Maybe it's time to learn solidworks. Luckily, I'm already doing just that. Solidworks is not exactly a walk in the park, and while deadlines loom I'm still much faster in manually untangling and generating files in vector.
This is the cut file generated entirely in illustrator for a large art proposal coming up this year. The model will be laser cut and assembled to demonstrate what the piece will be like. Keep an eye out for the fundraiser.