Nesting instructional for both the Cad and machine

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  1. TJCutter

    TJCutter Member

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    I've had my machine for over a year it's a 4800 with an 80 amp plasma. Use it everyday I love it. There are a few options that I can't seem to figure out. One in particular is nesting. I played with it for quite a while but still can't get it to be as efficient as myself nesting at the computer manually. How about a video that actually walks you through Nesting in detail. I have attended two schools at your factory location and we did blow through nesting one day but I cannot seem to recreate.
     
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    nwaPLASMA Well-Known Member

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    I have encountered the same. Nesting has never done as good a job as my eye-crometer. I would like to see someone post some info on it.
     
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    We have a Table X with the Flexcut 125. Nesting has been an issue when I use the nesting feature in the cad software. We had issues using it through the VMD as well. I always just do a manual nesting in the cad software. It takes longer but I am able to utilize the full sheet of material. I had let the software do a nest once and it put it on 2 sheets. As the original post stated they go over nesting very quick in the classes. I took the class and that was one of the features I really wanted to learn more about. I only use the cad software to program as we use Autocad for our drawings and I am able to create my DXFs right away. When we have tried nesting through the VMD it spaces the parts out further than what we told it for gaps. This was with the same piece that needed to have multiple pieces cut for a project we were working on. We are always trying to utilize the material as much as we can to reduce our cost. If you can't nest the pieces you want on the material than where is the cost savings to nest.
     
  4. LECS Hunter

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    All, check out one of our videos on nesting. This may help. Thank you for your questions.

    Hunter
     
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    JEL DESIGNER Well-Known Member

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    I have watched this video numerous times. It gives about the same information as the class does. I am better off doing the nest manually in the software or even doing it in my dxf that I import in from Autocad. The video is a 3 minute presentation on how it is suppose to work. I as well as others have probably tried what the video wants us to do and found out it doesn't work all the time. I have even watched the video as I was doing the nesting. It gets a little frustrating when the software tells you the nest will take multiple plates and when I do the nest myself I get everything on one plate. I know I have tried the different angles and spacing to try to get the nesting part to work for me. I know from a manufacturing and engineering standpoint my time is better used if the software is to work correctly for nesting than when I have to nest manually.
     

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