I use NC Hops for managing our CNC machines. We have two dongles/ seats that cost about 10,000 dollars for both. Visual mill probably does the same job but that is not what I am looking for.
Here is what will go a long way.
1. I draw the cabinet in model space.
2. Use the â€œdowelingâ€ tool to click on the side of the cabinet and then click on the shelf adjacent and Turbocad positions & bores the holes for doweling ( usually 8 mm holes )
3. The same for doors. click on the door and click on the cabinet side and TC creates holes in the correct positions.
4. The properties. I will have set up before and I will choose the hole size , the depth of the hole , length of the dowel , spaced apart , the position from the side and the front of.
5. OK , now we have all the holes in the right places and then select the whole cabinet and hit the flatten button.
6. All the parts are layed out flat â€“ you know , just like in TC V17.1 woodworking tool.
7. I then save as a DXF file.
8. Now I use the new TurboCad CAM software to import that DXF file , convert it to G Code and send it to the milling machine.
9. That will save me many hours of work.