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Feature: Collision Avoidance

Collision Avoidance software creates an optimal head motion path that eliminates costly head raise time while intelligently avoiding previously cut tool paths. Reduces Cycle Time and Avoids Costly Downtime.

What is it?

It is a CNC programming feature that creates an optimal head motion path that eliminates costly head raise time while intelligently avoiding previously cut tool paths. Keeping the head down allows for rapid motion to the next tool path without having to raise, lower and reset the height sensor for cutting; thereby cutting significant time out of the cutting process.

Where is it used?

Collision Avoidance is a feature within the OptiLaser nesting software. It's application is primarily in the 2D laser cutting process; however it can be used in other contouring applications.

How does it work?

Collision Avoidance is a process of creating the tool path in such a way as to minimize the number of times the laser head must be raised to pass over previously cut paths and parts while minimizing the rapid movement distance.


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Watch Collision Avoidance Work

Protecting your parts and machine are critical to successful laser cutting. See how our Collision Avoidance tool achieves smooth operation with intelligent tool path creation.


What's the benefit?

Collision Avoidance offers two primary benefits. First, by eliminating the slow, Z-axis motion, the laser head can be directed to rapid or reposition to the next tool path more quickly, decreasing processing time.

In addition, it prevents the laser head from running into the tipped up edge of a part which has already been cut. This avoids potential damage to the laser head or lost productivity due to shut downs should such a collision occur.

Finally, the shortest amount of rapid motion between tool paths is achieved consistent with avoiding previously cut tool paths.


A benchmark is a free test run of Optimation® software using your parts, your materials, and due dates. We'll benchmark on any of your fabrication processes - laser, turret punch, waterjet, router, or knife - using your machine's interface. Compare the cost savings of our nesting solution results side by side with your current solution. Contact us now.



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