CNC - prep work - sheet material - beginner


#1

any top tips or good extensions for converting My drawings ready to be CNC cut.
i have built a Kids play kitchen that is all built from 12mm ply, i have then copied the model and played out each component on the flat, ant good tips to get from this stage to sending file to be cut…


#2

It all depends on what software you already have for your CNC. If you have software that can read dxf files and produce G Code then all you need to do is export 3D dxf files.

If you don’t have software then you will have a lot more work to do. You need to determine what Pre and Post routines you need for your specific CNC machine. You will have to have a reasonably good understanding of G Codes and how to work with them. It also depends on how sophisticated a CNC machine that you have. Do you have a tool changer? What about vacuum hold downs? Is your machine capable of cutting the full 12 mm at a time or do you need to make multiple passes?


#3

at the moment i am just looking at sending files out to be cut…
so want to as mush of the work as possible before sending …


#4

I would normally ask for an example dxf file from the CNC shop…

import it into SU and see how it’s made…

john


#5

Talk to the shop that you are going to use to cut your ply. They will tell you how to supply your files.