Thanks to the enhancement of CNC milling machines, automation of panel routing operations has made it possible to improve the processes for machining wood and wood-based materials. These machines are capable of performing a wide variety of machining operations, producing finished parts in increasingly complex shapes. This means a nesting software designed to route nested parts like almaCAM Routing is vital in order to minimize material losses and provide highly automated programming of all the machining operations, regardless of the machine used.
In the wood industry there are many different materials that can only be cut by sawing or milling (solid wood, chipboard, pressed wood, wood laminate, etc.). In the furniture-making industry, panels are usually cut or sawed into rectangular pieces. These pieces are then machined (drilled, routed, beveled, etc.) individually to produce the component parts of the furniture which will be assembled.
However, the shapes of these pieces are becoming increasingly complex, and less and less rectangular, especially for applications such as layout and interior fittings for yachts and recreational vehicles. So, the advantages of routing of nested parts are becoming increasingly valuable, to minimize material losses.
In addition, machines that route nested wood panels include numerous return tools or systems making it possible to carry out a wide variety of machining operations (drilling, screwing, grooving, rabbet, bevel, pocketing, routing, etc.) and produce finished parts that do not need to be individually reworked. These machines also incorporate suction systems to ensure the parts are securely held at the end of routing, guaranteeing high quality cutting and operator safety.
Significant reduction of loss rates thanks to automatic nesting performance, since there is a choice of several available strategies.
Minimized programming times and risks of error