almaCAM Routing advantages in wood and plastic panel routing

Significant material savings

Significant loss rate reduction thanks to automatic nesting performance, with several strategies available.

Minimum programming times and error rate

  • For any 3D part imported from any CAD software, automatic recognition of technological characteristics on both sides (pocketing, piercing, groove, rabbet and bevel) requiring no data keyboarding et reducing risk of errors.
  • Automatic assignment of the technological (machining) characteristics (pocketing, piercing, groove, rabbet and bevel) and allocation of the adequate tool.
  • Automatic nesting functions with no or limited user intervention required.
  • Possibility to operate in full automatic mode.


Optimized cycle times

  • Optimized computation of tool paths.
  • Automated management of tool order (piercing, screwing, riveting and routing) with possible interactive modification.


Complete mastering of the technological process 

  • Automatic or interactive management of pocketing (with or without island) and finish cut.
  • Automatic implementation of additional pocketing for the shape cutters path that will be taken into account by the nesting module.
  • Choice among several pocketing sequences: “spiral” or “Z” cuts.
  • Constant depth management (spot facing, etc.)
  • Tool turret management according to the machine capabilities and to the parts combined in the nesting.
  • Management of multi-pass routing when the machining depth is too large.
  • Management of curves and bevels on ridge.
  • Management of the progressive depth lead-ins.
  • Management of the machining on the upper face, on the lower face and on the edge (automatically recognized).
  • Multi-layer machining.
  • Unitary part machining with various wedging systems (blocks, suction, etc.)
  • Management of “onion skin” cuts avoiding aspiration losses and allowing for nested parts a better hold on the machines.
  • Parts surfacing allowing nesting with parts with different thickness on a single panel.
  • Management of bevels and grooves on the edge with shape cutters in multiple passes (for tool with limited chip load).


Enhanced quality of manufactured parts

  • Automatic drill re-machining to cut notches out.
  • Automatic or interactive management of pocketing (with or without islands) and finish cut.
  • Parts positioned in the nesting according to material fibre direction.
  • Tool life increased by taking into account drill wear through the use of the tool correction feature.
  • Optimized management of milling speeds to avoid tearing or burning phenomenon.


Increased safety around the machine

Part positioning and machining sequence management according to the suction system.


Eased handling in the workshop

  • Management of the part evacuation lift systems.
  • Less or no more partial nesting to avoid costly remnants.
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