GoNest 2D

GoNest 2D 2016.10

Generates clean and optimized 2D layout models
3.3  (4 votes)
2016.10.22 (See all)

Work with sheet layout models for glass, metal and wood cutting. Generate .sht-formatted files with models of sheets or coil representing the models to be cut. Available parameters include panel type, length, width, quantity, price, priority, rotation possibilities, etc. Data import/export is supported.

GoNest 2D is intended to optimize the use of panel material. In this respect, the program can generate nested layouts that allow using not only the raw panels but scraps as well. The tool has the technical (and perhaps outdated) look that characterizes industrial software. Its use does not require high specialization, which means that any worker can operate it after a short training. Luckily, you can even start to use it only by reading the accompanying manual. Needless to say, the product may be only adequate for businesses.

GoNest 2D uses algorithms to optimize the cutting layout for various materials, such as wood, metal and glass panels, which is why it can come in quite handy in a variety of industries. The program’s interface has a series of tabs arranged in an order that responds to the steps in the process, which goes from entering the data to generating the layout.

It is quite logical that you should always start by entering the dimensions of the raw panels. At this point, you can also set their priority of usage. Then, it is time to enter the data corresponding to the parts you intend to cut. After that, you can input scrap and profiles data. Various types of profiles are allowed, including circle, ellipse, triangle and trapezium. It is even possible to use AutoCAD DXF profiles.

At this point, it is a good idea to proceed to adjust the settings as the results will largely depend on this. For instance, it is allowed to pick a cutting mode from guillotine, rolling or nested. The selection depends on mostly the cutting technology you are using and the purposes. Yet, you should know that the nested mode guarantees a higher utilization. It is a good thing that in all these steps, the required data does not need to be entered by typing, because importing from XLS or TXT files is possible as well.

Next, you can optimize the cutting layout, which, fortunately, can be arranged either automatically or manually. As a final step, it is allowed to save a report listing data about all parts, total used raw panels, total used area, total wasted area, among other things. The results of the optimization can be shared by sending them to printer or exporting them in various formats, such as AutoCAD DFX files, CNC G code files and HTML.

All in all, it is evident that the money spent on GoNest 2D will help businesses reduce production costs through minimizing raw panels waste and reusing scraps. Besides, automating the cutting processes makes it possible to eliminate the drawing errors likely to be made by the operators. Luckily, a demo of this product is available at the developer’s site.

Pedro Castro
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Review summary


  • Supports data input by various methods
  • Allows various types of profiles
  • Supports various cutting modes
  • Exports to AutoCAD DFX files, CNC G code files and HTML
  • Helps minimize waste


  • Outdated interface
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