Yes, I know this has been discussed previously, but there are always new eyes combing the forum that aren’t aware of a specific term. Anyway, for those who do not know about nesting, it’s just placing your files in a way that will can save both time and material. I used to be a bit OCD when placing items in a batch project, but this can cause there to be empty space between these items that could be better utilized. It can be important to be aware of the grain or material you’re using when designing, but when these things aren’t particularly important, nesting is a great way to go.
With that out of the way, I typically do it by eye, but my brain isn’t as intelligent as an AI that is designed to do the same work a thousand times over (go figure). Deepnest is a great solution, you upload your design, within the app itself you create a “sheet” or artboard, adjust how many copies of each item in your file you’d like, “select all” then hit start nest. I’d also suggest going into settings to set some parameters for the program to follow, such as the space you’d like between pieces and whether material or time is more important to conserve. It takes a little while to get some really good results if you’re planning on using a full sheet, but I’ve used it as a good template to manually move the pieces in the original file. I’ve read that others have had scaling problems, so manually placing them instead of exporting its version fixes any possible issue.
I’m posting this now because I had used Deepnest yesterday, and after having it determine a decent nest for me, I forgot to quit out of the program. It’s been running for the last 20 hours or so I mean, once it gets a good one, there isn’t really a reason to let it keep going, just gotta remember to stop the nest or close out of the program after use! Hope this helps at least one person, new or old, because I know when I figured this out a while back I had thought I had figured out a great solution, only to be told that many people here already knew about it, but hadn’t mentioned it - so here’s a friendly tip from someone who knows about it, and would like to share!
Few pics for those that are visual learners:
This is the home screen, with my added artwork. I created the sheet within the Deepnest app itself, then selected that it was the sheet that I would be using as the bounding.
Changed up my settings to make sure that I get what I would like:
After letting it run for a while (20+ hours in this case ) these were some of the results. You can scroll through the color graphs on the left to find one you like: