Woodworking Design Software Halves Production Time: Case Study

woodworking design softwareInvesting in new woodworking design software can be a difficult decision for a business to make, especially for a smaller workshop.

There is sometimes the view that woodwork design software is the preserve of the larger manufacturers, perhaps those who churn out high volume standard units.

Smaller enterprises might are more focused on custom pieces, and perhaps the use of more traditional building methods.

Even if it is clear that the investment is worthwhile and will make their workflow more efficient, there are plenty of reasons to put a decision off…

Time, the learning curve required and the price can all delay things. Then you’ve got to find the right solution and you still might not be clear on the returns for your investment.

Is the Investment Worth It?

Well, the business environment is becoming increasingly competitive. You need to be able to keep pace with a fast changing industry or you’ll get left behind.

We’ve got a great case study here featuring Mark Nichols & Co Ltd which specialises in built-in cabinetry. The workshop processes 8-9 projects each week. Mark is an active member of the Wood Designer Community and we are grateful for the time he has taken tell us about his business.

He uses Polyboard for all his projects. Here’s what he has to say…

I’ve tried all manner of design software but Polyboard does suit our business as we don’t really need to show high quality visuals (my East End chat will charm most customers), but the manufacturing is the key to speeding the work process up and I would imagine that a 60% profit on a job is easily achievable.

Here Mark details his workflow:

1. Initial measurements and spec during on site visit – precise measurements is the key, plus plenty of photos.

2. Design using Polyboard – no need to sketch and estimate the job from this any more, as it’s quick the draw the precise plans in Polyboard.

3. Export the cutting lists using a cutting optimization programme – click here for details on OptiCut, which integrates perfectly with Polyboard.

4. Quote using FreshBooks – this is an online service which clients can access too, for all their jobs.

5. Production, as fast as possible – the cutting lists and drawings are immediately available. Mark has a laptop with Polyboard installed in the workshop to check off any design issues just in case. They use a panel saw instead of CNC. They also use a lot of Festool equipment which allows them to output a lot of small scale jobs very quickly.

Mark says this kind of system can see you cut design and production times by half or more.

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Finally, here’s an example of one project they’ve recently finished.

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Mark says:

I won’t quote the time savings in detail, but suffice to say Polyboard cut the process in half again.

Would you like to try Polyboard for free?

Click below or in the sidebar if you’d like to try our free woodworking design software. You’ll get directed to our Wood Designer website, where you can sign up as a free member and download Polyboard.

Test things out first, and if you like it, you can sign up as a Full member and continue to use Polyboard without ever having to buy it.

Thanks very much for reading.

Woodworking Design Software Halves Production Time: Case Study was last modified: January 14th, 2015 by ness