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"Customers like the ability to visualize what they are measuring, which is possible because the measurements are done with photographs," said Paul Hansen, president of ETemplate Systems. "This allows anyone in the organization to see what the job site looks like and how it was measured, even though that individual was never at the job site."

Hansen says the system will benefit companies who need to create CAD designs from accurate as-built measurements, or who need to feed CAD data to their CNC. He says the system is mostly used by medium to large shops that use CAD design and may or may not have a CNC machine. ETemplate Photo is in the $12,000 price range.

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RouterCAD has introduced two new products for both non-CNC and CNC users: CountertopCAD and Dovetail DrawerCAD.

"CountertopCAD is a very fast and powerful tool for creating countertops for granite, stone, marble and laminate countertop shops," says RouterCAD's Monica Shaw.

CountertopCAD has all the built-in features to create 2D and 3D custom countertops including back splashes, built-up edges, sink cutouts and fastener bolts. It also includes special shaping tools that create bull noses, and clipped and radius corners. CountertopCAD works very well with Proliner and the LT 55 digital template systems, according to Shaw. It can take drawings created in these systems and easily add to or clean up the drawings for CNC routers or water jet machines.

Dovetail DrawerCAD is designed to work with CNC routers for nested-based manufacturing. With the program, drawers can be pre-drilled for mounting specific drawer slides, or can be notched to allow under-mount drawer slide systems.

AutoCabinets is another one of RouterCAD's offerings, designed to speed up the process of creating cabinets, store fixtures, countertops, MDF doors, wainscot panels and specialty parts. It produces cultists, bill of materials and cost estimates. Every part can be saved as a Layered 3D DXF or DWG file for use with CNC routers. The program can design a curved stud wall including the plates, studs and sheathing, Shaw said.