This article is the second in a four-part series on the basics of using SigmaNEST. Other articles in this series:
After parts have been added to the workspace, you can add them to a new task. Tasks are created based on the machine, material type and thickness. Each task has its own parameters, which determine how the parts are nested. To nest your parts, first create a task, then Auto Nest the parts in the task.
Create a task
On the Workspace tab, in the Nesting group, click New Task.
If you want to add all parts to the task, click the double right arrow. To add only specific parts, use the Ctrl and Shift keys to select multiple parts, and then click the single right arrow to add those parts to the task.
Tip: You can use the Parts List filter to sort parts by parameters such as material and thickness. Hover your pointer over the header item (for example, Material), then click the arrow that appears. Select the corresponding check boxes to display only parts which meet your criteria.
Tip: To remove all parts from a task, click the double left arrow. To remove only selected parts from a task, select those parts, then click the single left arrow.
- Click Task Parameters to set the options for the task.
- Use the Machine list to select a machine.
- Use the Auto Nesting Type list to select a nesting type.
Modify other settings as needed.
Tip: Use the Set as Default button to save your settings for the next task of the same material, thickness, and machine.
- Click OK to close the Task Parameters.
- Click OK to create the task.
On the Nesting tab, in the Nest group, click Auto Nest.
The parts are automatically nested based on the task parameters. The Nesting Engine Status provides data, such as the time elapsed and the estimated time remaining.
When nesting is complete, continue to Apply Toolpath.
Beyond the basics
Ready to learn more about tasks and nests in SigmaNEST? Check out the Task Creation and Nesting and Optimization sections to learn more about Task Parameters, nesting optimization, and choosing the best nesting engine for your parts.