Two layout projects in one CNC file

Moderators: Jason Susnjara, Larry Epplin, Clint Buechlein, Scott G Vaal

Donald Thomson
Guru Member
Posts: 768
Joined: Thu, May 14 2009, 11:41PM
Company Name: Diamond Lake Custom Woodworks
Location: Newport, WA
Contact:

Two layout projects in one CNC file

Postby Donald Thomson » Sat, Mar 07 2020, 3:03PM

Is there a way to take two jobs that are put together using layout mode (NOT batch mode) and combine them into one job to go to the CNC? Thank you.
Sincerely,

Don Thomson
Diamond Lake Custom Woodworks, LLC
509-671-6230
Newport, WA
http://www.dlwoodworks.com

Clint Buechlein
Thermwood Team
Posts: 485
Joined: Fri, May 15 2015, 1:21PM
Company Name: Thermwood Corp
Country: UNITED STATES

Re: Two layout projects in one CNC file

Postby Clint Buechlein » Mon, Mar 09 2020, 7:48AM

Don,

Open eCabinets, but do not load a job or cabinet. From the main opened screen of eCabinets click the CNC button. Choose your jobs, change material properties if needed, filter parts out if needed, and pick the output location for the .twd file.

-Clint-

User avatar
Brad McIntosh
Guru Member
Posts: 538
Joined: Wed, May 18 2005, 6:59PM
Company Name: CNC Automation
Country: CANADA
Location: St. Zotique, Québec, Canada
Contact:

Re: Two layout projects in one CNC file

Postby Brad McIntosh » Mon, Mar 09 2020, 8:48AM

Donald,

You may have specific reasons to "combine" the layout jobs within eCabinet Systems itself, but if you are only looking to have the "jobs" optimized/nested and cut in one run, you can simply create a TWD for each "layout" job in eCabinet Systems. Then, in Control Nesting, [LOAD] the first TWD then [ADD] the second TWD and [Nest] and [Write CNC] for the combined jobs.
Brad McIntosh
CNC Automation

Home: http://www.cncautomation.com
Twitter: @bmcncautomation

Donald Thomson
Guru Member
Posts: 768
Joined: Thu, May 14 2009, 11:41PM
Company Name: Diamond Lake Custom Woodworks
Location: Newport, WA
Contact:

Re: Two layout projects in one CNC file

Postby Donald Thomson » Mon, Mar 09 2020, 12:53PM

Thanks Brad. I'll have to see if I can do this in Shopbot Link. That's my control software.

I want to combine them and nest all the parts from two jobs to optimize material use.
Sincerely,

Don Thomson
Diamond Lake Custom Woodworks, LLC
509-671-6230
Newport, WA
http://www.dlwoodworks.com

User avatar
Brad McIntosh
Guru Member
Posts: 538
Joined: Wed, May 18 2005, 6:59PM
Company Name: CNC Automation
Country: CANADA
Location: St. Zotique, Québec, Canada
Contact:

Re: Two layout projects in one CNC file

Postby Brad McIntosh » Mon, Mar 09 2020, 1:27PM

Donald,

Unfortunately, I have not dealt with the "Shopbot Link", but the documentation appears to indicate that there is both a [Load] and an [Add] option for TWD files.

http://order.ecabinetsystems.com/updates/ShopBotLinkManualDownload/ShopBot_Link_Manual.pdf - See page 5.
Brad McIntosh
CNC Automation

Home: http://www.cncautomation.com
Twitter: @bmcncautomation


Return to “eCabinet Systems Software”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Google [Bot] and 42 guests