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Post processor output for CNC machines

In this video we’ll take a look at Polyboard’s CNC manufacturing output. Polyboard Pro PP includes a range of post processors to output the files that your CAM software needs to run your CNC machine.

What’s really good about the post processors in Polyboard is that you can configure them to match your specific machine’s set up.

That means you don’t have to make any adjustments in your CAM software, you just import the files from Polyboard to automatically create the code to run your machine.

This saves a lot of time.

We show you the DXF post processor which can be integrated with virtually any CAM software and CNC machine.

We also mention integrations for Biesse, Homag, Felder, SCM/Morbidelli and TpaCAD for Vitap and others.

Update: there is also a NC-HOPS post processor that works well with Holz-her and other brands.

More information and sample file download

Sample output is available on the Polyboard download page.

Please also check out our CNC integration guides for more information, or contact us to discuss your requirements.

The video content follows below

To begin with, we can access the list of post processors by going to the File menu and clicking on >Post-Processor Options.

In the menu we’ve got post processors for Felder machines, Biesse, TpaCAD for BeatUp and other brands, woodWOP post processors for Homag, and Xilog for SCM and Morbidelli machines.

Brand specific post processors

Let’s take a closer look at a Biesse post processor. Click on BiesseNest CIX, and scroll down the menu options listed on the right of it.

Look at the Tools section. Any machining that involves drilling is automatically identified by the CAM software so we don’t need to configure that, therefore it’s not listed here. However, other machining operations like Profiling, Groove, Mortiser, Chamfer and Inner Tooling, these do need to be configured.

Each of your machine’s tools will have a specific tool name or number which you enter here in the settings. Getting that set-up is the key element of the integration.Once you’ve done that, your CAM software will automatically assign the right tool for each type of machining.

You can also find here additional parameters for Axis Speed m/min (which is the feed rate) or Rotation Speed (rpm). Normally these are configured on the machine so you don’t need to enter them here.

There are also extra parameters to fine tune how the various machining operations are carried out. Groove and Mortise have additional parameters for example. And at the top of the options you can find some general parameters.

For example there is Export and to the right of it are 2 options for All Parts and Tooled Parts. You would want to export all parts if you are using a nesting CNC as it cuts and machines all parts in one operation. However, if you have a point-to-point CNC, this only does the machining, so you only need to export parts that have the machining (the tooled parts).

Multi use DXF post processor

If you don’t see your configuration or machine in the list, you can also use our DXF post processor. In the Post-Processor List, there are some DXF post processors. The DXF post processor file format can be configured so that the CAM software will automatically create the code to run your machine. You won’t have to manually set-up and add the tool paths each time.

If we click on the DXF VCarve post processor we can see the options listed to the right. There are some general parameters and the ability to fine tune the machining operations in various ways. Let’s focus on the Tool Paths which is the most important section. If you click on the + symbol to open up Panel, Outline, Vertical Drilling, Horizontal Drilling, Groove, you can see adjustable options and measurements.

Each DXF file is made up of layers, with each layer corresponding to a particular tooling operation on your machine. All you need to do is name the layer to correspond to the required CAM software input. This usually implies inserting a tool number and related tooling information. Please refer to your machine manual on how to do so. The layer name will then be recognized by your CAM software and will automatically assign the right tool for your machining.

When you want to output the files for your CAM software, open Project Mode and click on the File menu. Next click on >Post-Processor Export and select the post processor you want to use, as well as a location to save the files to, and click OK. The report will be generated and when you click OK again, everything is completed.

So, coupled with Polyboard’s design capabilities, the result is a very fast and efficient manufacturing process. The team at Wood Designer will also be happy to help you with any part of the set-up process if needed.

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