Stiles’ woodCAD/CAM software customers can now use EnRouteAutomatic Toolpath Processing (ATP) software to generate code for Homag CNC routers and machining centres.
EnRoute ATP software has been developed with Stiles for smooth integration with woodCAD/CAM software to enable efficient tool-pathing, nesting, and output for nested-based manufacturing (NBM) applications.
‘EnRoute’s automatic toolpathing, True Shape Nesting, and generation of G-code for parts designed and produced with woodCAD/CAM provide an efficient and surprisingly quick way to process large numbers of parts in an automated woodworking production environment,’ said Luke Benik, EnRoute Director of Business Operations, North America, SAi. ‘EnRoute ATP can process an entire job designed in woodCAD/CAM with as few as three mouse clicks.’
Stiles’ woodCAD/CAM software generates layered DFX files that incorporate instructions for machining operations (drilling, milling, and cutting).
Using EnRoute ATP, operators use a pre-defined ATP strategy and the software automatically applies toolpathing to each layer of the DXF file. Then using Block or True Shape Nesting, output files and printable labels are quickly created.
The software and hardware integration made possible with this initiative will enable companies to streamline and automate the manufacture of a wide variety of furniture, kitchen units and cabinetry for a multitude of commercial and domestic uses.
By ensuring optimal use of materials through effective nesting, lean, low-waste manufacturing can be achieved cost-effectively, and make businesses more competitive.
‘EnRoute ATP offers sophisticated toolpathing for 3D designs to be processed and executed at a lower entry cost, opening new application opportunities for smaller companies or one-off jobs,’ explained Scott Cruickshank, director Software Solutions, Stiles Machinery. ‘We see the collaboration with SAi as a first step in a lasting relationship that will enable both companies to reach new customers and enter new markets.’
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