DXF post processor parameters

PolyBoard has an extensive range of post processors that can be flexibly configured to work with practically any CNC machine. This includes both well-known branded machines with their own specific file formats (native files are output from PolyBoard) and direct G-code machines using an external CAM software that require DXF files.

If you are utilizing one of our native file format post processors, normally the CNC software will read the file and apply the correct tool and toolpath for immediate manufacturing. Many of the settings in PolyBoard are available but not required. Depending on the CNC software, a coded layer DXF input is also possible.

Direct G-code machines require DXF files of each part that are read by an external CAM software. The operator can apply the required toolpath configuration and tools. After this, the files are processed in the CAM software to generate the G-code that runs the machine. With PolyBoard’s ability to name the layers within the DXF file, this process can be automated e.g. by creating a toolpath template based on layer recognition using VCarve CAM software.

We focus here on the DXF post processor.

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Below we describe the parameters of the DXF post processor. Many of the general parameters will apply to the native file post processors too.

General parameters


dxf post processor settings

Post processor

Select the type of post processor (DXF or OptiNest).

The OptiNest type is used in conjunction with our optimisation software OptiNest.

Default Folder

Select a destination folder for the output files from the post processor.

A specific folder can be chosen relating to your file organization.

Project Export Folder(s)

Define the folder export type requested.

  • All files in one folder (point-to-point manufacturing + no sorting)
  • One folder per cabinet (point-to-point manufacturing + part sorting per cabinet)
  • One folder per material (Nesting manufacturing + sorting per material type)

This setting also depends on the applied manufacturing organization and machines.

Export File Name

Type of file name outputted.

  • Standard Name (Reference & Number), e.g. Top_1_f1.dxf
  • Number Only (follows the cutting list number), e.g. 1_f1.dxf

This option also refers to the options in the Tools > Preferences > Parts references menu.

File Format

Written format type of the file.

  • Default
  • Without Accents and without special Characters

Depends on the CNC software and the ability to manage special characters.


Type of export.

All parts can be exported, or only parts that contain tooling operations. Depends on the CNC setup.

  • All parts (nesting or point-to-point with oversize for profiling)
  • Tooled Parts (point-to-point or vertical CNC)

Tool Faces Export

Type of face export.

Allows you to export one file per face OR one file per part.

  • One single exported File per Part (6-sided vertical CNC or nesting CNC)
  • One exported File per Face (5-sided vertical CNC or point-to-point)


Output Dimensions.

  • Overall dimensions (with pre-mill edgebander)
  • Net dimensions (no pre-mill edgebander)


Output orientation of the parts according to the machine requirements or constraints

In conventional mode, the front edges of the cabinet would face to the right (or left).

In parts rotation mode, the front edges will face forward or backwards.

Additional reversal options are available! Example: with invert rotation of all the parts in rotation mode, the back edge is passed to the front of the machine.

  • Conventional
  • Parts rotation
  • Grain direction (horizontal)
  • Grain Direction (vertical)
  • Grain Direction (vertical Nesting)
  • Horizontal max dimension

Available options depending on the type of rotation (used for machine constraints):

  • Height max
  • Width max
  • Invert rotation (all parts and/or doors)


polyboard dxf post processor machine settings

Panel Origin

Defines the origin as the panel’s top on Z0 (0) or the bottom (Thickness).

Decimal Symbol

Standard set on point.

By layer coding, another decimal separator might be needed depending on the software, e.g. Masterwood requires P as a decimal separator.

Sort Toolings

Indicates the order in which the tooling is applied to the parts.

For example, first, all the drilling operations and lastly, the profiling.

Overall base panel

polyboard dxf post processor overall base panel settings

Can be ignored or exported in the DXF file. This depends on the application using the DXF. Some software requires this panel to define the part size.

If exported, other parameters such as orientation, layer names (+ variables), colour and line type can be defined according to the required output format.

DXF entity contains the layer name that can be given with additional variables if needed.

Machine operations


polyboard dxf post processor outline settings

General parameters to control the outline cut (profiling) of the parts.

The following parameters are explained further below:

Profiling reference

Positioning the oversize on the panel to be profiled.

Export the whole outline

Full or partial outline export.


Drawing direction of the vector.

Starting point

Position of the start of profiling in the centre or a corner of the part.

Tool vertical overlap

Tool protrusion beyond the panel.

Residual thickness

Creates a pre-cut with the profiling tool (other pass(es)) and therefore leaves a thickness for the final cut.

Activate if this value is greater than 0 mm; mainly useful for cutting on bleeding boards or the use of two reverse cutting tools for cutting melamine.

Tool Lead in

Lead-in mode for the circular tool.

Radial in green or straight > Linear in blue.

cnc tool lead in drawing

Profiling overlap

Distance from the part of the lead-in.


polyboard dxf post processor chamfer mitre settings

Default tool management for machining mitre cuts.

Three possible options:

  • Tip down: tip (longest part) longest forced downwards
  • Indifferent: the position of the part will be determined by other related parameters
  • Ignore: to cut the workpiece at a right angle; chamfer is not exported

Inner Tooling

polyboard dxf post processor inner tooling settings

Default tool management for inner tooling.

Through Toolings

Either grouped to avoid flipping or respected for tool constraints, for example with a tool that only works in downward cutting.

Inner Tooling (Horizontal)

polyboard dxf post processor horizontal inner tooling settings

Default management of horizontal inner tooling application.

Vertical Drilling

polyboard dxf post processor vertical drilling settings
  • Opposite drillings: group opposite drillings or keep the drillings on each face
  • Through overlap: the value of the drilling depth beyond the panel
  • Maximum drilling diameter: the diameter from which drilling is converted to an inner tooling

Horizontal Drilling

polyboard dxf post processor horizontal drilling settings


polyboard dxf post processor groove settings
  • Recess of non-through grooves: allows extension of non-through grooves for assembly purposes
  • Through grooves overlap: allows groove extension for a full squaring of the panel groove
  • Rabbet width overlap: adjustment of segment width to take account of offsets such as tool diameter

Customized Tools

polyboard dxf post processor customized tool settings
polyboard tool identifier settings

Allows specific tools to be selected depending on the type of application by using the Tool identifier option in PolyBoard.

By using the Tool name variable in the DXF entity, the tool name for a specific operation can be added to the layer name.

PP report file

polyboard post processor report

This file is generated at the post processor output stage and can be used in various CNC softwares to generate specific machining operations if required.

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