Furniture software: design and manufacture to corner the market

furniture software

Do you ever think…there’s got to be a better way?

  • You’ve got the work coming in, perhaps too much to handle.
  • You know you’re spending too long on each job but don’t have the time to find a better way.
  • Hours designing, struggling to get accurate cut lists and plans, problems with assembly.

Got a great idea and want to expand into a new market?

  • Perhaps create your own range of off the shelf products.
  • Do you get lots of enquiries for a product but there’s no time to get it ready for production.
  • Or know a friend who is having massive success doing something you know you could do just a well or better…if you had the time.

So often it comes back to having the time.

What if we did it for you?

First of all, we’ve got the right furniture software. Polyboard allows you to design in minutes, with automatic production of 100% accurate cut lists, plans, drilling placements and CNC output.

I’ve just designed the wardrobes for 10 studio flats, all complicated and all with full cut lists and edging, in 90 minutes. That’s 2 minutes per wardrobe. Anyone not using this software really should be.

Lippy Brenig, Philip Morrison Interiors Ltd

Plus beautifully rendered 3D client presentations at the touch of a button.

furniture software design

That’s great, but what if you don’t have the time to learn how to use it and set it up. Polyboard is quick to pick up, but it’s still going to take a bit of time to get it set up just right for your way of working.

To help you, we’ve set up a new flexible service:

Our Polyboard to Production Pack

All the elements you need to get your entire production process up and running fast, accurately and error free. We’re talking reducing design to production times from weeks to days, days to hours, and hours to minutes.

  1. Design and set up models of all your units and projects
  2. Hardware and assembly methods set up
  3. Integration of the manufacturing output with your CNC or saw
  4. Training in the design and manufacturing process so you are not reliant on us long term

We can help you with all of that, or split the work areas with you.

Outcompete the competition

With a suite of presentations already in place for your customers, it’s will be much easier to stand out from the competition and get the job. As soon as it’s confirmed, you can get to production literally in minutes.

  • From order confirmation to parts cut and machined to easy assemble in record time
  • Expand your market share very quickly, this furniture software package makes your business highly scalable
  • Open up new markets fast and for a very low investment

Here’s how one company revolutionised their production process

We were approached by the logistics division of a large US based multinational, the world’s leading producer of construction and mining equipment.

The project, to design a range of heavy duty packing crates for the world wide transport and distribution of their machinery and parts.

packaging software

To ship large and heavy machine parts worldwide, this company needed to produce 100’s of heavy duty custom sized packing crates on a daily basis. Each crate or series of crates had to be made to specific sizes and standards.

Made from heavy panel and bar material, the crates were designed by manually drafting each model and creating a cutting list in an Excel spreadsheet. The cutting list was sent to the workshop to be cut on a manual circular saw.

They had already decided to invest in a HolzHer CNC saw with it’s own cutting optimisation program when they contacted us to find a better way to automate and improve the design process using Polyboard.

What was wrong with their current way of working

Our analysis of the initial production process showed that the manual process of drafting and making a cutting list in a spreadsheet was time consuming and error prone. It also showed that although all crates were made to measure, 99% of the crates produced could be reduced to around 40 basic construction types.

Our proposal

From the intial analysis it was clear that a lot of time could be saved if we could automate the drafting to cutting process. We proposed to use Polyboard to:

  • Automate the drafting process
  • Automatically create the cutting lists
  • Automatically transfer the cutting data to the Holzher CNC saw

To gain maximum automation, using Polyboard Pro PP we set up a specific set of models and manufacturing methods.

Starting from a set of 40 basic construction models built from a library of parametric pre-prepared panels Polyboard was set up to create a fully automatic system for building standard crates.

Here’s an example of the type of crate that can be generated with the system.

packing crate software

The crate construction included both heavy sheet and bar materials of varying sizes and thicknesses. The Polyboard based system automatically generated the cutting lists for both types of material. The cutting lists were exported to a spreadsheet for stock management and directly to the CNC saw for optimisation and cutting.

New production workflow

To build any specific crate the user chooses a model from the standard library and depending on the sizes of the parts to be shipped, types in the size of the inner compartments. The system produces automatically:

For the workshop

  • Production plans with numbered parts
  • Cutting lists for processing on the HolzHer CNC saw

For the management team

  • Cutting lists are sent to the companies management system for stock management
  • Pricing of all the materials

Training was easy and fast

Because of the full automation of this custom Polyboard system, training of the users was very fast and reduced to an hour’s internet training on TeamViewer.

Here’s what the project lead fed back to us on completion:

Our team were more than happy with Polyboard, but on top of that what we really appreciated was being able to commission a series of custom units to meet our exact requirements. Along with the training we received, this was a very effective way to get to the manufacturing stage as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Dan Johnson, Logistics & Distribution

Don’t think this is just for the distribution industry

Whatever business you’re in or want to get in to, it’s very easy to set up your design in Polyboard with our help if you need it. What about these ideas for starters…

Create your own range of specialist furniture

Whether that’s bedroom furniture for children, high end or budget kitchens or anything in between, fitted shelving, TV units or display cases…

specialist furniture software

Or focus on commercial storage units instead

For school, offices, shops or perhaps wine merchants…

Polyboard storage units

Do you want to start a shop and office fittings business?

Create a range of broad appeal shelving, cash desks and storage units that can work across many sectors, or specialise in a service just for shoe shops, hairdressers or opticians…

office fitting software

Completely own the dental surgery market in your area

Ready to go designs for basins, clinical work surfaces and specialist storage units and reception areas. If you offer joinery services, sell the doors and windows shown in your project presentations too!

dental surgery furniture software

Don’t forget the animals…hutches for pets

We’ll set up all your products inside our Polyboard furniture software for you. If a custom job comes in, it will take you seconds to resize and output new and 100% accurate cutting lists and plans.

animal hutch software

Bathroom cubicles if you hadn’t thought about it before

Here’s a niche sector for you. Let us help you set up all your hardware, panel materials and edging so you can manufacture bespoke units in minutes.

toilet cubicle design software

Sheds and outbuildings you can now build faster, cheaper and better than all the competition

Polyboard has huge flexibility. Set up your own garden shed business if you haven’t already!

shed software

Do you want to completely nail the market you’re in?

Or get into a new market where demand is high?

Contact us today to get started

2 Comments

  • ED STEIN

    March 20, 2017

    need software for building furniture

    • Stefan

      March 20, 2017

      Hi Ed, thanks for your message. Please register for free to download the free version of Polyboard. You can design in full with this version so it’s great to test things out before buying. The other option if you only make furniture occasionally is to use our cut list processing service. All the best, Stefan