Woodwork manufacturing case study: software, nesting and CNC integration done right

polyboard woodwork software project office fit out

We would like to introduce Dean Price from Tees Tech Joinery in the UK who earlier this year set up Polyboard and OptiNest with his company’s SCM CNC machines.

Dean has outlined how his company processes the work they receive, and was also kind enough to talk about the Polyboard library set up service he ordered from Wood Designer. This set up all his hardware and other manufacturing details in Polyboard ready to access with the click of a button for any project he wants.

The error free machined parts his CNC outputs are then extremely easy to assemble and fit. Overall, he has achieved a really nice integration of woodwork software and CNC.

Over to Dean…


We are a bespoke joinery and cabinet manufacturer, all projects are made in house using the latest fabricating technology and supplied direct to the customer.

Here’s a quick overview of our workflow which integrates really well together. We use Polyboard Pro PP and OptiNest with SCM CNCs running Xilog.

  1. Once we have assessed a clients needs we can work through a design very quickly with them in fine detail using Polyboard. The huge amount of flexibility and visuals of the software makes it very customer friendly and gives the client great confidence the job is in excellent hands.
  2. We move the work in to production and nest the various parts into OptiNest ready to be cut on the CNC machining centres, this works very well as all the materials are well organised which makes it easy to use various types of panels and timber and process each correctly.
  3. The nested materials now go straight into Xilog for machining, where they are cut and labelled with stickers using the information from OptiNest and Polyboard which lets us know exactly which part it is along with edges to be edged.
  4. The job is now ready to assemble using 3D and exploded printouts of the design from Polyboard, this makes it easy knowing what pieces go where.

I found this workflow amazingly user friendly and great to pass all the manufacturing information down through production with ease, the visual aspects of both Polyboard and OptiNest meant spotting mistakes before they could even happen.

We took advantage of a library set up pack which got my own skills and knowledge of Polyboard up and running very quickly along with working alongside the team at Wood Designer to create my own set of manufacturing methods I use daily.

Printer/planter project

We recently fitted out an office for a computer games manufacturer which had demanding storage space for lots of computers and cable management logistics to link them all together while creating a pleasant working environment for staff.

Here are the units set up in Polyboard, including console desks and printer/planter units:

woodwork software

Polyboard made this a great job to plan, we managed to create printer stations with integrated planters and lighting, overhead storage units with sliding doors, and kept all cables out of sight but still accessible to make use of every space.

Tees Tech Joinery


Make sure you are using Polyboard to it full potential, and click here for more information on our Polyboard Library Set Up Service.

Tees Tech Joinery can also process Polyboard designs for you, and send you out your parts cut and machined throughout the UK. Please contact Dean direct to discuss your requirements. Wood Designer support is also available to help you get those designs ready. Click here for more information on Tees Tech Joinery.

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