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Stefan

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If you’ve got PolyBoard Pro PP (the version of PolyBoard with CNC output), there is a very powerful new feature available in the latest version, PolyBoard 7.05a:

New post processor split feature

This enables you to output a project using multiple post processors. It brings some major advantages whenever CNC machining needs to be done in more than one operation.

You can set filters to determine which elements of your projects are managed by which post processor.

Here’s an example, using multiple Xilog post processors:

Let’s say you have a cabinet in melamine that needs a specific tool for profiling the larger parts, and these also need to be rotated. Other parts don’t require the rotation. And yet other parts, let’s say the MDF façades, require a different tool.

Filters can be created to use different Xilog post processor configurations for each but they are all contained within a single overarching super post processor.

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Previously you would have to output the project 3 times using those 3 different Xilog post processor set ups, then sort through and locate the correct file you wanted for each part.

The split feature is a big time saver and eliminates the risk of human error.

Another example using post processors for different CNCs together:

Here the project outputs in part to Xilog (SCM/Morbidelli CNCs) and in part to BiesseWorks (Biesse CNCs). Ideal if you have 2 separate CNCs each more suited to specific elements of your manufacturing, or in cases where you need to subcontract parts of your project to another CNC service.

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Benefits when nesting:

Specifically when machining double sided parts or edge drilling on another CNC machine. Here, the second face or the edge drilling can be sent to a separate post processor.

Other changes

Since our last post on this thread there have also been 2 minor updates to PolyBoard, 7.04e and PolyBoard 7.04f.

These addressed some minor bug fixes and the following features:

  • Customized tools option (reference 17/7/20 post) is now available in the DXF post processor.
  • Residual thickness option and ability to set a different tool for the final pass.
  • Enhanced flexibility of the data range feature (reference 17/7/20 post) to adjust the positioning of hardware as well as the choice of hardware itself.
  • The ability to customise a range of orientations within the Xilog post processor, see below:

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PolyBoard is available to download here

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PolyBoard 7.04d: correction of a minor bug in the post processor set up.

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We are pleased to announce that the newly released PolyBoard 7.04b is now available and includes a new generation of post processors.

EDIT 30/07/20 : minor update 7.04c has now been released to fix a DXF inner tooling/groove issue.

This development supports our goal to maintain PolyBoard as one of the best design to manufacturing solutions on the market.
That means reliable and automated output of your cut list, plans and CNC files every time.

The developer team have completely re-written PolyBoard’s post processors using a new coding system which will enable us to add a host of new features in the future.

For now, we have a range of updates to announce, more will follow. These primarily relate to CNC production:

1. Enhanced machining flexibility with a new Tool Identifiers library to enable you to use different tools for machining operations of the same type.
For example, cut a rectangle in a panel with one tool but cut a circle with a different tool.

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The library is sorted by machining type:

  • Milling
  • Sawing
  • Pocketing
  • Drilling

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2. For SCM CNC machine users using PolyBoard’s post processor to export Xilog files, it’s now possible to export a machine file per panel face.

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3. The NC-HOPS post processor now allows a user defined default drilling code and tool name to speed up production management.

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4. There is a new Data Range feature that allows you to place a specific hardware according to the size of the panel or the space available inside a cabinet.

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This is used in conjunction with the Fitting Links.

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5. A new Purge Command which automatically deletes unnecessary links created in a Fitting Links sub-method.

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6. This release has also fixed issues with DXF exports, edges application whilst using face frames, and the Regular Drillings sub-method.

If you need further advice on any of these features, please ask on the forum.

Thanks for reading.

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Hi everyone. We have a number of minor updates to report:

  • 7.01n – to fix a plinth positioning bug
  • 7.01q – corner cabinet fix when editing using the free shape tool so the shelf is calculated correctly
  • 7.01r – fix when opening the bar library
  • 7.01s, 7.01t – incorporation of new antivirus certification controls, alleviating recent false positive warnings and related issues
  • 7.02, 7.02a – fix for management of framed structures
  • 7.02b – fix for drawer front structures anomaly
  • 7.02c – fix for 3D display of drawers and fittings

Thank you to all those who reported issues, and for your patience whilst we’ve addressed them.

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Hi again, quick follow up post…

In fact the latest version is PolyBoard 7.01m. This minor update from 7.01k includes a single bug fix which stopped one of our models from opening correctly (metal-wood-dining-room).

Thanks

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Hi all,

A new version of PolyBoard 7.01k is available for download on our website as usual.

Just to confirm again, please do not uninstall your current version. Just install the new version which automatically replaces your current version.

For those who have not yet done so, please subscribe to this topic by clicking on the Subscribe button at the bottom of the page. You’ll then automatically receive an email notification when this forum thread is updated.

This release covers both fixes and improvements.

Fixes first:

  • It fixes a bug during export when the grain direction option is activated, now the machined faces have priority.
  • It also corrects anomalies that caused PolyBoard to close when deleting materials when using the Modify Style function (Magic Wand).

And now improvements:

  • A small modification was made in the order of application of the sub-methods so that the sub-method Assembled Parts applies before the Materials Style and so before the structure as well (new tab added since the version 7). Until now, the structure was deleted when the Assembled Parts sub-method was applied.
  • When saving version 6 settings and restoring in version 7, PolyBoard did not respect the sort order of the sub-methods if you had changed the order in version 7. This feature has been improved and the sort order is respected, especially useful for drawer sub-methods.

Anomaly in QuickDesign Libraries:

There is an error in the drawer naming within the Tools > Preferences > Facade Components > Drawer settings. The names do not correspond to the names of the sub-methods that define the drawer dimensions (see image).

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This creates an error in the design of the drawer.

In principle the correct order corresponding to the correct drawer size is the one below:

Drawer 1 > 400
Drawer 2 > 450
Drawer 3 > 500
Drawer 4 > 550

Until this error is corrected, you can make the change yourself in the Tools > Preferences menu if you wish.

Thank you for taking the time to read this briefing note and see you soon.

The Wood Designer Team

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Polyboard 7.01g is now available to download. This fixes an issue to do with the placement of hardware in drawer construction, see the image below showing the issue on the left, then the fix on the right in the latest version. Thanks

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We have released a series of minor updates to Polyboard: 7.01d, 7.01d1, 7.01e and the latest 7.01f, currently available for download on our website.

These address some fixes around single panels edging, in how the post processor exports were managed, and finally in relation to how duplicate models were created within Project Mode.

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Hi everyone,

Just a quick note to say Polyboard 7.01c is now available for download on the website. It fixes an issue the previous version had in using double backs in lateral zones.

All the best,

Carole

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Hi everyone,

Just a quick note to inform you that Polyboard 7.01b is now downloadable on our website.
This update addresses several minor bugs with the new version.

All the best

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