Nest 1D

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Any uniform profile material cutting can be analyzed with Nest 1D. Any material which comes in standard lengths or rolls like Rods, Beams, Tubes, Bars or any other uniform profile material lengths can be optimized with Nest 1D

Ease of use:

Nest 1D has an intuitive user interface which makes it easy to use and the optimization is very fast and efficient even with thousands of items to calculate.

Once the optimization has been done a report can be exported as an Excel file for printing, and distribution of further work. The report includes cutting instructions per stock length and also a total stock required area for costing or ordering purposes.

CAD Integration and Data Entry:

Besides being able to enter data manually into Nest 1D or reading in data from an Excel file, Nest 1D can also pull data directly from Autodesk® Inventor® Parts Only BOM. This speeds up the process dramatically and also avoids any finger trouble with data entry. More CAD integration is to be added soon.


Note: This app uses a custom installer (and not the standard App Store installer).

Trial Description

Nest 1D will allow you to trial the app for 10 days after the first run.

After 10 days you may purchase a 1-year subscription for $149 USD.

About This Version

Version 1.0.33, 7/16/2024
What's New: <1.0.33> - [New] When defining stock items, a "Start Offcut" and "End Offcut" length can now be defined per stock item" -- This is useful for example where you have stock lengths of material which is powder coated or galvanised and the one end needed a hole for hanging the item while being coated. -- Another reason could be because your CNC cutting machine needs a certain length for gripping the material and potentially damaging that part of the stock. - [New] Added the ability to export a "Rolled-Up Report". -- The report will list bars with the same cutting pattern only once. -- A Qty value will be supplied in the bar header. -- This simplifies and reduces the length of the cutting report especially for printing. - [Improved] When importing data from Excel you can now specify to skip items with 0 or null Length or Qty values. - [Improved] When creating the cutting list report, the values for Job Name, Job Number, Description and Customer will be saved. -- The report name will be suggested based on the above input. - [Improved] If no Material was specified for the items to be nested, the material field will be removed from the report, making it more legible. - [Improved] A warning will now be displayed if any of your items were not nested successfully. - [New] Added a "What's New" button on the Help Tab. -- Useful to track the feature history of Nest 1D <1.0.29> - [New] Stock Item Priority. -- Stock items can now be prioritised. -- 0 being the highest priority and 1 to n being lower in order. - [Improved] Better Excel data import handling and stability -- Ability to specify Excel Worksheet -- If any cell is empty, the import will stop and report the row number with the issue -- Ability to import data from .xlsm format - [Improved] Better handling of data when importing from Custom iProperties. - [Improved] New nesting algorithm. - [Fixed] Other bug fixes. <1.0.23> - [Improved] More robust Inventor Import function also catering for suppressed parts. <1.0.21> - [Improved] Added the .xlsm format for when importing data from Excel. <1.0.20> - [Improved] Improved the Custom iProperty conversion to Length. -- Previously only number values could be converted. Now any string value can be converted. -- e.g. "123.45 mm" or "123,45 mm" or "456,78 in" etc. -- The following Inventor units are supported - mm, cm, m, km, in, ft, mil <1.0.19> - [Fixed] Fixed the License File requesting link on the Activation Dialog

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Customer Reviews

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  • Great tool, even better support.
    Sieghard Windegger | August 05, 2022 Verified Download (What's this?)

    I was looking for a tool lik this for a long time, and i have to say that Micrographics naild it. I use AsiProfile so i have to import my BOM List from Excel but works great. I have installt 4 Apps from Micrographics and had to contact them 2 times for minor questions. Everytime i got the answer and solution in no time. Pleas keep up the good work. 

    Pieter van der Westhuizen (Publisher) | August 05, 2022

    Hi Sieghard, thank you for the kind words and great review!

  • Great Tool
    Shamjith Shaji | July 05, 2022 Verified Download (What's this?)

    I can see potential in this tool. Very easy to use. I have been looking for a solution that has good interaction with inventor and also excel and this fits perfectly. Few things i like to see in the software are End cut reduction, ablility to consider same stock but different stock length(Like L angle 45x25x3 have 3 and 4.5 m stock length).

    Pieter van der Westhuizen (Publisher) | July 06, 2022

    Hi Shamjith, Thanks for the great review. Regarding the end-cut reduction, thanks for the feedback, we will build in some functionality to cater for that. Nest 1D already caters for different stock lengths of the same stock number. Just enter it like that and it will utilize and pick the most appropriate stock length during the optimization process. Contact us from inside the app if you have any queries regarding this.

  • so far so good
    darren falconer | June 20, 2022 Verified Download (What's this?)

    have only had a quick play but looksto do the job, my custom profiles dont seem to work but i think thats because i havent set them up correctly.

    would like to know if possible to combine assemblies to get a cutting list for multiple jobs, lets say you have created 4 gate frames and want to have factory cut all the stock for them.

    maybe there is a work around for that??

    Pieter van der Westhuizen (Publisher) | June 21, 2022

    Hi Darren, Thanks for the review. One way to handle that is to insert all your assemblies into a dummy assembly, basically combining all your "jobs" into one assembly. You can then use that assembly to get all the items you want to optimize.

  • Simply amazing!
    Robin Erich | May 10, 2022 Verified Download (What's this?)

    I installed this tool today and im already in love, saves so much time and material. a few things that would make this tool even better;

    Price per meter or kg per tube size, Material waste/usage in KG, and the ability to nest mitered tubes (though I understand this gets complicated quickly)

    but even without these features this is an awesome, easy to use tool!


    Pieter van der Westhuizen (Publisher) | June 21, 2022

    Thanks for the great review Robin. Regarding your requests. Please email me through the app from the Help tab to discuss these further if you want.

  • Amazing!
    Thinh Nguyen | May 01, 2022 Verified Download (What's this?)

    I work with frame generator eveyday. Is there anyway to save off-cut data and use it as stock for next job? Thank you for the app. Its simply amazing

    Pieter van der Westhuizen (Publisher) | May 05, 2022

    Thanks for the great rating. The idea to put the offcut pieces back into stock is already on the list of things to do. Do you mind emailing us so that we can discuss your specific requirements regarding this?

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