Key Features

User Interface

The nesting function is started using the menu entry in OptiScout.


Nesting Dialog

The objects on the program area are transferred to the nesting module.

The preview area displays the nesting objects.

The info line indicates the number of objets and the material consumption.

The message area informs about the carried out program steps.


Roll or Plate


Roll means virtually an never ending plate. With the option 'Roll' the nesting is done on the base of a material roll. Nesting computes automatically the rquired material length.


With this option nesting is performed on a 'plate' whose width and height can be predefined.

Rest Plate Option

With this option DXF files can be imported - using the Add button - that contains the contour of the rest plate. Material faults can be considered.

File List

This File list specifies all added rest plates by name.






Min. Border Distance

This value determines how far the nesting objects should be placed from the roll or plate border.

Tools's Diameter

The tool diameter is considered regarding the final object distance.

Min. Object Distance

If the tool diameter is equal 0 then the object distance after the nesting is equal to the entered value.

The object distance increases corresponding to the tool diameter value.


Additionally 3 nesting options can be toggled: Object within object, Fill holes first and Allow overlapping.








Pairing is subject to the following principle: generation of an as much as possible small, pair-enclosing frame.

Pairing Options

In order to establish the most favorable possibility the appropriate part is selected, the desired option is activated. The Nest button starts the evaluation.

Nesting objects dialog with pairing preview
Pairing options with 2 examples: vertical and overlapping


All contour nesting objects are listed and can be selected separately.

Three options can be pre-selected for the nesting direction: automatical, horizontal, vertical.

The nesting direction is the direction in which preferentially should be nested. The minimal rotation angle and the priority can be determined.



After input of number of objects and selecting the nesting mode, like pairing, object distance or border, the nesting algorithms calculate an optimal positioning with minimum area consumption.

The nesting result is displayed in a preview window.

After the examination of the result the objects are transferred to the main program.