Nesting software

Autodesk's nesting software works all nesting types and components to optimize the efficiency of your projects, providing several benefits for you and your clients.

What is nesting software?

Nesting software optimizes the layout of multiple flat components on a piece of raw material, maximizing the yield from a piece or roll of flat stock. It saves time, reduces waste, and produces the most efficient layout possible.

Nesting software for fabrication

Autodesk nesting software optimizes fabrication workflows. You can compare different nesting studies to find the ideal approach, combine similar materials into separate nests for more efficient use, and seamlessly connect with downstream manufacturing processes. Changes made to your model are updated in the nest automatically, too.

Benefits of nesting software

Nesting software optimizes fabrication workflow, from preventing waste and increasing throughput to enhancing quality control.

Reduce waste

Efficient layouts, enhanced accuracy, and automatic cost-saving calculations minimize scrap costs.

Speed up the process

Nesting software reduces programming time and simplifies rework, all in the same interface.

Collaborate easily

Generate detailed reports and easily share and edit files with others, so you can better collaborate with your team and clients.

Improve efficiency

Nesting software streamlines workflows through seamless integration, customizable templates, and more to save you time.

How can you use nesting software?

CNC programming

Nesting software takes the pain out of hand-programming by generating G-code with Fusion 360.


Sheet metal

Sheet metal designing is fast and efficient with cutting layouts created from nesting software.


CNC machining

Confidently manage the material removal process of CNC machining with Autodesk nesting software.


Types of nesting

Autodesk nesting tools and software can optimize a variety of nesting types, streamlining your projects.

Automatic nesting

Autodesk software amplifies the benefits and efficiency of automatic nesting while delivering nuanced control and customization options for projects.


Intelligent nesting

Optimize material usage and reduce programming time by using Autodesk software in intelligent nesting projects to produce complex layouts with speed and accuracy.


Manual nesting

Autodesk software allows you to automate manual nesting to reduce cost and time. It optimizes multi-sheet and multi-material nests to prepare them for CNC machine cutting.


Nesting software resources

Learn more about nesting tools and software with the following resources from Autodesk.

Learn how to use Autodesk nesting software features with guided tutorials.


See what the integrated nesting and fabrication extension can offer you.


Learn about key features of Fusion 360 and the value it adds to your operations.


Read about one company's experience with Fusion 360.


See how the Nesting & Fabrication Extension expands manufacturing capabilities.


Using Autodesk software to build more with less.


Nesting software FAQs

Learn more about the benefits and specifics related to Autodesk's nesting software.

What is nesting in CNC programming?

CNC programming refers to the creation of computer programs that control manufacturing machine tools. Nesting is the process of cutting as many parts with as few material sheets as possible. Autodesk nesting software generates codes and programs to speed this process and make cuts more efficient and resourceful.

How much does nesting software cost?

Autodesk offers Inventor Nesting software as part of the Product Design & Manufacturing Collection, which can be billed at $375 per month or $3,000 per year. You may also purchase the Fusion 360 Nesting & Fabrication Extension, which expands those capabilities and features, for $200 per month or $1,600 per year. Free trials are available for both products.

What is nesting software for laser cutting?

Nesting in laser cutting is the process of arranging designs in a way that makes the most use of the material. Nesting software automates this process and helps ensure maximum efficiency and accuracy for laser cutting.

What is 2D nesting?

2D nesting is nesting done on flat materials to create 2D parts and shapes. Examples include sheet metal fabrication and carbon manufacturing.

What is common cutting?

Common line cutting is when designs for one or more parts share the same edge, reducing material waste. It may speed cutting times of nested sheets and reduce heat-related distortions.

What is fly cutting?

A fly cutter is a single-point rotary cutting tool that moves across the surface of flat materials. Fly cutting uses this tool to make a shallow cut or to level a material's surface.

What is bump nesting?

Bump nesting is the act of manually dropping shapes or part designs onto the sheet layout. It can be used in conjunction with automatic nesting to fill in spaces left after automatic nesting.

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