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  1. Anyone have any cut speed data on laser-cutting plywood?

    Everything I can find on the internet and this forum (in the wood working section) appears to be based on "cheap" and low-powered lasers (hobbyists, artwork, etc.). I'm trying to find some...
  2. Thanks, that's very close to the process I'm...

    Thanks, that's very close to the process I'm looking for. I'm assuming that his is OEM software (for OMAX machines only)?

    The Dude
  3. Thanks Jason, it is "multi-layers". I'm hoping...

    Thanks Jason, it is "multi-layers". I'm hoping to get it more towards single layers with vacuum but that's going to be rolling a big ball uphill that might roll back on me.

    I'm curious about the...
  4. Processing scrap on dynamic nesting for CNC router but applicable to laser/plasma

    Trying to improve a nesting situation on a CNC router that processes 1/2" to 3/4" OSB and plywood. There is no vacuum table being used (due to often cutting multi-layer sheets so the upper sheets...
  5. Anyone here using a dyamic nesting system for wood (plywood, osb, etc.)?

    I didn't want to write a long question if there's not anyone using nesting. I can provide more detail if someone has experience dealing with small parts or scrap on tables without a vacuum hold (for...
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    Or that it isn't vibing, but that's exactly the...

    Or that it isn't vibing, but that's exactly the issue that I'm pushing. If a VP/manager/supervisor/lead is constantly swarmed with "on/off", "high/low", "in/out", "hot/cold", etc. data, then it's...
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    My personal view on 4.0 is that a lot of it is...

    My personal view on 4.0 is that a lot of it is "solutions looking for a problem". So much of it is technology based that, IMO, is kind of "over developed" (way more functional than needed). This is...
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    Nice to hear there's at least one Gen Z'er...

    Nice to hear there's at least one Gen Z'er interested in this! You are choosing a potentially very good career path. I have just one thing to add: don't let the age thing mess with you! When I...
  9. The real issue is a correlation between a lot of...

    The real issue is a correlation between a lot of offshoring and too many people "avoiding" manufacturing jobs/careers. While the current pandemic is a tragedy, one of the good outcomes might be that...
  10. Anyone using sendcutsend.com? If you're not, watch out!

    So I heard about these guys on The Fabricator (article in their magazine). When my local laser cutter when to a $250 minimum (which, in some ways, I understand), I thought I'd give them a try. A...
  11. If we went this route, as mentioned, I was going...

    If we went this route, as mentioned, I was going to have a laser-cut ramp fixture with crossmembers that would index off one end and create a stable pull-out. It would be 3 ramps of 1/4" steel that...
  12. I can't really disagree with what you're saying...

    I can't really disagree with what you're saying except for one thing: While ERP can be necessary to get a company to grow, it can also (again, if done correctly!) make a company so much easier to...
  13. Hey thanks, never though about the EG, that's...

    Hey thanks, never though about the EG, that's worth considering. UHMW won't work, if it gets scratched it can damage the fabric (that's unfortunately been verified). We do use that on some upstream...
  14. Question about making a furniture assembly table.

    I've been working on various framing and assembly tables for my furniture client. To be clear, they are on the "fast and cheap" side of the market so a good, sturdy and flat surface of up to 60" x...
  15. No prob and I'm only going to write this last...

    No prob and I'm only going to write this last piece in case someone else reads it and can hopefully move forward on something.

    Just to clarify my view, making a custom software system is no...
  16. Wow, not to hack this thread hopefully, but...

    Wow, not to hack this thread hopefully, but that's one of the best descriptions of ERP strategy I've seen - someone who really "gets" what is needed to make a business grow and be competitive. I'll...
  17. There's a pretty good article on...

    There's a pretty good article on quoting/estimating in the May 2020 issue of The Fabricator. I wouldn't call it perfect but it outlines the issues pretty well.

    Link: Freeing the metal...
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    Maybe they need to find that billboard that said...

    Maybe they need to find that billboard that said "Will the last person to leave Seattle please turn the lights off". This was put up when the SST (Supersonic Transport) contract was cancelled back...
  19. I don't necessarily disagree with what you're...

    I don't necessarily disagree with what you're saying (yes, there should be value added features) except that, for me, Office 365 gives me huge added value - mostly from synchronizing all my files on...
  20. Hey, no prob, I get it and that comment wasn't...

    Hey, no prob, I get it and that comment wasn't really directed at you but more of those that "support" avoid subscription services. Two more comments, then I'm done:

    1. Over about 4 years, there...
  21. I use the package that's $99/year and gives me...

    I use the package that's $99/year and gives me Office in up to 5 devices and 5 terabytes of cloud storage and I have to say that IT'S THE ABSOLUTE BEST TECHNOLOGY UPGRADE I'VE EVEN MADE!!! Yes, I...
  22. Hey IV, I'm going to send you a PM to offer to...

    Hey IV,

    I'm going to send you a PM to offer to talk if you'd like. I don't mind chatting about this kind of stuff because I can also possibly learn things. I do think your ERP system likely...
  23. Ideally you'd like to make your quoting process...

    Ideally you'd like to make your quoting process so fast (leadtime of the quote to customer), efficient (minimal time creating the quote) and accurate that it's not an issue. If your quoting process...
  24. I don't normally spend much time on threads but,...

    I don't normally spend much time on threads but, because the OP has posted a very valid question that I have a lot of experience in, I'm going to add one more factor. Before I get into details of...
  25. Ironically I'm also going to "hijack" this thread...

    Ironically I'm also going to "hijack" this thread but only because I 100% agree with what you wrote here! The only reason I came back to read more (from an earlier answer) was a) I was bored and had...
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