Nesting: Part Spacing and Margins

Nesting: Part Spacing and Margins

When setting part spacing and margins for a nested sheet it is important to have a small space. This is done to allow a greater yield but leadin/out needs to be taken into consideration as they may gauge a part. Damaged and/or rough edges of a sheet also need to be considered.


This document will go over some basics of when it comes to part spacing and margins when nesting however there is more information available through the help menu. This can be easily accessed within each dialog window by selecting Question Mark Icon.


Reviewing field definition is recommended.


Review Field Definitions


Nest To…

When setting part to part distance and margins, where these will reference to needs to be taken into consideration. This is within the Nesting Configuration>Nest to

Note: All changes to Nesting Configuration need to be made before adding parts or creating nest. If changes are required nest will need to be recreated.


Nesting Configuration


Nesting to Tool Center: will force all toolpaths to use computer compensation therefore all output code will have tool compensation set to off. This also parts to be nested so closely to together there is no waste material or very minimal.

Part spacing = Tool 1 Radius + Tool 2 Radius + Part to Part Distance


Part Spacing Diagram


Nest area diagram


Nest to Tool Diameter: will force all toolpaths to use control compensation. This will result in a larger space between parts.

Part spacing = Tool 1 Diameter + Tool 2 Diameter + Part to Part Distance


Part Spacing Ratios


Nesting Area




Margins are set up within the sheet tab of a nest.


Sheet tab


Part to Part Distance

Part to part distance is set up within the part tab of a nest.


Part tab



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