True Shape Nesting

True shape nesting is a feature that uses a more detailed nesting algorithm to fit even more objects into a specified area. Because it nests objects based on their actual shape, true shape nesting is able to pack shapes together much more closely than the standard nesting algorithm.

True shape nesting uses a more complex algorithm than standard nesting and may take considerably longer to nest a group of objects.

True Shape Nested (Break text selected)

  • Select the objects.
  • From the Arrange menu, select True Shape Nest.
  • In DesignCentral, adjust the following parameters:
Sets the width of the panel in which the objects will be nested.
Sets the height of the panel in which the objects will be nested.
Sets the minimum space between objects after nesting.
Sets the amount of rotation to be applied to the objects while nesting.
Specifies the number of copies of the nested objects that will be created. If more than 1, the extra copies will be duplicates of the first set of nested objects.
Compress Ratio Displays the compression percentage of the current nested area compared to the original unnested area.
Break Text Allows text objects to be separated into individual characters before nesting in order to fit the text into a smaller amount of material. If cleared, each text object will be nested as one big object.
Use holes Allows smaller objects to be nested inside the holes of larger objects. (A period might be nested inside the letter O, for example.)
  • Click Redraw to re-nest the selected objects after making changes.
  • Click Apply.

True Shape Nesting can also be applied to Contour Cut Jobs. When applied, the jobs will be nested based on the Contour Cut Path instead of the bounding box of the file :