Frequently Asked Questions
What is CNC Nesting
Numerical control (NC) is the automation of machine tools that are operated by precisely programmed commands encoded on a storage medium, as opposed to controlled manually via hand wheels or levers, or mechanically automated via cams alone. Most NC today is computer numerical control (CNC), in which computers play an integral part of the control.
To minimize the amount of scrap raw material produced during cutting, companies use nesting software. The software analyses the parts (shapes) to be produced at a particular time. Using proprietary algorithms, it then determines how to lay these parts out in such a way as to produce the required quantities of parts, while minimizing the amount of raw material wasted. Off-the-shelf nesting software packages address the optimization needs. While some cater only to rectangular nesting, others offer profile or shape nesting where the parts required can be any odd shape. These irregular parts can be created using popularcomputer-aided design (CAD) tools. Most of the profile nesting software can read IGES or DXF profile files automatically, a few of them work with built-in converters. An important consideration in shape nesting is to verify that the software in question actually performs true profile nesting and not just block nesting. In block nesting an imaginary rectangle is drawn around the shape and then the rectangles are laid side-by side which actually is not profile nesting. There remains scope for waste reduction.
What are some examples of Custom CNC Services?
If you can dream it or draw it, we likely can cut it. We build custom Speaker boxes, store fixtures, carvings, jigs and many other things. We can take your drawings and route or cut what you are looking for. If you have repeatable items, we will place them in our online catalog under your company (so only you can purchase them) for ease of reordering.
Can I upload a cut list for Dovetail Drawers?
Yes, you can upload a CSV list of your drawers. We are also working on direct imports from Cabinet Vision and other popular softwares to import directly from your cabinet drawings.
Can I only order online?
No, we have many orders that are emailed or brought in. Please order whatever way is most convenient for you.