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Feature: Common Edge Cutting with Collision Avoidance

Automatically Cut Common Part Edges while Laser Nesting without the problem of collisions with adjacent parts.

What is it?

The Common Edge Cutting is a feature within OptiLaser software. The software automatically programs parts in a nest or layout of parts to share common edges and avoid collision caused by tipping or bow up parts.

Where is it used?

The Common Edge Cutting feature is used in flat stock or 2D laser cutting applications..

How does it work?

When creating the nest, the software automatically and intelligently selects part sides that present common cutting opportunities, i.e., those "matches" that offer optimal time-savings by keeping the laser head performing "double duty" the longest. You can control which parts are candidates for common cutting as a feature in the part library.

With Safety Overcut, a part of the Collision Avoidance feature, the laser path is extended just past the common cut edge, as if beginning the next part. This cuts out the need for another lead-in cut, which eliminates the risk of damage to the next part. It also ensures the laser head will not get too close to the previous cut and thus risk a collision with a freed part (along with the consequent costs of damage to a laser head or lost productivity due to shut downs).

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Watch Common Edge Cutting Work

Automatic common edge cutting is the product of smart programming and settings that let you cut the way you want. See it in action with our flash presentation.

What's the benefit?

By aligning common edges it eliminates material between parts and reduces cycle time necessary to cut two edges instead of one. Pierce time is greatly reduced by edge starting in the safety overcut.

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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