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Felder / Vitap / Brema CNC integration with PolyBoard

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polyboard design for felder cnc
Design in PolyBoard, output .TCN files
export from polyboard to tpacad
Load .TCN files into TpaCAD
export files to your cnc machine
For easy transfer to your CNC machine

Output your completed PolyBoard project in TpaCAD’s native .tcn files, complete with hardware and assembly details ready for machining

An incredibly quick and accurate way to generate the machine code for your CNC.

Format4 output for Felder CNCs

This page focuses on the .tcn output required for TpaCAD, which is compatible with many Felder machines as well at Vitap and Brema.

However PolyBoard also outputs .f4g files for Felder machines using the Format4 software.

vitap k2 working with polyboard

We bought our first PolyBoard in 1998 and quickly found that it was perfectly suited to the work we do and we just haven’t looked back since…we can now send the PolyBoard post processor files directly to the Vitap machine to automatically drill and cut our PolyBoard panels.

Pierre-Olivier Grosjean, Grosjean Concept Bois
(PolyBoard Pro PP + Vitap K2 CNC)

Streamlined production

PolyBoard Pro PP has a purpose built post processor for Felder, Vitap and Biesse Brema CNC machines.

So PolyBoard itself will output native TpaCAD .tcn files. Simply load these into TpaCAD to create the code you need to run your CNC. This results in an extremely efficient and error free integration.

Once you have a finished design project from PolyBoard, in a matter of seconds you can generate all the files required to machine your parts.

polyboard's felder post processor
TpaCAD post processor inside PolyBoard – huge flexibility to accommodate your specific workflow requirements

Whether you have a horizontal or vertical CNC, our post processor will drop neatly into your production workflow. It is highly configurable as well so you can adjust the settings to mirror exactly how you like to work.

For example, directly within PolyBoard you can manage drill banks, and adjust the tool rotation speed, feed speed and the tool number.

Take your manufacturing to another level…

Drilling (part by part) CNCs

If you cut your parts before you machine them, you’ll be using a part by part CNC machine.

This workflow really benefits if you add cutting optimisation into the mix. In a matter of seconds, our cutting optimisation software OptiCut takes the cut list from PolyBoard and generates a cut map to minimise waste and speed up the cutting process on your saw.

OptiCut works with manually operated saws but also has its own post processors to run a CNC saw if this is your preferred way of working.

opticut's cutting map
OptiCut’s sequenced cutting optmisation

We have a nice video here showing how well PolyBoard and OptiCut work in combination with a Mayer Kappa beam saw and Felder’s Creator 950 drilling CNC:

OptiCut integration with your CNC saw

Nesting CNCs

The alternative is to use a nesting CNC machine. The parts are cut and machined at the same time, there’s no need for a saw. However, you will need to nest the parts, again as efficiently as possible to minimise cut time and material waste.

Felder H80 nesting CNC

Some CAM software comes with a nesting module. If it doesn’t or it is a bit too basic for your needs, it is very easy to add OptiNest into your workflow as it combines perfectly with PolyBoard.

Its core nesting algorithm offers excellent results in terms of both time and waste management. It also crucially includes a labelling feature and stock/off cut management that you may not otherwise have access to.

nesting map in optinest
OptiNest’s nesting map and labels

Further details comparing ‘point to point’ CNC machines with nesting

Sample output to test with your CNC

The free version of PolyBoard doesn’t allow output of the manufacturing details so we’ve provided a test project below. Included are the cut list and plans, labels and post processor output files.

Load up the .tcn files into TpaCAD for testing. Sample .f4g files are available too for Felder’s Format4 software.

Manufacturing sample files

You’ll be able to load the .tcn/.f4g files into TpaCAD/Format4. However, you won’t be able to run your CNC until PolyBoard’s post processor is set up to recognise your tool path numbers or codes.

Need advice or help with your set up?

PolyBoard works very well with Felder, Vitap and Brema CNCs. The real strength of the configuration comes from PolyBoard’s Quick Design libraries of manufacturing details.

Focus on design, then instantly apply your preferred hardware and other assembly details. These are applied immediately to your project and output in the machine code for your CNC.

Our libraries include a large range of popular hardware and fittings, plus many more manufacturing pre-sets. They are growing all the time and should contain everything you need.

However you can easily customise the libraries to mirror your exact production process. Alternatively we can do that for you, please check out our PolyBoard Library Set Up service for more details.

Contact us to discuss your options or to arrange a PolyBoard demo

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