Building staircases is one of the most demanding exercises in solid wood machining - exercising every skill in woodworking, while requiring calculations that among the most complex in woodworking.
An application seeks to automate the process, while presenting a visual representation that allows clients to really project how a staircase will fit into space. Staircon 3D software for stair design, from Elecosoft, is designed to simplify and make cost-effective production of stairs – from sales through production.
The software enables fast design of standard stair shapes as well as flexible design capabilities for advanced stair shapes. Elecosoft will show this powerful and user-friendly software in Booth 1422 at the Woodworking Machinery & Supply Expo November 2-4 at the International Centre.
Elecosoft says Staircon is continuously developed by its team in Sweden, which strives to make it future-proof.
"We believe that stair design will keep on evolving and that new production methods and modern technology will advance innovations even further," the company says. The first version of Staircon was released in 1999.
"Ever since, it has been our aim to provide the best software on the market for stair production."
Since 2014 Stairworks, located in Guelph, Ontario, has been using Staircon as a key tool.
"We chose Staircon over other software products because it’s a customizable tool. Today, we’re working with Staircon Professional using DXF for CAM.Staircon Professional gives us the ability to clearly show customers the products they will be getting, before manufacturing a single part," says Scott Uhrig, General Manager."
Staircon rendering and actual job by Stairworks.
"When it comes to production, DXF for CAM helps our design department with being more efficient in generating CAD programming for our CNC, programming specific to our part designs and processes."
Established in 1981, the family owned and operated Stairworks, has fostered a strong reputation as a stair and railing manufacturer serving a wide range of clientele, from high-end custom home builders to renovations and private end users.
"Elecosoft personnel provide excellent service, helpful advice, with accommodating training sessions. They are friendly, extremely knowledgeable, and efficient in delivering training and support," says Uhrig.
The modular software includes six production modules of Staircon:
• Sales, for design and sales with 3D-view
• Staircon Limited, with production full-scale drawings, basic stair shapes
• Staircon Professional, with production full-scale drawings with DXF export option
• Staircon CAM 3 / 4, with Link to 3 or 4 axis CNC machines
• Staircon CAM 5, with a link to 5 axis CNC machines
• Staircon CAM 5+, with a link to 5 axis CNC machine, including arc details and Z-risers
It also features two web-based utilities: Staircon Showroom, a web-based 3D catalog; and Staircon Online Designer.
Staircon is developed for Microsoft Windows, an environment familiar to most users. The intuitive graphic user interface is well laid-out, easy to learn and easy to use. Technical support, critical for the success of any CAD/CAM software.
Based in Sweden and among more than 30 first-time exhibitors at WMS, Staircon (Elecosoft) is also among more than 150 exhibitors representing more than 250 brands and thousands of products that will be shown at the Woodworking Machinery & Supply Expo, which runs November 2-4 at the International Centre, in Mississauga, Ontario. www.wmscanada.ca