Nesting Process
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Optimation collects thousands of data points on each nest per sheet, per material and per machine. Every nest can be thoroughly analyzed with a quick review of the summary tables.   Read more

Q&A Quick Facts
Can your software add cuts to reduce the left-over nest skeleton into smaller pieces?

We can automatically make vertical and/or horizontal cuts in the skeleton at set increments. Furthermore, we can make the cuts before, during, or after the parts are cut.

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"AxiomVE is by far the most significant change because it does more than any other change to help with the bottom line - better nesting efficiency. This combined with their awesome tech support makes Optimation hard to beat when it comes to value and service."
- Monroe Truck

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How automatic nesting and programming for 2D lasers saves time and material.


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Concurrent Engineering

Concurrent Engineering

Working with Part Designs:

CAD drawings along with pertinent pre-programmed inputs and manufacturing attributes are imported into Optimation® software directly from your CAD system or in combination with your CAD system and your manufacturing database. This design allows you to have a single database where you store your design and manufacturing database allowing Concurrent Engineering practices. Optimation is compatible with a wider range of CAD formats than any other nesting software.


From CAD to CAM:

The software automatically checks and cleans the CAD geometries and translates them into a CNC Part Program . . . or alerts you if uncorrectable errors are present. It also assigns the machining process and creates the tool paths. Parts are stored in the Part Library to allow for quality control mechanisms such as First Article Inspection and engineering changes. For manufacturers using Solidworks, AutoDesk Inventor, or Pro-Engineer/Creo CAD 3D solid modeling programs, our Partners offer an embedded CAD interface that extracts the 3D model and converts it to flat patterns for automated nesting.



Entering The Orders

Entering The Orders

Optimation integrates into your system by taking orders directly from your order generation software. This avoids manually keying orders into Optimation directly. We provide interfaces to any scheduling system through a variety of formats and options. Orders are automatically checked to ensure that the part can be produced including revision checking. Exceptions are "flagged" for review if needed. Clean orders with their scheduling requirements are placed in the Active Order File ready to be nested automatically and intelligently on schedule, in exact quantities. Part orders are automatically sorted into like material families (no need to sort them by material in the scheduling software).



Storehouse of Knowledge

Storehouse of Knowledge

Optimation has the only expert system for programming and nesting. Our expert system uses a knowledge base of information that includes general parameters, material parameters, machine parameters and tool parameters, along with other key attributes about your operation. Similarly, design and key values of the ready-to-nest part program are stored in the Part Library where they are available for immediate use. Considered together, these variables can be used to create the most "intelligent" nesting pattern possible . . . i.e. the one best suited to the needs of your manufacturing environment.



Creating the Nest

Creating the Nest

Sometimes a new technology overtakes and obsoletes all previous methods. Optimation is the only company to develop Vision Emulation and Multi-Dimensional Combinatorial Nesting technology that obsoletes all other nesting methods. See our full explanation of how the new technology greatly improves your nest efficiency and machine performance. This module enables the software to read the Active Order File for the current demand of parts, extract the appropriate ready-to-nest parts from the Part Library and, drawing on the parameters you have established in the "Knowledge Base," create the optimal nesting pattern. The Nesting Module enables you to get the parts you need, when you need them, in their exact quantities, at the lowest cost.



Communicating with the Operator and Machine Tool

Communicating with the Operator and Machine Tool

Finally, the nest code is sent to the machine tool for fabrication in machine specific numeric code that optimizes the machine's performance. In addition, the software automatically generates a nest summary report and plot to give the operator a comprehensive overview of each nest. Counting and memory tasks are eliminated through our unique human interface. The operator stays focused on cutting the parts and shipping them to the next operation; no complex tasks of part count and tracking.




Invite as many associates as you like. In a free, private, online demonstration, we show you how our approach to automatic nesting can shave time and material in your operation. Contact us now.



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