What’s the best way to efficiently nest the parts from multiple projects over multiple MASLOW sessions on a piece of raw material? I’d like to increase the efficiency of my sheet good usage.
Currently my workflow is as follows:
1 - Nest parts for a given MASLOW session in my cad software (Fusion 360 using the Nester app (https://github.com/tapnair/NESTER))
2 - Generate the G-code
3 - Within Ground Control, open the G-code.
4 - Within Ground Control, use the move functions to position the router on the sheet where there’s enough space to cut it out. Then click the GC “define home” button to define the start 0,0 position.
Every part I cut gets the same treatment listed above.
One approach would be create a Project for each sheet of material (plywood) and insert the parts for each maslow session into this file. Then all the various components could be nested on a single sheet. Each set of parts would get it’s own “setup” and associated tool paths. Only the current setup would be active, all other setups would be suppressed when generating the G-code.
This approach would be better, but it still wouldn’t be nested as efficiently as possible. This is because the nesting would be by part set, not all parts that would ultimately be cut from the sheet.
Does anyone have a better way to efficiently use each sheet of material? Are there better nesting apps for Fusion 360?