Processing Station Nest Options - Border Method

Processing Station Nest Options - Border Method

This article covers Border Methods available in the Nest tab of the Processing Station options interface.  For more information on processing station options see the article Nesting Processing Station Controls and Settings .

Standard Border Method

The standard rectangular nesting optimizer is a specialized algorithm for the nesting of rectangular parts on rectangular sheets of material. Parts are automatically optimized within predefined sheets according to the following user-defined settings for part placement.

Setmill Location

The Setmill Location option allows you to select starting location for the lead-in/out along a part border.
Choose from the following available options:
  1. Longest Edge
  2. Top Edge
  3. Bottom Edge
  4. Left Edge
  5. Right Edge

Sequence

The Sequence option allows you to define the method the optimizer will use to determine a sequence that the tool will travel from part to part in the nest.
Choose from the following available options:
  1. Least Travel - Tool path sequence that results in the least distance traveled. 
  2. Smallest to Largest - Tool path sequence that prioritizes small parts first.
  3. Largest to Smallest - Tool path sequence that prioritizes large parts first.
  4. Serpentine Left to Right - Tool path sequence that travels through the nest from left to right.
  5. Serpentine Right to Left - Tool path sequence that travels through the nest from right to left.
  6. Serpentine Bottom to Top - Tool path sequence that travels through the nest from bottom to top.
  7. Serpentine Top to Bottom - Tool path sequence that travels through the nest from top to bottom.

Center/Common Line

Common line cutting is a process that utilizes the common path between parts as a tool path. This nesting option can significantly reduce machine cycle time when cutting out rectangular parts like shelves cabinet size backs and tops. This method also greatly increases tool life by reducing the total distance traveled by the tool.

Stay Down

Stay down nesting reduces machine cycle times by drastically reducing router tool retraction and plunge operations within an optimized pattern. This technology also increases tool life, stay down nesting is compatible with rectangular and true shape optimization. The stay-down algorithm can be fine-tuned using the complexity level slide bar. 

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