October 4, 2012
Here is a question sent to us by Paul:
We had encountered some serious issues which we had tried resolving on our own and which we did not have before. The files are placed one on top of another for some reason?? Could you please take a look at that. Perhaps for you it is a quick fix. Thank you in advance.
This problem is due to a bad setup of the Optinest layer filter.
To set the layer filter, go to the "Pieces" menu and choose "Pieces DXF import". Double click just one of the DXF files you want to use, this will open the file in the DXF Pieces Import window.
The Other Entities list contains a list of layer and DXF entities in the drawing you imported.
In the "Outer and inner Outline Layers" box type in the layers that contain the outlines or shapes to be nested.
If your outline is on the "0" layer type in "0" if you type "0* "all layers beginning with "0" will be considered outlines. This is not case sensitive ie: GREEN = green.
When you click the Apply button Optinest will put the "0" layer in the "Select Pieces to be imported" list.
This are considered the shapes that have to be nested.
If you have machining associated with the parts, tick "Tooling Import" and when you click "Apply" the other layers that contain entities inside the outline shape will be moved to the "Inner Outlines and Toolings" list.
If you have specific layers that contain machining you can add their names in the text box "Tooling Layers". This is useful if you don't want all the other layers to be considered tooling.
When you click OK the par will be imported and Optinest will display the nesting parameters for the part.
Import the part and close the nesting file.
Start a new project and select all the files to import.
Optinest will now be using the filter you set up and will nest the shape of the parts contained in the "0" layer.
If you need help setting this up don't hesitate to ask for a mini Team Viewer session that's part of your Premium Support package.
Hope this is helpful,