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Anyone drawing cabinetry?

eric_schimelpfenigeric_schimelpfenig Member Posts: 21 EDU
As the title says, is anyone out there using Onshape for cabinetry? If so, what's your process? Are you using it for designing spaces, or manufacture too?

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  • owen_sparksowen_sparks Member, Developers Posts: 1,772 PRO
    @3dcad are you about?

    He designs and builds cabinetry with Onshape, in a factory that he also designed in Onshape...

    Cheers,

    Owen S.
    Production Engineer
    HWM-Water Ltd
  • eric_schimelpfenigeric_schimelpfenig Member Posts: 21 EDU
    I'd be interested in seeing that! Post up @3dcad! :)
  • 3dcad3dcad Member, OS Professional, Mentor Posts: 2,260 PRO
    Was too deep into robot programming last weeks, haven't had time for forums lately. But yeah, also that robot cell was born in Onshape and all products that run through.

    We are contract designer / manufacturer so I can't really post that much of our latest designs into forums.

    The process for us is:
    - Use Onshape to create furniture models in fraction of the time it used to take with traditional 3d cad without multi-part modeling studio
    - Create light drawings for production (can't wait for woodwork cnc's to suck up steps or someday connect directly to Onshape for nc data)
    - Create assembly steps and use images to make instructions
    - Render in keyshot to get the product images

    Sometimes we also make the layout plan for retailer or render some room like spaces.

    Are you aiming into cabinet business/industry?

    //rami
  • john_mcclaryjohn_mcclary Member, Developers Posts: 1,212 PRO
    3dcad said:

    - Create light drawings for production (can't wait for woodwork cnc's to suck up steps or someday connect directly to Onshape for nc data)

    VisualCAMc is released for Onshape now
  • owen_sparksowen_sparks Member, Developers Posts: 1,772 PRO
    Webinar today...
    Production Engineer
    HWM-Water Ltd
  • 3dcad3dcad Member, OS Professional, Mentor Posts: 2,260 PRO
    edited October 4
    IMHO CAMs are only good for 4+ axis machines and we are mostly working with flat panels and 3-ax machines (well machines might have dozen axis but only in 3 directions =) ) The problem is that CAMs concentrate on milling while we concentrate on efficient drilling.

    VisualCAMc for Onshape is CAM software application on the cloud that allows you to create 2 ½ Axis, 3 Axis and 3+2 milling cutter paths for Onshape design files.
    //rami
  • john_mcclaryjohn_mcclary Member, Developers Posts: 1,212 PRO
    @3dcad
    So you code everything manually for the most part? Yikes
    Why bother modeling it then, just go to paper an pencil  >:)
  • MecSoft_SupportMecSoft_Support Member Posts: 7
    Hello, I just wanted to chime in here and mention that VisualCAMc for Onshape supports a variety of hole machining operations including drilling, deep drilling, countersink drilling, peck-chip drilling, as well as sorting rules for drilling holes, especially designed for flat panels with hundreds of hole holes to drill is any pattern.  You can also post the drilling paths as canned drill cycles or as linear motions so there are many options in VisualCAMc for drilling operations.  We encourage everyone to give VisulCAMc a test drive and let us know how you like it!
  • 3dcad3dcad Member, OS Professional, Mentor Posts: 2,260 PRO
    @john_mcclary
    Sometimes we create 3d models from dxfs exported from cnc =)

    We model because we wan't to see the design before production, check interfere, render product images, create assembly instructions and avoid manual calculation of things. We do not model for cnc.
    Today's woodworking machinery are so easy to program that it's only matter of few minutes (way faster than Onshape sketcher). And we use macros for standard stuff, environmental & global variables to keep programs easy to update on hardware changes and sometimes combine programs using if-clauses and variables accessible from worklist to quickly select different 'configuration' for drilling.

    But note that we mostly produce our own standard models in reasonable batches repeating time after time, it's completely different story in batch size 1 production where few minutes programming per piece makes huge difference. 

    @MecSoft_Support
    I will certainly give it a try! Do you support European woodworking machines like Homag, Biesse, Scm etc.?
    //rami
  • MecSoft_SupportMecSoft_Support Member Posts: 7
    3dcad said:
    @MecSoft_Support
    I will certainly give it a try! Do you support European woodworking machines like Homag, Biesse, Scm etc.?
    VisualCAMc supports machines that read standard G&M code or ISO g-code. As some of these machines use proprietary code format we would have to take a look at this to see if this can be supported. If you could send us a sample code that works with your machine along with the list of G & M codes supported to [email protected], we can take a look at this to see if this can be supported.
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