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TruNest features for manufacturing

Optimize nesting, cutting, and fabrication with TruNest software. Learn about the user-friendly features in TruNest.

Customized user experience

  • Customizable user interface

    Create user groups by role or access level for greater customization, security, and fewer mistakes. (video: 1:09 min.)

  • Menu tree and ribbon control

    Customize your dashboard, tree, and ribbon menus to quickly access favorite functions and frequently used tools. (video: 1:48 min.)

  • Viewport controls

    Inspect part data after translation. Use the same viewport to review, inspect, and measure nested results. (video: 1:14 min.)

  • Facility filtering

    Work with data filtered by a specific facility, machine, or both.

  • New | Themes

    Explore the fluent theme with 2 light and 2 dark color variations.

  • Server monitoring

    Server monitoring and data syncing are in real time, between the master and client databases.

  • Server data syncs

    Experience significantly improved response times with data syncs between the server and enterprise clients.

  • New | Improved database syncing

    Multiple users can simultaneously pull data from the same server-based database table and control the direction of data syncs.

  • New | Time-based task execution

    Automatically execute tasks on a repeating time interval.

  • New | Date-range filtered display

    Selectively filter nest-related data.

  • New | CSV import and export

    CSV data formatted in non-"en-US" locales can be imported or exported via the action system or directly from the grid once properly configured.

Part translation

  • Translate part data from many sources

    TruNest uses the SmarTran universal translator, which ensures that all part geometries are suitable for nesting. (video: 1:08 min.)

  • Automatic part assembly

    Interpret metadata in the original CAD file including part name, assembly name, and material designation. (video: 1:19 min.)

  • Reverse engineer legacy data

    TruNest translates CAD formats and converts NC (numerical control) code from legacy programs into usable CAD data.

Scheduling and reporting

  • Order entry and scheduling

    Add parts or assemblies to an active order until nesting time and increase nesting efficiency. (video: 1:07 min.)

  • ERP/MRP system integration

    Integrates with ERP and MRP systems to automatically schedule new orders and nest them, based on workload.

  • Barcode input and output

    TruNest supports QR code scanning, and lets you generate barcodes for tracking purposes.

  • New | HTML reports and workspace

    Use rich, customizable HTML-based nest reports, and access a built-in HTML viewer workspace.

  • New | Exact-match filters

    Order manager filters now support exact-matching and wildcard-style matching for entered text.

  • PNG file support

    Generate PNG files to quickly visualize nests and parts, or to use in custom reports.


  • Etching and labeling

    Use pen markers, sticky labels, or etched part information for labeling directly on each part.

  • Automatic common line cutting

    TruNest automatically recognizes the common line between parts and removes unnecessary cutting motions.

  • Head-down logic for pierce reduction

    TruNest optimizes the starting cut positions, so you use the minimum number of pierces on each nest.

  • Skeleton cutting/auto destruct cycle

    Use skeleton cutting and auto destruct to increase machine safety, easily unload parts, and more.

  • Optimized saw/waterjet cutting logic

    TruNest supports automatic tooling and cut sequence generation for saw/waterjet combination machines.

  • Linear nesting

    TruNest supports linear nesting of bar stock, extrusions, and rods.

  • Automatic tabbing

    Automatically hold each part in place during cutting, using small pieces of materials called tabs.

  • Flat ply splitting

    View a list of plies that don't fit on the roll, so you can more accurately nest plies.

  • Double-sided routing

    Program routing tools to automatically run on 2 sides of the part, and automatically generate part repositions.

  • New | Fly cutting

    Transforms collinear segments into continuous cut sequences to allow rapid cutting of grid patterns.

CNC postprocessors

  • Ply cutters

    TruNest Composites supports all major brands of composite ply cutters, including Autometric, Eastman, GFM, and more.

  • Multiple machine setup

    TruNest selects the best machine for the job, based on cutting time and current machine workload.

  • Punch presses

    TruNest Multi-Tool supports all major brands of punch presses, including standard punch shapes and custom shape punch tools.

  • Saw cutters

    TruNest Multi-Tool supports automatic tooling and cut sequence generation for manual and automated saws.

  • Saw/waterjet combination cutters

    TruNest Multi-Tool supports automatic tooling and cut sequence generation for saw/waterjet combination machines.

  • Additional postprocessors

    There are several new postprocessors to support additional machine types.

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