Sheet Metal Nesting Automation Software

For all types of CNC fabrication machines.

Free nesting benchmark comparison

Improving material nesting efficiency alone by 1 or 2% can often pay for a system in a matter of months, before you even take into account savings in machine runtime and programming time.

Complete the form on the right to request a FREE sheet metal nesting benchmark comparison. We'll ask you to send us your best nest along with the DXFs of included parts and any constraints, and we'll provide a comparison. You can then calculate (based on your annual material consumption) an approximate saving.

How much would 1% save you per year?

CADCAM and nesting for sheet metal and composite cutting

Whether you are a job shop producing small runs or a multi-national company looking for complete automation, JETCAM Expert CADCAM software delivers a comprehensive programming system for all CNC punching and profiling machines - including combination machines and machines with loading/unloading equipment and/or right angle shearing. Automation features such as Remote Control Processing (RCP) allow JETCAM Expert to be tightly integrated into existing data systems such as MRP, and provide feedback for Industry 4.0 (IoT) strategies.

CNC technologies supported

CNC Punch press nesting software


CNC Laser profiling nesting software


CNC combination machine nesting software


CNC waterjet nesting software


CNC Knife cutter nesting software

Sonic Knife

CNC plasma/Oxyfuel software


CNC router software


JET-Cut automatic fly cutting and JET-Optimizer

JET-Cut and JET-Optimizer are major steps forward in the automation of laser machines. JET-Cut allows 'fly cutting', also known as grid cutting, to be applied to arrays of holes. Unlike other systems this happens fully automatically. In tests, cut times for complex components are regularly reduced by 25-50%.

JET-Optimizer highly optimizes the sequence of cutting internal holes to minimize machine movements while avoiding travel over already cut holes.

Fly cutting, Grid Cutting

Case Study: I-Cherng Refrigeration.

A user of JETCAM since 1995, I-Cherng were persuaded to take software supplied with their new Amada fiber laser. After a month of struggling they contacted JETCAM and purchased a postprocessor and an update to the latest version, which included JET-Cut fly cutting. As a result they saw an increase in throughput of 13.2%, reduced programming time by 80% and also saw material yields improve by 5-30%.

Read case study/watch video

CrossTrack for composite material life tracking


Estimate how much nesting software can save

JETCAM Expert delivers a demonstrable return on investment in three key areas. Use our free online calculator to estimate how much you could save. Request a free nesting benchmark comparison get get a percentage saving.


Single hit to line of hits

Ideal for jobs that have hundreds or thousands of single hits, this new feature optimizes the path of any single hits creating during automatic tool placements and then converts single hits with regular spacing into lines of holes, drastically improving the nesting process.

Multi-tool holder logic

Updates to automatic tool assignment logic, ensuring that only used multitool holders are loaded into the turret loading screen, output into generic NC code and output into reports or report data.

High Performance Nesting (option)

HPN7 includes further enhancements to nesting efficiency, often paying for itself in a matter of weeks in material savings alone. New compaction routines and enhancements to multiprocessor support get the job done quicker and more efficiently. (Note: additional upgrade fee applies).

Multi-sheet nesting software

Multi-sheet nesting allows you to create even better optimization by considering different patterns across multiple sheets.

...and more.

Other features include improvements to the user interface, enhancements to Right Angle Shear support, DXF filtering tweaks to significantly improve processing of complex parts, new and enhanced RCP (remote control processing) commands, which is useful when implementing Industry 4.0 strategies, support for new machines and dozens of enhancements to existing postprocessors.

These are just some of the hundreds of new features in v20, which is available free of charge to all customers with a current maintenance contract.

Interactive or automatic, and scalable for all business types

JETCAM Expert for sheet metal is available in four core versions, and also has a number of additional modules available, depending on your needs. Expert Lite provides a low cost entry system. Expert 1 builds on this, with automation such as S.C.A.P. Expert Premium supports unlimited postprocessors, complex machines and modules such as Parametric Programming and High Performance Nesting. Expert Premium Connected Automation (CA) takes this one step further by offering tight integration to existing systems such as MRP that can then remotely control the full nesting process.

Features Lite Expert 1 Expert Premium Premium CA
DXF Viewer
Automatic hazard avoidance (holes and forms)
Interactive CAD with export facility
CAD drawing import for popular CAD and machine tool vendor formats
Component revision control, providing safety when generating static or dynamic nests
Automatic tool selection
Automatic micro-joints, lead-ins/outs, loops etc. Intelligently applied to parts nested at specific angles
Interactive nesting (arrays, bump nesting (free hand) and mosaic nesting)
Automatic nesting of a single component at 0 and 90 degrees
User definable machine macro commands
Automatic tool path and tool rotation optimisation with highly efficient sequencing of final cuts
Automatic repositioning and continuation of a cut over a reposition where required
Automatic parting and unloading of components at any angle
Automatic turret/magazine loading and Automatic Turret Nesting
Multiple tool libraries
Automatic placement of special tools, with new ‘exit direction’ feature to avoid collisions
Full simulation capabilities with runtime estimation data available for costing
Automatic sheet processing, including skeleton destruction, common line punching/cutting
Bevelling support
Heat avoidance
JET-Cut fully automatic Fly Cutting/JET-Optimizer
Single Component Automatic Processing (S.C.A.P.)  
CAD Filtering (auto-repairing of ‘dirty’ CAD files)  
Tool Teach Mode - ability to ‘learn’ preferred tooling methods  
Remnant Material Management    
Support for combination machines    
Support for complex machines (i.e. FMC, FMS etc.) or machines with optional extras (tapping units etc)    
Complete remote control ‘Connected Automation’ from external systems (e.g. MRP etc)