Cabinet Vision Proves Easy to Use

James Yang from JJ Cabinets & Stone in Auckland and Steve Walak from Steve’s Joinery in Queenstown both found the move to a CNC set up made a lot easier through their purchase of Cabinet Vision. We spoke to them about their selection process and experience in learning to use Cabinet Vision.

Previously from a construction background James Yang set up JJ Cabinets & Stone two years ago with the North Shore based Auckland company predominantly manufacturing kitchens, wardrobes and vanities.  Needing a software package for design and to run his CNC James spoke to those around him and researched on line, googling joinery forums and blogs for information and opinion on diff rent programmes. 

“I read all I could on peoples experience with CNC software, watched demos and sought advice from Machines R Us who sold us our CNC. Weighing it all up I settled on Cabinet Vision. I liked that it was a specific product for cabinet construction and from the demonstrations I had seen it appeared relatively simple to use and very practical in the manner it transferred information through to the CNC.  With a background in architecture and building James was familiar with software use but new to Cabinet Vision. “I was designing straight away,” says James.

“I had a day on site training with Phil Smith and Jason (from Joinery IT who represent Cabinet Vision in New Zealand) plus a couple of online sessions and found from there I could pretty much work through it myself.

“I am now using the software every day and I love it. It is great from a sales, design and production viewpoint. It is a good selling tool as clients can see exactly what their kitchen will look like and can make live changes regarding colours and textures or indeed layout.

“Material and cutting lists are automatically generated from the design process and easily readied and transferred through to our CNC ensuring no duplication of data entry or error opportunity.

“Where I have found Phil and Jason’s ongoing support very good is in their assistance in upgrading our hardware library. If we start to use a new piece of hardware I simply give the manufacturer’s supplier code to Joinery It and using TeamViewer they upload it to our system very quickly and it is ready to use.”

Steve Walak from Steve’s Joinery in Queenstown has also been using Cabinet Vision for around a year and a half and has a similar story to tell. The company whose work is split around 50/50 between residential and commercial work moved to a CNC nesting set up in 2014 and use Cabinet Vision for design and manufacture.

“When we first looked at changing our manufacturing process I was looking at a second hand machine and the guy I was looking to buy off was using Cabinet Vision and I was struck by how easy it looked to use,” says Steve. “I then went online and trialled a sample copy so by the time I purchased my own copy I was pretty aware of what I was buying and what it could do. To be honest I didn’t have too many questions for Phil and Jason during the training period but they have been great on the occasions since when I have needed guidance I have simply rung up and they have gone online and sorted it out.”

“It does almost everything we need, once you have set your library and methods the way you want, designing and drawing up a job can be very quick and automatically generates the material, parts and cutting lists. I give the guys on the floor a USB stick which is all the information or instruction they need.

“I wish we had made the move earlier it makes my job a lot easier and saves a lot of time both in the office and on the factory floor. Cabinet Vision is awesome and I have found the Joinery IT guys great to deal with.”

JOINERS Magazine June 2016 page 48


Software Entry Inexpensive & Easy

Long established joinery company Lee Brothers in Rotorua is a traditional firm producing anything from timeless timber joinery to modern and innovative kitchens and cabinetry fittings. We asked current owner, Paul Ingram about his software experiences since adopting Cabinet Vision several years ago. Here is what he had to say.

We have been using Cabinet Vision Solid Essential for several years to produce drawings both for presenting to customers and then for production drawings to be worked from. The Essential version was an inexpensive way to get into a quality drawing package and required very little in the way of training to get started.  Subsequently, we purchased a Biesse CNC router in 2014 and utilised the software that came with the machine. We invested quite a bit of time into developing the spreadsheet and it worked well for us initially and gave us a good understanding of programming.

Two years down the track we were looking to streamline and automate our production. There are several solutions available and having looked around and trialed a couple I chose Cabinet Vision and purchased at AWISA this year. I already knew Phil Smith and Jason Chittenden of Joinery IT from their support of our Cabinet Vision Essential packages. Jacqueline Crossley was helpful with her experience as someone who has used Cabinet Vision for production. I went with the package Joinery IT suggested – Solid Advanced and S2M Standard. We bought a production license and an additional drafter key for design. We were also able to trade our essential licenses in against the new package. 

We were running jobs from Cabinet Vision to the CNC straight away and had only a couple of very minor adjustments to make.  Support from Joinery IT was very good getting things up and running and making sure we were productive immediately. We are 3 months in now and already have a reasonable library that we are fine tuning and adding to. Once I had a basic understanding about how the cabinet editing works the software allowed me to build and fully detail cabinets so that drilling and routing at the assembly stage can be almost eliminated. Once a cabinet has been detailed to how we want to manufacture, it’s saved to the library and is ready to use again. To date there have not been any cabinets we’ve been unable to produce. Joinery IT have been very responsive when it comes to fi ne tuning and setting up any processes that we have specifically requested.  Cabinet Vision produces efficiently optimized nesting and the reports for ordering of materials are useful and accurate. I’ve found the software very user friendly and any new users will find it easy to learn. Now that design and production are both using the same software and from the same database we are able to customise and systemise our operation from initial design through detailing and manufacture.

JOINERS Magazine December 2016 page 49