WoodCAM (Woodworking Computer Aided Manufacturing) is a design and manufacturing computer software package for cabinet makers and joiners. It has been created to streamline the entry of cabinet specifications and does this by presenting a selection of cabinet styles for each job and room from a library of standard joinery product templates. The operator enters dimensions, door and drawer specifications including handle type and location, shelf configurations, applied end panels, etc. Reports are produced including cut lists, costing analyses, hardware requirements and labels to affix to the cut parts.
WoodCAM was designed in Australia by Gary Cannard who has had over 25 years experience in the cabinet making and software industries. Gary started his career with the manual design, measuring and cutting of cabinet parts. He has used several computer based cabinet design programs with varying success and reached the point where he could not achieve the level of detail he required with modern design ideas.
Gary developed his own excel spreadsheets to include the details he required and in conjunction with another programmer, who has a life long background in the design of software packages for businesses, they implemented the system into other joineries on a trial basis. This Has been so successful that it is now being offered to the wider marketplace.
WoodCAM is designed to save you time.
To start with, it is incredibly easy to enter a new cabinetry job using this versatile CAD/CAM software. From simple jobs to the most complex, WoodCAM has an intuitive, step-by-step process that any person who understands the trade can use.
What’s more, all dimensions and drilled holes are automatically generated – so you don’t have to calculate part sizes yourself.
WoodCAM has been developed to make the entry of designs and specifications into Microsoft Excel spreadsheet templates easier and to automate the processing of your designs to create a cut list to be sent to the machine for cutting. Wherever possible, WoodCAM reduces any need to re-enter the same information for each cabinet in a room.
WoodCAM presents a screen where details that are common to the entire job are entered once. This screen comprises three main sections:
Note: Once entered the details can be exported to a panel viewer screen to show bore details, hinge locations, edging details, etc before you cut the job thus preventing mistakes and wastage.
A key benefit of WoodCAM is the accuracy with which it generates quotes. It produces job costings with every screw, hinge, metre of edge tape and board accounted for – so you know exactly what it will cost your business, and don’t experience the cost blow-outs typical of manually calculated jobs.
Input the the job and WoodCAM quickly procures an accurate cutting list down to the millimetre.
Produce job costing reports with the click of your mouse; or drill into more detail by specifying your own hardware, materials and manufacturing costs.
Add your margins to the job and generate a detailed quotation for your customer with the touch of a button.
Monitor quantities of stock on hand and automatically reorder products that are running low. Items to be ordered are sorted into suppliers and an individual purchase order is generated.
Produce a variety of reports that are useful for the everyday running of your business. Things like cutting lists, outsourced products (e.g. vinyl or painted doors), picking lists for hardware or a history of your customers.
Networked computers can be set up to access a centralised database, and any changes made to a job will be automatically detected, updated across the system and backed up daily.
Create templates using default settings for cabinets you use on a regular basis. This further reduces the amount of time it takes to create new jobs, and allows you to use any previous room as a starting point when entering a new room.
Trace all components as they progress through the factory until delivery. This feature accurately calculates the time required for each stage of the job, which enables you to keep track of the efficiency of the job as it passes through your workshop.
WoodCAM comes with a built-in library of the most common cabinet maker items, saving you time and money on entering these items into your system. These spreadsheets provide a parts list of all materials and accessories which may be used as a ‘Packing List’ for assembly / delivery.