eCabinet Systems version 6.0 Build 1 is now available

Posted by Jason Susnjara on Mon, Jan 11, 2010

Tags: Thermwood, eCabinet Systems, CNC, software, software update, CNC output, Announcements, Product Information

 

eCabinet Systems version 6.0 Build 1 is now available. This latest version of eCabinet Systems is available as a download only. No disc is required. It is a full install. It will either update your existing version of eCabinet Systems or complete a full install.

To obtain this version, click on the link below. Save this file to your computer then double click it to run.


Full Installation/Upgrade:
http://order.ecabinetsystems.com/updates/eCabinetSystems6-0Build6.asp
(113 Mb)


NOTE: Fresh installations (not upgrades) do NOT include pull, wood product, or lazy susan store entries. So to have access to these 3D objects you must download and install them from the following links. If this installer is used on a pc that already contains eCabinet Systems then the 3D files are already on your pc and these downloads are not needed.

Pulls:
http://order.ecabinetsystems.com/updates/PullsV6.asp

Wood Products:
http://order.ecabinetsystems.com/updates/WoodComponentsV6.asp

Lazy Susan:
http://order.ecabinetsystems.com/updates/LazySusanV6.asp



Features available in version 6.0 Build 1:

- Full install downloadable. No disk is required.

- Vista & Windows 7 compatible

- Windows 64 bit compatible

- Ability to save Cabinets and Assemblies in a location other than that specified by the installation.

- Improved cabinet construction and Part Editor operation recognition. Problems in previous versions where Part Editor cuts can not hit a construction operation should not exist any longer.

- Ability to add hardware components. This means that the old Members Store is completely removed. The only items that are kept from the old store are those with 3d objects. These components are pulls, wood components, lazy susan & moldings. (To obtain these components on a fresh installation you will need to download them with the links provided above. NOTE: Moldings are already included in the install.) An additional field has been added for Distributors. If you load a job, cabinet or assembly that has a component from the old store you will be asked to add or alter this component with a New Hardware dialog. NOTE: Moldings can not be added or manipulated in this version.

- Item Window for quick access to cabinets,assemblies,doors,drawers,display items for the Room and Cabinet Editor. This supports dual screen systems as well.

- Drawer Box parts can be modified in the Part Editor and Constraint Manager

- Stretchers from the Stretcher Editor can be modified in the Part Editor and Constraint Manager

- A new buy list is available in the Item Window. There is one for the entire job and one for a single cabinet. This buy list can be exported for a means to create a purchase order.

- Export/Import in CSV format for hardware items. This offers a quick means for altering pricing on all your components in Excel.

- CNC Output immediately creates twd for current job. The batching jobs CNC Output is now only available when there are no items in the room or batch area.

- Ability to Nest the items in the Cabinet Editor by clicking Nested Output when in Cabinet Editor


NOTE:
If downloading the install is not an option, an install cd may be purchased online HERE

The fee for the installation cd will be $30.00 (Shipping Not Included)

Thermwood demonstrates the CabinetShop 43 at WMS Expo in Toronto, Canada

Posted by Duane Marrett on Thu, Sep 24, 2009

Tags: Thermwood, eCabinet Systems, CNC, control nesting, New, CNC Routers, Productivity, Nested Base, Trade Shows, edgebanding, CabinetShop, Model 43, Cabinet, High Performance, cabinets, nested based, QuickCut, 43, Low Cost, Easy, edgebander, CNC Automation, WMS, Fravol

Today is the first day at the WMS show in Toronto where our Canadian Dealer, CNC Automation has a very nice booth with a couple of Thermwood CNC Routers including the New CabinetShop43. We are continualy adding pictures from the show to our TwitPic account. You can view them here:

http://www.twitpic.com/photos/thermwood

You can also follow Thermwood, CNC Automation and the WMS show on our twitter page or blog:

http://www.twitter.com/thermwood

The booth consists of two Thermwood routers, CabinetShop45 and CabinetShop43., and two Fravol Edgebanders, S4 and S7.  They are demonstrating eCabinet Systems and QuickCut on the CS43, cutting random cabinets and 20-20 Technologies is sending files to the CS45.

The CS45 is also creating furniture for Canada's Habitat for Humanity. Once the parts are cut on the machine, they will get edgebanding, finished and assembled right there in the booth, so there are other secondary type of machines within the booth.

 Here are a couple of pics of the CNC Automation /Thermwood booth at the opening of the show:

 Thermwood Booth at the strart of the WMS Expo in Toronto, Canada

Assembling cabinets cut on the CabinetShop 43 at the WMS Expo in Toronto, Canada

 

Thermwood Production Sharing Members added to Google Earth

Posted by Duane Marrett on Thu, Aug 13, 2009

Tags: Thermwood, eCabinet Systems, CNC Routers, 3 Axis, 5 Axis, Announcements, Production Sharing, Google Earth

Thermwood Production Sharing Members Mapped in Google Earth

 A cool thing we've just completed is adding our Production Sharing Members to Google Earth.  Google Earth is a free download, and once you have it, you can click on the Production Sharing Members map of your choice and view all of the Members that list their services on an interactive map.  This tool allows you see see at a glance Members who are in your area.

For more information, please visit the Production Sharing Area our website.

About Production Sharing - This is a free listing service that Thermwood offers any of our CNC Router Owners where they can list their production services and allows any eCabinet Systems Member or other interested parties to contact these Production Sharing Members and have their jobs machined out on a CNC Router quickly and cost-effectively. 

Panel Saw & CNC Router for High Volume Cabinet Production

Posted by Jason Susnjara on Tue, May 19, 2009

Tags: Thermwood, eCabinet Systems, CNC, software, control nesting, CNC Routers, Nested Base, Technology, Cabinet, manufacturing, panel saws

 

A CNC panel saw coupled with a machining center is the most common production arrangement for higher volume cabinet production. Nested based machining is more productive in lower volume shops but hasn't offered enough throughput for larger shops. Now there is a way to combine the best of both approaches to achieve even higher throughput and higher productivity.

The idea is simple but the technology to achieve it has been elusive until now. The basic approach is to use the panel saw to cut rectangular parts that do not require additional machining and use a CNC router to cut parts that require machining using a nested based approach. As simple as the idea sounds, it offers some significant benefits.

  1. You only need to cut parts on the panel saw that don't require additional machining. Less panel saw labor.
  2. You don't need to sort parts at the panel saw that need additional machining since they are not cut there. Even less labor.
  3. You don't need to transfer parts from the panel saw to the machining center.
  4. At the CNC router, you load full sheets of material instead of identifying, selecting programs, handling and setting up each part, one at a time. Much faster.
  5. During the machining cycle the operator has time to do other operations such as edge banding which is not possible if you are handling one part at a time.

The technology to do this now exists and in a very refined form. For example the system can easily do the following:

  1. Automatically separate rectangular parts and send them to the optimizer and send all machined parts to the CNC router.
  2. Automatically nest the job at the machine control accommodating whatever material is available.
  3. Print nest diagrams and part labels at the machine control.
  4. Trim and bar code scrap for later use.
  5. Easily re-cut a damaged part or add it to the next job right at the machine.

This approach offers more throughput, smoother operation with less labor and less chance for operator error and implementing it is rather easy. You will keep your panel saw, since our software will work with virtually any panel saw optimizer. Replace your machining center with a CNC router. We will program your product line into our manufacturing software which will work directly with your existing cabinet sales software. That's it, you are ready to run.

This approach is especially attractive if you need to replace your existing machining center. Our large table, nested based CNC systems are about the same price as traditional machining centers but, are a lot more productive and offer better throughput.

eCabinet Systems Online Training Special

Posted by Duane Marrett on Mon, Apr 27, 2009

Tags: eCabinet Systems, Announcements, Training, Incentive, Cost, Special

eCabinet Systems All New Website

We expect to officially release the extensive eCabinet Systems online training program by mid-May and are continuously adding sections up to that point.

A one year subscription to the eCabinet Systems Online Training program costs $950, and includes a hard copy of the 700 page Nearly Complete Guide to eCabinet Systems. After the first year, the training subscription can be extended for $350 per year.

About the Course:

We currently have 20 hours of tutorials available with the program, and more is being added everyday. The training course covers all subjects taught in Thermwood's week long eCabinet Systems Training Program without the travel and lodging costs.

This is an extensive, detailed course that will guide you through every function and capability of this extraordinary software. It is presented in clear, easy to understand language that will unleash the incredible power of eCabinet Systems.

To view more information or purchase the eCabinet Systems Online Training -
Please Click Here

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Thermwood Links eCabinet Systems to ShopBot

Posted by Jason Susnjara on Wed, Apr 08, 2009

Tags: Thermwood, eCabinet Systems, software, New, CNC Routers, Woodworking, Announcements, Cabinet, Shopbot, cooperative, optimize

Dale, IN April 7, 2009: -- Thermwood Corporation, a leading supplier of CNC routers and founder of eCabinet Systems, the world's largest cooperative of custom cabinet shops, announced the availability of a ShopBot Link that will allow CNC output from its eCabinet Systems software to operate ShopBot CNC routers. The ShopBot Link software program, available from Thermwood, accepts a .twd output file from eCabinet Systems, nests the parts and creates properly formatted files for the ShopBot control.

The new program is the result of a joint effort between Thermwood and ShopBot to expand the use of CNC in the cabinet and custom furniture business. The availability of highly capable but free design software that can output to entry level CNC routers should speed the acceptance of this technology in the marketplace and should ultimately expand the market for everyone.

Thermwood has recently restructured the eCabinet Systems program and added free access to a large collection of cabinet, furniture, closet and carving libraries. These designs, including the carvings, can now be machined on ShopBot CNC routers. For additional information see http://www.ecabinetsystems.com/.

Thermwood Restructures eCabinet Systems Program

Posted by Jason Susnjara on Wed, Apr 08, 2009

Tags: Thermwood, eCabinet Systems, software, CNC Routers, Woodworking, Announcements, Shopbot, cabinets, cooperative, panel saws, tigerstop

Dale, IN April 7, 2009: -- Thermwood Corporation, a leading supplier of CNC routers and founder of eCabinet Systems, the world's largest cooperative of custom cabinet shops, announced that it has restructured the eCabinet Systems program to broaden its appeal and make the software easier to learn.

In addition to continuing to offer the design software free to manufacturers and professional cabinet builders, a major new feature of the restructuring is free access to a collection of cabinet, furniture, closet and carving libraries. " These libraries mean that most users can just download and build without having to first learn the software and create their own libraries", says Thermwood's Vice President of Marketing Jason Susnjara. "We also offer a program to modify these libraries or create all new libraries for individual customers if they want".

For those that want an in-depth understanding of the software Thermwood has developed an extensive web based training program modeled after its successful week long software class. Access to the program is on a subscription basis and Thermwood plans a continuous program of additions and enhancements.

Another major departure from the past is the ability to output code to machines other than Thermwood. Two interface modules have been announced; one to ShopBot CNC routers and one that sends rectangular parts from a job to an optimized panel saw and sends cut-to-length parts to a TigerStop. Thermwood believes these two additions will expand the program by allowing smaller shops to begin using low cost CNC routers and supporting higher volume, panel saw production for larger shops. Thermwood has established an all new eCabinet Systems web site, http://www.ecabinetsystems.com/ to support the restructured program.

 

 

Our New Cabinetmaking Advertisement

Posted by Duane Marrett on Fri, Feb 20, 2009

Tags: Thermwood, eCabinet Systems, CNC, Advertisement, Woodworking, 3 Axis, Cabinet

Check it out:

Modern Custom Cabinetmaking

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Color Coded Labels

Posted by Duane Marrett on Thu, Feb 12, 2009

Tags: eCabinet Systems, New, Productivity, Labels, Color

Color Coded Labels are a new development from Thermwood Corporation to help increase your productivity.  Here is an excerpt:

A typical nested based job consists of perhaps hundreds of parts representing dozens of cabinets, all intertwined in a series of nests. The first task is to separate the parts into individual cabinets.

This is normally done by placing labels on each part. Each label has a text statement with the cabinet name. Simply read the name and sort the cabinets by those names.

While this sounds simple, it actually takes quite some time. You must read each label (even this is a problem if your worker can’t read or speak English). Then you must read the labels on the stacks of cabinets you are sorting to find the matching name. This reading takes time and cabinets have similar names so mistakes are pretty easy to make.

Thermwood’s new patent pending approach prints a color bar on each label with a different color for each cabinet. Put the red parts with the red parts and the green parts with the green parts. This simple idea allows you to sort cabinet two to three times faster. This offers a significant productivity improvement.

Color Coded Labels

 Color Coded Labels

 

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Assembly Marks

Posted by Duane Marrett on Thu, Feb 12, 2009

Tags: eCabinet Systems, Productivity, Cabinet, Assembly Marks

We have developed a significant new improvement to productivity - Assembly Marks.  Below is an excerpt of this exciting new process:

Assembly MarksAnother even more significant productivity improvement involves actually putting the cabinets together. Simple cabinets are not all that difficult to assemble so major productivity improvement is not likely but as the cabinet design becomes more complex, major productivity improvements are possible. Once fixed partitions, shelves or other features are added to a cabinet, determining exactly how to assemble the parts can become difficult. Generally you must create and print assembly drawings and even with these drawings, the process of sorting out the structure can take significant time.

Thermwood’s approach (also patent pending) machines assembly marks into each joint which define which part mates with which part. These marks are hidden once the parts are assembled. Assembly drawings aren’t needed and in fact, totally non-skilled workers can easily and quickly assemble even the most complex cabinets. One shop owner asked his cleanup man to assemble a cabinet as a test. This totally unskilled “cabinetmaker” assembled the cabinet quickly and accurately with no drawings or instructions. For most jobs this represents a productivity improvement that could rival that realized for the machining process itself.

 

Assembly MarksSo when looking for productivity improvements from CNC routers look to the supporting or peripheral processes and the impact you could have on downstream processes. Right now, today, that’s where the greatest return can be found.

Note: Thermwood has applied for patent protection on the assembly marks, color and symbol coding of labels and the supporting software for these. They will provide a royalty free license under any patents issued for any parts made on a Thermwood CNC router and has offered a royalty free license to software developers for file output to Thermwood CNC routers.

 

 

 Assembly Marks

 

 

 

Assembly Marks

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