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Quick Start

Quick Start

To get started, just push the toolbar button that was installed for your version of CorelDRAW. This will display the main menu screen for the Nesting Tool. Note that if you do not have the drawing that you want to nest open then you must close the Nesting Tool main menu screen to open that drawing.

Creating a New Job Automatically

The example we will use here is the NewJob01.cdr file. This is a simple drawing that makes it easy to explain thebeginning steps for a nesting job file.

This drawing contains all the elements needed on a single layer. The layers for the sheet / stock to nest onto andthe layer for the nest itself will be added automatically if all conditions are met:

1. The layer that all the shapes are on MUST be named "Layer 1"
2. No extra layers have been added for SHAPES, STOCK or NEST purposes.
3. The largest shape on "Layer 1" is the stock piece working area to nest onto

Base Drawing Example to Illustrate Nesting Tool For CorelDRAW Standard Edition

Here is what the layer structure looks like at this point:

Nesting Tool Illustrations - Layer Structure

Open the nesting menu

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Press the 'Setup Job' button. The Job Setup Screen is displayed.

Since there is only one user layer named "Layer 1" the job will be created automatically using the default parameters. Note the default Kerf Width, Safety and Rotate Step values. You will probably want to change these. The default quantity of 1 will allow an initial layout. This is useful for approximating how much material is needed for one of each shape.

Nesting Tool Illustrations - New Job Auto Setup

Here is what the layer structure looks like after automatically adding the STOCK_LAYER and NEST_LAYER and renaming Layer 1 to be SHAPES_LAYER.

Nesting Tool Illustrations - New Job Set Up

Here is what the layer structure looks like after automatically adding the STOCK_LAYER and NEST_LAYER and renaming Layer 1 to be SHAPES_LAYER.

Nesting Tool Illustrations - New Job Set Up - 2

After all this is completed press the 'Done' button to return to the main menu. Then Press the 'Do Nesting' button to make the nested shapes.

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Here is the completed nest onto the stock piece.

Nesting Tool Illustration - After Nested

To see if the nesting quantities were satisfied press the 'Report' button to look at the nesting report.

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Here is what the report for this nest looks like

Nesting Tool Illustrations  - New Job Report

Editing an Existing Job

The example we will use here is the Abalam01.cdr file. This is two different fingerboard inlay sets that will be nested on a sheet of Abalam, a VERY expensive laminated shell product. Note that this a custom setup so the PART_LAYER is a non-standard name. We also have two layers for the stock piece, one for the actual area to be
nested and one to represent the sheet that is used on the Laser / CNC system with margins. There are also two different sizes of inlay dots used to finish filling the sheet.

Nesting Tool Illustrations - New Job - Shape Selected

Open the Nesting Tool main menu:

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Press the 'Setup Job' button:

Notice that when you select a row the corresponding shape on the PART_LAYER becomes selected. That is how you know which shape you are working with. After selecting the row / shape you want to edit change the Quantity and / or Shape Name then press the Update button to make the changes permanent. You can also edit the
shape name to make future edits easier.

Nesting Tool Illustrations - Set Up - Edit

Here is what the nest looks like for this drawing and job:

After Using Nesting Tool

You can also marquee select a set of shape in CorelDRAW then press the 'Setup Job' button. This will allow the quantity to be set equal for all of those shapes. This is good for things like the fingerboard inlays that must be made in sets.

Here is the fingerboard inlay set with the snowflake shapes selected in CorelDRAW:

Now, when you press the 'Setup Job' button the nesting setup screen will show all of those shapes selected. You can then just enter the quantity you want and press the 'Update Selected Quantities' button.

Nesting Tool Illustrations - New Job Shapes Selected

Note: You MUST use 'setup job' every time you nest