Dxf files have a version. Depending on this version, some features may be available, but not others. Otimize Nesting currently supports DXF version 2000 or later. To avoid compatibility issues, there is a practice among professionals to use very old versions of .DXF. The reason for that is to be on the safe side and ensure files are opened on another computer, with other CAD software installed. However, this procedure has a cost. Loosing important resources. In most CAD progr
Otimize Nesting was developed based in Microsoft Silverlight technology. Applications written in this technology requires the Silverlight plugin to be installed in the browser in order to run. Unfortunately new browsers do not support any plugins. Therefore Silverlight will ends its support soon. The only remaining web browser that still supports it is Internet Explorer on a Windows-based PC for that. We still have not decided if a new version will be available as a web appli
By default, Otimize Nesting does not generate CNC machine code. This operation is known as Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM). And to be done in the right way, it requires a specific knowledge of the CNC command type your cutter have. The heart of Otimize Nesting is to solve a complex production planning problem, on how to make the best use of the raw material to produce the parts you need, with less waste. When it comes to manufacturing, we are consistently adding more feat
This article details the necessary column configuration so you can properly import your part list to Otimize Nesting. Read also: Import from Excel To import a part list directly to Otimize Nesting, without typing all the part dimensions, quantities, etc. you can import a predefined list in a single operation. The following image shows how a typical part list in .CSV file looks like: There is a sample CSV file you can download and use as a starting point to create your own par
We are happy to share with you that we are now providing our nesting software features on the web through REST API. If you are an Independent Software Developer, System Integrator, or CIO, this is a opportunity to accelerate your business innovation. You may be familiar with nesting software API libraries that you must link or reference into your software product. What we offer are APIs available in our safe cloud structure, so you don't have to worry with hosting, configurat
For the effective use of nesting patterns on the shop, it is necessary they match the reality of the cutting process, materials and machinery. Adjusting the cutting width is one of the important settings on a nesting software. Almost any of kind of material produces a waste. This waste can be defined as the cutting width of the material that is removed by the cutting process. This is also known as kerf. Cutting Width Varies In case of wood cutting, a common mistake is to thin
Using a cut layout optimizer is not what we call news these days. However, just because we use a nesting program doesn't mean we are getting maximum savings. This article lists 5 important tips sometimes ignored to make great usage of sheet layout optimizers, making sure the generated diagrams are feasible to manufacture at the shop floor. 1 - Set Cutting Width (Kerf) Most of cutting processes lead to material loss. Usually this loss is similar to the cutting tool thickness,
Similar to what happens on the sheet metal fabrication, there is a huge waste in the natural stone countertops industry. Every time a granite board will be cut (marble, onyx, travertine, granite, quartzite, etc), a layout optimization must take place to make sure you are getting more parts as possible. Is is true there is an artistic concern to make the vein flow of the material, how the slabs will work together, etc. In addition, when the cutting layout is defined, there mus
Recently we came across this "Definitive Guide to Nesting Software" from the Ponoko blog. I wouldn't agree it is a definitive guide, but it is worth reading. After a quick introduction about what is nesting and its benefits for every king of fabricator, a product comparison takes place. So I decided to invite you go there and try those solutions and then do the same with our nesting software. We have already mentioned that we sometimes a compared to high end solutions, that o
After so many years working with nesting software, we can see a clear separation on the market of true shape and rectangular nesting software products. The difference arises form the cutting process used to produce the parts from the sheets. While true shape nesting software are commonly used for CNC cutters (router, laser, plasma, water jet, etc), cutting list software is usually found for guillotines, knifes, table saws, shears and other straight cutting tools. We believe t
Nothing drains more your profit than wasted material after sheet cutting. And nothing can be more frustrating than to see a huge pile of scrap increasing on the yard and being disposed.
These are real, tangible costs we can transform in earnings with little effort and creative thinking.
Here are some tips to start saving material. 1. Know Your Sheet Cutting Efficiency.
It is amazing that nowadays, with all the available technology, many manufacturers do not know what i
Understanding and learning how a nesting software works is an investment of time. After all, how do I know in advance if learning a new tool will be worth the effort and will leave the fabrication orders organized.
On the other hand, is easy to measure the return that a nesting software can bring. The main benefit is the waste reduction . And this economy is easy to calculate. You should know by now how much retail or scrap is created every month and you should also know h
Before laser cutting your most recent creation using a fancy CAD programs (. DXF,. DWG etc.), you need to respect some rules so that the nesting optimizer can correctly interpret the geometry of the part to be cut.
Separate a list with 6 tips to facilitate this work and keep files organized for nesting.
1-Check the Piece Profile Geometry
Most of the cutting plans software can interpret the lines and arcs that are contained in the archives DXF . But it is very common to
The new industrial revolution promises a paradigm shift that can help small manufacturers. This opportunity to the small fabricator, "will be made possible by what is being called the digital fabrication.
Digital manufacturing for many types of products, is an alternative to the challenges of mass production that replaces with new manufacturing methods that can make the small manufacturer competitive again.
You've probably heard about the digital fabrication because of
Most shops have the mission of choosing a Nesting Software. Most of the time, a benchmark is needed to present for the team and management.
Those who have a good foundation of why and how the nesting software will bring return and how this will be done in the short term, take the early lead.
The question that arises is how a nesting software will pay itself? Maybe you still have doubts if it pays at all. The answer unfolds in several ways.
Valuable material is walking out the door with the scrap man every day. That is your profit leaving. Nesting software are useful to improve material usage. But you still can get more benefits from it. This article gives you five big benefits of nesting program. In a short definition, nesting software software helps you improve material efficiency. It helps to produce optimal cutting layouts for boards and panels of materials like metal, plywood, glass, fabric, acrylic, leathe
Lean manufacturing teach us there are wastes in our production processes that must be identified and eliminated. There is a lot of scattered information out there, that may unfortunately let us start doing things without even know why we are doing them. This is why I always like to go back to the basics, read some organized theory to wrap up all these information out there. Bob Warfield put together a multi-part series that introduces the guiding principles of Lean Manufactur
Recently I was reading a Ted Hall article , from ShopBot Tools about how investors and VCs mindset has shaped the startup model. More specifically, the irony existing in the fact that manufacturing startups, to be get invested or even recognition must include outsource their manufacturing to China, to become more than a "life-style" entrepreneur. This brings me back to 2013 when I was attending at the first Lisbon Challenge program where we had the opportunity to see a Brant
Nesting programs are not usually found on small shops. We want to change that and allow micro and small fabricators having simple yet powerful software to be competitive. So we collect six myths regarding questions we usually hear regarding nesting software programs. 1 - I need an ERP software Actually you don't need any other piece of software to start saving material and labor. You can create optimal cutting layouts with a single nesting program and type everything you need