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Closet software advise12/29
We are a small-medium shop doing mostly closets, some wall units-cabinets. Looking to buy software for designing,cut lists,pricing cnc in the future. tried KCD a few months did not have to much time to practice. Any advise if KCD is the right choice or something else.
We've used KCD for 15 years, for designing and pricing, and it's been excellent for us. We've spend a large amount of time trying to set it up to use with our CNC, though, and have yet to be sucessful. The steps aren't intuitive, and each question requires a phone call to tech support, as KCD doesn't host a forum, which has proven a huge disadvantage vs the other software packages we've used.
Again, its been great for us aside from this, for straightforward/non-custom units. We do closets.
Thanks Bernie for you respond. So how do you send you jobs now to the CNC? Are you still trying to set it up with KCD, or using something else? To which CNC did you try to set it up? Which other software do you use? When do you use KCD and when the other software?
We do all drawings and pricing in KCD, and then manually enter units into Ecabinets to create the CNC code. Not 'screen to machine', but it's what we've settled on for now.
Machine type wasn't the issue, it was getting KCD to generate the correct DXF files for what we needed. After much effort, we were able to get files correct for basic parts. Adding any custom cuts, holes etc needed to be by KCD, which requires phone calls, emailing files back and forth etc, which is very clunky. A forum would help.
In Ecabinets I can go in any modify any cut to be made or hole to be drilled.
I am a 25 year shop owner of a company that does 2 million a year in high end cabinetry. We decided 18 months ago to begin providing custom closets to our product line. We are experienced Cabinetvision users, full CNC capability. Nevertheless, after buying the CV closet module for $1,500 it took 12 months and about $20,000 in custom programming to actually get a usable closet manufacturing product.
Closets may seem simple on the surface, but they are not. Not at the CNC level anyway, and not if you want your product line to be diverse and cater to a high end clientel.
The learning curve is long and arduous. Sales, engineering, manufacturing and installation all have important elements to be learned separate from the cabinet industry. The idea that they are complimentary industries is only partially true. I estimate that we are able to actually share only about 25% of the resources between companies.
Food for thought.
guys stop wasting time with KCD,,,i used it with enroute a few years back,,,call vero and take a demo at cabinet vision with alphacam,,,,,,,If your smart you will realize everything is available on the net for free
Ben, I work for KCD Software doing tech support. You can always call and schedule an online demo and our salesman can go over the Closet CNC software and see if it's right for you and your needs. The technical support for KCD is free, so if you have any questions you can contact us and we'll help you. We are constantly improving our software, including the Closet CNC software to better meet our clients needs.
I work for Digital Artflow and we have the Wardrobe Application. You can go for a trial first to see if it fits.