I work at a small shop doing really high-end cabinetry and woodwork. We are in the middle of making the transition from doing things the "old school way" (table saw and hand-drawn sketches for cutlists/shop drawings, etc.) to the new (brand new Weeke CNC machine and Cabinet Vision for programming/shop drawings).
We're definitely struggling with the learning curve for the machine, but the bigger challenge seems to be getting Cabinet Vision to perform as both a CNC programming tool and a way to produce clear, complete working drawings that can be used by our assembly guys in the shop and the install crew in the field.
Is it reasonable to think CV can do both on jobs with lots of custom details?
Just to get started, we're thinking about contracting with someone just to produce CNC code and drawings until we can get up to speed? Does anyone know of any resources for finding someone who can do that?
As always, any advice is appreciated!
I do all of my shop drawings and machining with cabinet vision. I can help with training with the software and set up. We do both high end residential and Commercial cabinetry. You can look at some of the work we have produced on our web site. Let me know if you need some help
Either way you slice it, you have got to get down on paper clear and concise info to get the job done and out the door. CV will feed the cnc through s2m with a lot of the work. But you are still going to have to keep it organized
Cabinetvision is based on the heirarchy of construction methods and materials. You are going to have to sit there and dedicate some time and build the most common construction methods you use in the shop.
It would be hjighly advantageous to get someone like Leland to walk you through this and help the build and materials schedules get sorted and help cut the exponential learning curve
I did some work for a company when things were slow back in 2010. They had full time employees writing UCS and designing inteli joints and part models the end result in their shop drawings was fantastic some of the cleanest and detailed shop drawings that I have seen. So like eveything else the more you put into learning the program the more you will get out of it. With that said take baby steps start with a simple bathroom vanity then move on to more complicated assemblies of say mud room or a kitchen and work your way up. Do not start by trying to produce a coffered ceiling, arched molding room full of millwork.
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