceptable (return to top).

    Advertising:   The purpose of WOODWEB Forums is to provide answers, not an advertising venue. Companies participating in a Forum discussion should provide specific answers to posted questions. WOODWEB suggests that businesses include an appropriately crafted signature in order to identify their company. A well meaning post that seems to be on-topic but contains a product reference may do your business more harm than good in the Forum environment. Forum users may perceive your references to specific products as unsolicited advertising (spam) and consciously avoid your web site or services. A well-crafted signature is an appropriate way to advertise your services that will not offend potential customers. Signatures should be limited to 4-6 lines, and may contain information that identifies the type of business you're in, your URL and email address (return to top).

    Repeated Forum Abuse: Forum participants who repeatedly fail to follow WOODWEB's Forum Guidelines may encounter difficulty when attempting to post messages.

    There are often situations when the original message asks for opinions: "What is the best widget for my type of shop?". To a certain extent, the person posting the message is responsible for including specific questions within the message. An open ended question (like the one above) invites responses that may read as sales pitches. WOODWEB suggests that companies responding to such a question provide detailed and substantive replies rather than responses that read as a one-sided product promotion. It has been WOODWEB's experience that substantive responses are held in higher regard by our readers (return to top).

    The staff of WOODWEB assume no responsibility for the accuracy, content, or outcome of any posting transmitted at WOODWEB's Message Boards. Participants should undertake the use of machinery, materials and methods discussed at WOODWEB's Message Boards after considerate evaluation, and at their own risk. WOODWEB reserves the right to delete any messages it deems inappropriate. (return to top)


  • Forum Posting Help
    Your Name The name you enter in this field will be the name that appears with your post or response (return to form).
    Your Website Personal or business website links must point to the author's website. Inappropriate links will be removed without notice, and at WOODWEB's sole discretion. WOODWEB reserves the right to delete any messages with links it deems inappropriate. (return to form)
    E-Mail Address Your e-mail address will not be publicly viewable. Forum participants will be able to contact you using a contact link (included with your post) that is substituted for your actual address. You must include a valid email address in this field. (return to form)
    Subject Subject may be edited for length and clarity. Subject lines should provide an indication of the content of your post. (return to form)
    Thread Related Link and Image Guidelines Thread Related Links posted at WOODWEB's Forums and Exchanges should point to locations that provide supporting information for the topic being discussed in the current message thread. The purpose of WOODWEB Forums is to provide answers, not to serve as an advertising venue. A Thread Related Link that directs visitors to an area with inappropriate content will be removed. WOODWEB reserves the right to delete any messages with links or images it deems inappropriate. (return to form)
    Thread Related File Uploads Thread Related Files posted at WOODWEB's Forums and Exchanges should provide supporting information for the topic being discussed in the current message thread. Video Files: acceptable video formats are: .MOV .AVI .WMV .MPEG .MPG .MP4 (Image Upload Tips)   If you encounter any difficulty when uploading video files, E-mail WOODWEB for assistance. The purpose of WOODWEB Forums is to provide answers, not to serve as an advertising venue. A Thread Related File that contains inappropriate content will be removed, and uploaded files that are not directly related to the message thread will be removed. WOODWEB reserves the right to delete any messages with links, files, or images it deems inappropriate. (return to form)
    Sponsors
    • Cabinetshop Maestro
      Web-Based Project Management Software for Custom Cabinet Shops - Manage Jobs from Prospect to Punchlist Through Scheduling, Task Management, Time Tracking and Communication
    • VORTEK Spaces
      Award-winning 3D Presentation Software for kitchen designers, interior designers, woodworkers and architects
    • EnRoute Software
      CAD CAM Software by SAi Featuring 2D/3D Design and Toolpath Functions, Nesting, Rapid Texture and More, with Low-Cost Monthly Subscriptions Available
    • Thermwood Corporation
      Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Routers and Accessories
    • Mastercam - CNC Software
      CAD/CAM Software for Milling and Turning, 3D Design and Drafting, Surface and Solid Modeling
    • TradeSoft
      Seamless Management Software to Improve Estimating, Job Costing, Scheduling, Purchasing, Shipping, and Shop Floor Data Collection
    • Rangate
      Woodworking Machinery, Supplies and Knowledge
    • ECabinet Systems
      Free, Fully Functional Cabinet Design Software and Kitchen Layout Software
    • Cabinet Pro
      Design and Manufacturing Software for the Cabinet and Door Industries Since 1986
    • KCD Software
      Powerful 3D Cabinet/Closet Design Software with Built-In Touchscreen Mode for Mobile Use with Best Production Practices Including Direct to Cut List, Cabinotch and/or CNC Machining
    • 2020 Manufacturing Solutions
      Manufacturing Software Solutions Including an Offering Designed For Cabinetmakers, In Addition to Furniture, Architectural Millwork and Other Wood Product Manufacturers We Support
    • NEMI
      Products For CNC Machines - Digitizers, Tool Setters, Vacuum Pods, Vacuum Cups, Vacuum Tables, Vacuum Chucks and Software

    Become a Sponsor today!