I use Sketchup to model projects for a small, high-end, custom woodworking company. We do mainly cabinets that are all variations on a common type of box, but we also get some really random projects.
We just got our first CNC and are trying to figure out the best method to go from Sketchup model to CNC cut parts.
We got VCarve Pro because that allows you to import a Sketchup model, and it gives you a 2D layout of the parts. However this doesn’t tell you what the depth of rabbets / dados / pockets should be. Also the layers in VCarve are weird and not easy to work with.
I’m hearing about programs like Mozaik and Cabinetsense. I started working with Cabinetsense and it creates a ton of layers and seems like more than we need.
I most recently started learning about dynamic components as a way to make parametric parts, which I can use to create a library of parts that I can draw from. I think I like this option the best because it gives me total control over the layers etc with none of the extra functions that I will never use. I was almost thinking about writing my own program that would allow me to create my own variables (like cabinet height, cabinet depth, linking drawer box depth etc…). But I’m sure a ton of people have already encountered this situation and probably come up with good solutions.
It seems like Mozaik will cut my CNC programming time in half, but I don’t know if it’s worth it to get over the steep learning curve if we don’t do ONLY cabinets
Does anyone have experience with any of these things and can share your insights? Thanks in advance!
ps attached are some images of a few of our projects!