Potentially increasing material usage by 15 per cent, BobCAD-CAM has released two new CAD-CAM software modules, Nesting Standard and Nesting Pro.
The new software packages offer nesting power with intelligent sheet optimising technology that aims to increase material usage for sheet cutting on CNC mill, router, laser, plasma, and waterjet machines.
Both Nesting modules include all new options for working with remnant sheets and custom sheet shapes, meaning that any irregularly shaped leftover sheets from previous jobs, which normally might go to the scrap pile, can be used to nest more parts on future jobs.
The modules offer further ways for CNC machinists to get more parts out of every sheet using addition of nesting optimisers, which can be used to create either a fast nest or an optimal nest.
According to BobCAD-CAM, the nesting process has become quicker and easier with the addition of modern CAM wizards. These provide a logical workflow for the user to define important nesting parameters, like part counts, tabs, sheet margins, filler parts, part-in-part nesting, grain direction for wood and metal projects, thermal considerations for laser and plasma jobs, part and sheet priority levels, and more.
The new modules work within BobCAD-CAM CNC programming software, allowing users to do everything from design and nest parts to create toolpath programming, fully simulating the programming on a virtual version of their machine, and generating NC code for the CNC machine.
“The whole purpose of nesting is to maximise your material usage so you get more parts and profit out of every sheet while reducing the amount of scrap material,” explains Greg Myers, director of software development behind BobCAD-CAM’s new Nesting modules.
“With this new release, we’ve upped the level of control the user has over nearly every aspect of the nest while at the same time we’ve increased the intelligence level of the software to deliver part placements that result in much higher material utilisation rates.”