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Getting polyboard cutlist into enroute
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February 11, 2016 - 8:30 am
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Hi Mike,

You can just type in any layer name you want per machine operation.

When you click the “…”, The list of layer names are variables that can be added to the typed in name.

For instance, you want a to set up a specific layer for each hole drilled according to the diameter of the hole.

You want the layer name to be Vdrill,diameter of hole,depth of hole, and the name of the face of the panel that’s it’s drilled on.

to do this, in the vertical drilling parameter, you change the text   to Vdrill click the “…” and add the variables , , , :

the resulting layer name for an 8mm hole will be Vdrill8.0_10.0_01 and Polyboard will create a layer for each different hole type :

Here’s a DXF PP setup for using with Vcarve :

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Hope this is helpful.

If you need help setting up your pp you might consider using one of our 1-2-1 training packs.

You can buy training packs here:…..g-service/

All the best,


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February 10, 2016 - 7:28 am
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Hi Ness,

Thanks for reply. I have setup the file and this is working well. Polyboard really is powerful if you know how to use it.

1 further question i have relates to layers for the dxf files.  I can see that post processor layer options can be changed but there is only a few layers there. 

Does Polyboard, Opticut or Optinest allow me to specify all the layers for a particular part? For eg i have a door front which uses hinges. I currently have to open dxf in autocad, set the outline of panel as outline layer, i need to set 35mm hinge hole as 1 layer and the screw holes for hinge another layer. Manually assigning layer names takes extremely long time when dealing with hundreds of parts. 

In some cases i have 10 layers on a drawing so the few in post processor arent suitable for me.

How do others set their layers for machining?

Thanks so much, this is a great resource and why i keep paying for it.


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Hi Mike, if you do go for a training package, the most appropriate in this case would be the 1-2-1 support pack, 1 hour or 5 hours. All the best, Stefan

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February 5, 2016 - 8:24 am
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Hi Mike,

I don’t have any experience in setting up Enroute but as Polyboard txt output is very easy to configure you should be able to set it up for exporting to most 3rd party software packages.

If Enroute can import a text file and create labels and it’s not reading the Polyboard files, it’s probably because the file fields are badly organised.

To organise the fields you must first know how Enroute is set up to read the fields.

When you know the expected field order use the Polyboard cutting list options to set up the export file to the same order.

Depending the circumstances you can also use the PP-Report.txt file that can also be set up as a cutting list. As this file is written when you export the post processor files you don’t have to export a separate cutting list file.

Note that another advantage of the PP-Report files is that you can also insert empty or custom fields, sometimes needed for certain software packages that have fixed field formats.

This also enables you to set up the cutting list files separately for creating spread sheet documents etc.

Note that you can also set up the cutting lists to synchronize with the pp export automatically.

Most people using Polyboard don’t realise the power of these options to create a really streamlined work flow. But if you get to know how to use them they can make a manufacturing process extremely fast and efficient. It can just takes a few hours and some reflexion on organisational processes to reduce manufacturing time and errors enormously.

Well set up Polyboard is very well adapted to big industry and mass production organisation as well as small shop production.

If you need help setting all this up don’t hesitate to ask on this forum.

You could also consider buying one of our training packages. In this way I can actually take your computer in hand using Team Viewer and walk you through the setup.

To buy a training package :…..g-service/

All the best,


February 4, 2016 - 12:18 pm
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Hi All,

I am looking for a solution where I can export a cutting list from Polyboard into the Automatic Tool Path feature in Enroute.

I am currently just importing the DXF files made from polyboard into enroute but this does not allow me to create labels for my parts. I am in desperate need of labelling my parts but must use Enroute.

If I have a Cut list file in txt, enroute allows me to import the parts and then create labels. I have exported the cutlist file from polyboard as txt using default settings however enroute cannot read the format. Does anyone know how to do this or what format the file needs to be in?

Thank you for your advice.


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