Are there any functions in SolidEdge which allows me to layout an assembly, like flat pack furniture I suppose, so that I can have it laser cut from a sheet?
I'm not really sure what I'm looking for would be called but basically I want to be able to lay out all the components from an assembly on a sheet and move them around to make the best use of the sheet material so that there is little wastage after cutting.
I'm using ST9. Ideally I'd like some thing free (if it exists) but are there any tools which can help?
I'm not sure how indepth you're looking for, but Google for free nesting software and look at some of the options.
I used this software, didn't pay for exported dxf of my nests, I just used it to calculate how many sheets for some jobs, just to get a rough idea, and what size sheets would work best.
@Cosmarchy What you are talking about is "Nesting" and this is typically a function of the CAM software used top program sheet metal punch presses or lasers.
Here's a few specialty nesting applications that I found with a quick Google search:
I have no experience with any of these and therefore make no recommendations. I did notice as I was collecting them that some offered a free trial but don't know if it is usable as a dxf output
For rectangle forms maxcut is perfect and free, but if you need freeform nesting you will need to pay.
Thanks for your assistance guys
I wasn't aware of it being called nesting but it certainly looks like there are quite a few options out there.
Looks like Maxcut will be the best starting place. I'll see how I get on with it...