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Advanced Nesting
SOLIDWORKS Partner Product
NESTINGWORKS is an integrated solution designed to quickly organize products for optimized material usage. As an associative SOLIDWORKS add-in NESTINGWorks is easy to setup and start using. It’s advanced nesting capabilities, and low price point, makes it the perfect tool for designers and engineers that need to prepare sheet goods for manufacturing.

At a Glance
  • Runs inside SOLIDWORKS and maintains links to SOLIDWORKS files, meaning any update to a part will automatically update the nested sheet.
  • Near zero learning curve thanks to single dialogue box integration.
  • Nest parts precisely, no reliance on simplified patterns.
  • Automatically flattens sheet metal parts saving time.
  • Use for nesting composites wood and metals.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is CAD and CAM?
Computer aided design (CAD) allows you to create 3D models for products and prototypes. The 3D models are then given to a computer aided machining (CAM) package to apply cutter paths so the product can be cut from a piece of material on a computer numeric control (CNC) machine.

SOLIDWORKS features industry standard design tools that make 3D model generation effortless, and with the SolidCAM add-in, toolpaths can be added directly to the model in the same environment allowing you to get GCode to your machine in minutes.
What is the difference between CAD and CAM?
CAD (computer aided design) is used to create 3D models of products or prototypes whereas CAM (computer aided machining) uses a 3D model to create cutter paths for a CNC machine to cut out the 3D models shape from a piece of material.

Even though CAD and CAM are different toolsets SOLIDWORKS allows you to use them together as one. This simplifies your manufacturing by everything being within one file and one interface.
What is the difference between CAD, CAM and CNC?
CNC stands for computer numeric control and is used to describe a machine that is controlled by code. Often this code is referred to as G Code or Iso Code. Using CAD (computer aided design) and CAM (computer aided machining) we can create a 3D model and tool paths to remove unwanted material. A post processor is then used to convert this information into GCode for a CNC machine.
What is the best CAM software for CNC?
SolidCAM is a perfect CAM solution for users that work with SOLIDWORKS or non-native 3D cad. Being embedded inside SOLIDWORKS you can leverage not only the industry leading CAD package with excellent tools that deal with non-native cad effortlessly but you also get a comprehensive CAM package which has the leading roughing strategy, iMachining.
What is a post processor?
A post processor converts a CAM systems toolpath co-ordinates into a language that your CNC machine can interpret into machine movement.
What is CAD used for in manufacturing?
SOLIDWORKS is the industry standard CAD tool, it enables you to realize your ideas as 3D models.

From here SOLIDWORKS’ fully integrated CAM tools can create toolpaths directly onto your model and generate the NC code required for manufacturing, helping you to machine what you need with ease.
What are the advantages of using CAM?
Using SolidCAM instead of programming on the machine is a huge benefit for you. Not only this we can create complex toolpaths quickly and easily. Toolpaths can also update automatically with design changes. In addition to this in-built simulation can ensure that we cut first time right and that we do not gouge the part we want to make.

If this wasn’t enough SolidCAM’s iMachining can reduce cycle times by over 75% compare to traditional roughing strategies.
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To speak to someone about our manufacturing products, please call 01926 333777 or complete the form below and a member of our team will be in touch.

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