Reducing material waste is one of the best options to save on material, time, and money. EasySIGN offers handy nesting tools to use your material as efficiently as possible.You can use Block Nesting and True Shape Nesting for optimization of your media usage.

What is Nesting?

Nesting is the process of placing parts of your design as efficiently as possible to save on production materials.

How this works in EasySIGN is best explained with an example of a production file with many objects which needs to be produced. The following worksheet contains a variety of objects that need to be cut from the same vinyl color.

When you produce this file, the objects will be cut according to the position on the worksheet. The objects are placed quite efficiently but there is still some space that will be wasted. For optimization of the position of the objects you can use the EasySIGN Nesting tools.

1. Block nesting

Effects > Block nesting

Within the Block Nesting menu you can set the orientation of the objects. Choose for Horizontal or Vertical laying out of the objects. Size defines the available speace in this direction and Space the space between objects.
You can set the method for the lay out: choose for Ordered to keep similar objects together or choose for Optimal if objects can be placed randomly for additional space saving.
Optionally you can choose to split text into words or characters. This option can only be used when the position of the separate characters in your design is not fixed.

Press Apply to activate the Block Nesting.

By using the Block Nesting tool on this design you save approximately one-third of the media for cutting the job! After applying the Block Nesting you can manually adjust the Block Nesting by selecting the drag tool as available within the EasySIGN toolbox on the left side of your EasySIGN worksheet.

You can change the position of the Block Nesting by moving the magenta line of the Block Nesting effect.

2. True Shape Nesting

Another nesting tool is True Shape Nesting. The difference between Block Nesting and True Shape Nesting is that with True Shape Nesting the objects can be rotated separately to obtain a further saving on material waste and the nesting is based on cut lines instead of the shape's contour lines. To see the difference with Block Nesting we will start with the original design to show the steps for setting the True Shape Nesting.

2.1 Prepare for True Shape Nesting

Effects > True shape nesting > Prepare
The first step is to prepare the design for True Shape Nesting. Preparing for True Shape Nesting is required as you need to specify the various settings and line type which will be applied during the nesting.

If you don't want to define cut lines at this point, you can use the Sign Blanc as a neutral line type. Besides the line style, you can set the space around the various objects when nesting and you can choose straight or rounded corners of the lines with which the nesting is calculated. After entering the nesting settings press Apply to activate the nesting preparation.

When you zoom in on the worksheet you now can see the newly created sign blanc lines around each objects. This line will be used to calculate the True Shape Nesting when Applying the True Shape Nesting.

Apply True Shape Nesting

Effects > True shape nesting > Apply
The next step is apply the True Shape Nesting.

In this menu you can set the nesting quality. More detail will be slower as the calculation time will be longer, but it can result in more media saving. Just give it a try to find what's best in your situation.
Choose for the option Incremental in case you want to add some objects to a document that already contains a True Shape Nesting. In that case the new nested files will be added to the existing nesting, while retaining the previous nesting result. You can choose for the option Use object extends for objects without unique cutline in case your design contains objects that are not prepared in advance for the True Shape Nesting.
The amount of material you can save depends on your design and the options you choose, but in general you can easily save 40% compared with the original design!

Comparing methods

The first picture is the manually optimized original, the second picture with Block Nesting applied and the last one is with the True Shape Nesting result.