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Nesting software options

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Nesting software options

Postby Spitterkat » Wed Nov 22, 2017 2:57 pm

Just wondering what is out there for nesting software / what everyone uses.

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Re: Nesting software options

Postby Old Iron » Wed Nov 22, 2017 3:33 pm

I use Sheetcam

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Re: Nesting software options

Postby BTA Plasma » Wed Nov 22, 2017 5:20 pm

If you need true shape nesting we sell Pronest LT however we would need to know the actual electronics you have for the post processor. Sheetcam is also a good way to array nest.

http://www.plasmaland.com/product_info. ... 0eb0a13fb8

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Re: Nesting software options

Postby Spitterkat » Wed Nov 22, 2017 5:59 pm

I currently have solidworks LT, just wondering what other options are out there / how much they cost

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Re: Nesting software options

Postby tcaudle » Wed Nov 22, 2017 6:33 pm

1. Nesting is overrated. It's only useful if you do lots of job shop type mixed sheet layouts. (different layups day after day) For a few sheets a week or most decorative cutting, you can do it by hand almost as fast as auto nesting. If you want to cut a bunch of one or maybe even 5 or 6 different parts you manually place one row of mixed parts, and then simply use the "duplicate" function in SheetCAM. You can do an entire sheet in seconds after you have the first row done. Of course if you have 100 different parts and only one or two sheets then it gets tedious.
2. GOOD nesting programs are expensive. By good it means it needs little clean up and it does not break some of the rules of plasma cutting like placing things to close or have the lead-ins in the wrong place or lapping inot an adjacent part.
3 Nesting is largely a CAM process since it needs to take into account the actual cut paths.

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Re: Nesting software options

Postby Spitterkat » Thu Nov 23, 2017 2:29 pm

Sorry not solidworks, pronest LT

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Re: Nesting software options

Postby AdrianH » Thu Nov 23, 2017 3:20 pm

I was doing a job a lot bigger than my hobby plasma could do and needed multiple cut parts, so I approached a laser cutters to get prices on full sheets, but I needed to sort out nesting to get the most efficient use I could, after looking at options I ended up at this website http://www.mynesting.com
You download the client side software and run on windows that allows you to go onto their cloud based servers that run the nesting software.
You pay a sum of money say $60 for 10 credits, you pick the size of sheet, add some spacing dimensions between pieces and from the edge, upload your dxf's etc and say how many pieces you would like to get and it works out the cuts over so many sheets of steel.

It only costs you a credit when you are happy with the results and download your final sheet dxf's.
I found it to be the lowest cost as opposed to investing in software and time myself.

There are probably more companies doing it out there, but I was please with their support section when i needed help.

Adrian

edit to add multiple parts
Last edited by AdrianH on Sun Nov 26, 2017 6:50 pm, edited 1 time in total.

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Re: Nesting software options

Postby Spitterkat » Sun Nov 26, 2017 4:40 pm

I currently run with pronest LT and autocad. tcaudle, do you know how I would go about omitting the nesting software? usually i profile out pretty simple shapes for customers, to me the nesting software we have seems expensive and overkill for what we use it for (never those 200 piece jobs that fill an entire sheet like in the demos, we might occasionally do high number cuts but theyre all the same profile / stacked evenly).


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