How to set up Polyboard to OptiCut Export with Bar Codes

polyboard and opticut label and bar code process

Here we have a Polyboard project. Let’s see how to set up an export of this project to OptiCut and print the correct labels with bar codes.

We will need to set up Polyboard to export the correct information and then set up OptiCut to print the correct information.

First let’s set up Polyboard.

Polyboard set up

Go to Cutting lists > Cutting list Options:

Set Cutting list options

Set:

  • Automatic OptiCut start to “Yes”.
  • Additional references to “Yes”.
  • Post Processor to the post processor you will be using.
  • Synchronize with to OptiCut 5 Export.
  • Serial Number to “Yes” if you are assigning a number to the machine files rather that a name. This is recommended if you use bar coding as it will keep the bar code short. If set to “No” the machine file name will be exported as the panel name/reference.

Note: Polyboard can export 4 Additional references to OptiCut.

Additional references are information exported by Polyboard that contain:

  • Reference 1 : cabinet name.
  • Reference 2 : project name.
  • Reference 3 : machine file name for face 0.
  • Reference 4 : machine file name for face 1.

polyboard cutting list options

OptiCut set up

Additional references set up

As mentioned Additional references are information exported by Polyboard that contain:

  • Reference 1 : cabinet name.
  • Reference 2 : project name.
  • Reference 3 : machine file name for face 0.
  • Reference 4 : machine file name for face 1.

This information is imported into OptiCut as extra columns in the cutting list.

By default the columns are named “Customized 1-2-3-4, etc.

In OptiCut it’s possible to create as many extra columns as you want.

Let’s rename the columns to correspond to the information imported from Polyboard.

Go to “Tools > Preferences”.

opticut preferences

In the Preferences dialogue box:

Set “Additional References” to 4 and click the rename button.

Rename the references:

cutting list references

Labels set up

Go to “File > Labels Set up”

In “Labels Printing Configuration”.

Click “Pieces”:

In “Labels Format” drag and drop the appropriate “Available Elements” list fields to the “Fields to be printed” list.

Select the “file f0” and click “Options”.

Tick the Print as “Barcode” box.

Do the same for the “file f1” field.

opticut labels set up

For Label printers that print one label at a time set Label Number to :

  • Per Column = 1
  • Per Line = 1

Bar code set up

Go to “Tools > Bar codes”.

Set the correct Bar code format and sizes.

opticut bar code set up

Export the post processor files from Polyboard

Go to “File > Post Processor Export” and choose the appropriate Post Processor for your machine.

polyboard post processor export

Polyboard will ask for the folder to save the OptiCut (.ocp) file.

Then automatically open the cutting list in OptiCut.

open cut list in opticut

Click the optimisation button to generate the cutting maps.

You can use the “View” menu to choose the text information printed on each part on screen as well as in the printed report.

opticut view menu options

To see labels go to “File>Labels Preview” :

Note that the machine file names are printed as bar codes.

Double sided machined parts have 2 bar codes.

opticut bar codes on labels

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