I am in a workshop where we currently do our drawings on autocad,which are done for architect's approval. We then take the info and dimensions from here and our programmer redraws and engineers cabinets in Ecabinets which we send to our Thermwood CNC.
We are having a major disconnect between drawing to cnc stage. In your opinions what is the best setup between autocad drawings going straight to cnc?
Has anyone had much luck with toolpath plugins with autocad. Or is there a good CAM system which will take the info from CAD and write the code for a Thermwood?
Any and all advice is welcome,
I am glad you are looking for a solution to this process.
At Microvellum we have been providing this solution of AutoCAD to machine for over 25 years.
Microvellum Toolbox is an automated tool who's foundation is AutoCAD. You wil be working in the AutoCAD environment while using our vast parametric library of products to create and edit your submittal drawings.
Once the drawings are completed you simply create a work order from that environment and process it. The machines in your shop will have gcode generated for them through our custom toolfiles. We are connected to most every machine out there including Thermwood routers.
We also provide nesting solutions such as True Shape Nesting and Stay down nest as well as modeling tools like Extruded Product Builder and Solid Model Analyzer for creating custom fixtures and one offs.
If you are interested in speaking with someone at Microvellum about our tested and proven solutions, I will be happy to talk with you, or you could see a demonstration of our products through an online meeting.
Contact me at: email@example.com
I'll be more than happy to help.
9/15 #5: Choosing correct cabinet design and ...
I forgot to mention that as you draw, you are creating the cutlist for your products in the job, eliminating the added step of cutlisting in the shop or in engineering. You will automatically have access to a large variety of reports & labels as well as dxf files and other output information.
In automating the drafting process the drawings and the process itself will also be standardized which will help eliminate error and redundancy.
To see more information on Microvellum Toolbox, select this link and go to our website: https://www.microvellum.com/solutions/toolbox/
I was doing virtually the same thing. All commercial cabinets. I bought into one of the name brand cabinet softwares. As you are doing research be sure to look at the ease of customizing, as there always seems to be nothing completely standard.
Also get educated in the companies tech support.
On both of the above issues I learned my lesson the hard expensive way.
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