One order from a customer generally has between 20 to 80 doors. There are usually several variations on the doors within an order - for example, most of them could have rail and stile widths of 2 3/4" but the drawers might have rail widths of 1 5/8" and some panels might have wide stiles or rails for various reasons. In addition, some of the profiles require up to 5 vectors per door that have to be machined, plus 4 tiny vectors, one per corner, to clean them out. Drawing all those doors using Aspire's tools, good as they are, can take hours, and I draw pretty quickly and use every trick I can think of to speed things up.
I set up a spreadsheet (actually one for each door style) that allows me to just enter the door size, stile widths and rail widths for each door. For doors that have the same size, stile or rail widths, I can just copy them down the column very quickly. The spreadsheet then generates a CSV file that can be read by Paul Rowntree's CSV to 2D gadget and automagically generates all the vectors in the proper layers. I use the excel spreadsheet to generate another file that I import into Aspire's plate production feature that generates a label in Aspire for each door. I group each door's vectors and label, then nest the sheets (the one in the picture was 13 sheets). Then I ungroup and use toolpath templates to generate the toolpaths for each sheet. The Excel spreadsheet reduced the time to set up an 80-door job from 3 hours or so to 30-45 minutes including outputting the toolpaths. I'm currently trying to generalize the spreadsheet so I don't have to have one for each door style.
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