The Benefits of Nesting Software and How Autodesk Fusion 360 Can Help

Rana Udayveer Singh Rana Udayveer Singh August 17, 2023

3 min read

Save time, reduce errors, and optimize material utilization with Fusion 360 Nesting and Fabrication Extension.

In the world of fabrication and manufacturing, efficient material usage is crucial. Nesting software is a powerful tool that can help optimize material usage, and the Fusion 360 Nesting & Fabrication Extension enables users to leverage this functionality seamlessly.

The Fusion 360 Nesting & Fabrication Extension makes a huge impact for Ganas Manufacturing—reducing expected scrap from 25% to just 5% of any given sheet.

What is nesting software?

Nesting software refers to specialized applications that arrange 2D shapes or parts onto flat sheets of material in the most efficient way possible. It aims to minimize waste by maximizing material usage and reducing cutting time. By intelligently positioning and nesting shapes, manufacturers can significantly improve their production processes and reduce costs.

How to maximize efficiency with nesting software

To make the most of nesting software, manufacturers can employ various techniques and strategies to maximize efficiency and material utilization.


Automated nesting

Automated nesting tools are designed automatically optimize the arrangement of parts. By leveraging automated nesting, manufacturers can achieve efficient nesting layouts quickly and accurately, minimizing waste and improving productivity.

Material optimization techniques

Manufacturers can also implement material optimization techniques to further enhance efficiency, including:

Fusion 360 Nesting & Fabrication Extension

The Nesting and Fabrication Extension is available directly within Fusion 360. Users can easily transition from the design phase to the nesting phase, ensuring a smooth and efficient process. This also eliminates the need for exporting designs to separate nesting software, saving time and reducing potential errors during the transfer.

The Fusion 360 Nesting & Fabrication Extension enables you to easily generate nesting reports.

This extension offers a range of features, including:

Benefits of the Fusion 360 Nesting & Fabrication Extension

The Nesting & Fabrication Extension offers many advantages for manufacturers, including:

Check out this step-by-step guide to creating customizable, printable labels for easier part tracking with the Fusion 360 Nesting & Fabrication Extension. And check out this video to see how nests are linked to the design and material settings when making changes and recalculating the nest.

Try the Fusion 360 Nesting & Fabrication Extension

The Fusion 360 Nesting & Fabrication Extension is a powerful tool to optimize efficiency and material usage. By leveraging automated nesting and implementing material optimization techniques, manufacturers can significantly reduce waste, enhance productivity, and lower production costs.

Ready to boost your efficiency? Try the Fusion 360 Nesting & Fabrication Extension free for 14 days.

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