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Like any cutting process, there are a lot of variables that affect plasma cut quality.
There are many ways to cut mild steel plate, some of which are suited for automation some are not. Some are suited for thinner plate, some for thicker. Some are fast, some are slow.
Traditionally, a nesting system has been considered as a numerical control (NC) programming tool, wherein two-dimensional models of components generated in CAD software are used to generate G-code to drive computer numerically controlled (CNC) machines. Let’s think of a nesting system as part of a CAM (Computer Aided Manufacturing) system.
To cut parts from flat plate using a CNC cutting machine, whether it’s plasma, flame, waterjet, or laser, the CNC has to be programmed with the path of the desired shape or nest of shapes.