Panel Optimization and Nesting on Linux

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21 Apr 2016 11:58 - 22 Apr 2016 11:44 #73683 by eFalegname
Do you use any program that runs on Linux for optimal use of panels of plywood, leather, glass, textile, plastic sheets, etc...?
I need to reduce the scrap at milling ABS sheets, I know there is a lot of programs for Windows, but I don't want to go to my windoz machine for a simple guillotine nesting.

I would like a sort of Gcode generator that can:
  1. import a cutlist,
  2. can do a true nested shape,
  3. nest parts inside other parts, mirror and rotate,
  4. nesting of both sides with instructions to reverse the sheet,
  5. edge bands,
  6. add tabs or leave an onion skin to the nested parts,
  7. manual arrange of tabs,
  8. screw hold down / pressure foot hold down,
  9. add sheet margin,
  10. grain direction,
  11. calculate the mill diameter or saw kerf,
  12. support end mill dynamic diameter compensation G41.1; G42.1,
  13. drilling cycle,
  14. manual arrange post optimization,
  15. print QR barcode labels,
  16. import - export dxf,

  17. that -
would be awesome.

I found this online wizard but I haven't internet on my shop linux machine:
online nesting wizard powered by Rhinoceros
or:
Nestlibonline
another one:
MyNesting
Last edit: 22 Apr 2016 11:44 by eFalegname.

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21 Apr 2016 12:28 #73686 by andypugh
There is some very basic nesting in SheetCAM
www.sheetcam.com/features/nesting

But it appears that the plug-in support for auto-nesting only supports windows-only packages.

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21 Apr 2016 12:36 #73687 by eFalegname
In fact, I have installed SheetCAM on Linux and I don't see a functionality suitable for nesting parts

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21 Apr 2016 12:38 #73688 by eFalegname
I found this other software.

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21 Apr 2016 12:42 #73689 by Todd Zuercher
You'll need to research CAM programs. Nesting is usually one of the things they do. I don't know of anything for nesting parts from a part list on the fly at the machine.

As a side note, I haven't ran into a computer nesting program that can beat a human when it comes to squishing the most parts onto a sheet. I can almost always fit a few more in the same space as the CAM programs I use do. But it can be much faster than doing it by hand, and give hints to better nesting pasterns for complex shapes.

The CAM we use is Enroute from SAi and it's a Windows only program.

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21 Apr 2016 12:50 #73690 by Todd Zuercher
That Simple Cutting Software X looks like it would be nice for running a Beam Saw.

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22 Apr 2016 11:17 #73710 by eFalegname
True Shape version also run on Linux

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