The main purpose of Router-CIM Automation Suite is to provide a complete CAD/CAM solution for both single part machining and nested based manufacturing. Router-CIM Automation Suite allows you to automatically produce NC Code for parts that are produced or imported into the AutoCAD environment, as well as any other single part that can be parametrically defined, or produced as a drawing or DXF file.
For new users of Router-CIM Automation Suite, there are a few concepts which need to be understood in order to use the product efficiently. These are:
•A basic understanding of the Microsoft Windows environment, and file handling with programs such as My Computer, or Windows Explorer.
•A working knowledge of the AutoCAD environment. How to create and name layers, and assign geometry to those layers.
•Some knowledge of the types of tools, cutting conditions, and materials you are likely to use on your parts.
•Knowing the difference between the file types Router-CIM Automation Suite uses such as DWG, DXF, and SCN.
•Understanding the Layer to Knowledge association feature in Router-CIM Automation Suite.
If you will be primarily using macros for your part definitions, then a complete understanding of Router-CIM's Parametric Macro Builder and how to create a macro is truly necessary. This takes practice and is best done on paper first! Also you will need to understand the different variable types: Global, Dynamic, Tagged, and Local, and how to use them.