Autodesk® Nesting Utility 2019
Nesting Utility 2019 Readme
This is the first release of Autodesk Nesting Utility. This Readme contains important information about this release.
- INEST files can be checked-in and checked-out from Vault, but related source files need to be checked-in and checked out manually if they require modification.
- INEST files have no preview image on A360/Drive.
- Avoid using the Inventor Winter Day color scheme when working in wireframe display mode (grey geometry on grey background).
- Nesting Utility follows the BOM, which means that only shapes from non-suppressed sheet metal IPT will be extracted and included in a nest.
- Avoid drag-and-drop of Inventor files inside an INEST file. Once they are dropped in the file, they can no longer be removed.
- There are some problems with marking menus related to the visibility, open, and collapse commands.
- Cannot extract shapes from source files with non-English language characters in the filename.
- Cannot extract shapes from IPT or IAM files with non-English characters in the file path.
- Multiple contours in DXF files will be treated as a single shape for nesting.
- Color display by Source gives identical results as Color display by Shape because Nesting Utility currently extracts only a single shape per source.
- Material and unit of the IPT source file cannot be modified in Nesting Utility and therefore must be set in the IPT file itself. When you delete a material used by an IPT source file, you need to re-extract shapes from the IPT to restore the material.
- Repeating shape extraction on DXF files resets their Material ID to the first Material ID in the list.
- Make sure to have both the Nesting Utility browser and Calculate Nest docking panel visible at first use. If this is not the case, click View > User Interface, or drag browser panes around.
- Geometry information on nest entities is available in reports and in shape properties in the form of overall dimensions, area, and perimeter, but they cannot be measured directly unless you create a 3D Model or DXF file from the entity.
- CSV export does not currently support field separators within field values.
- Some correctly translated shapes are displayed incorrectly when they are extracted with other shapes.
- Long processes do not currently display a wait cursor.
- To avoid read-only messages, be sure to start AutoCAD prior to opening a DXF source file from within the nesting utility (this is standard AutoCAD behavior).
- Nests using roll packaging sometimes show a fixed sheet length of 9999999 mm rather than limiting the sheet to the actual used material.
- The 3D Model command sometimes misses the external boundary of some nested parts.
- Shape extraction from sources might fail with a "The process exited unexpectedly" message. If that happens, repeat the shape extraction by adding the file again in the Sources dialog.
- Warning and error messages displayed during shape extraction and nesting are not localized.
- In the Japanese and Chinese versions, the Calculate Nest panel checkbox is disabled under View > User Interface.
- Toggle the panel visibility using these alternative methods:
- To hide the panel, use the "X" on the upper right of the panel.
- To restore the panel, switch to a different document or to the My Home tab and then switch back to your active INEST document.
- Extraction errors are always shown and the Ignore Errors context menu command has no effect.
- Ribbon customization cannot be accessed from the ribbon context menu. Use Tools > Options > Customize instead.
- Changing the QTY of components in an assembly or in Source Nesting Properties does not change the QTY in existing nests. The new QTY values are only taken into account when creating new nests.
- Source orientation display colors do not refresh after changing the orientation of sources. Switch to another color display mode and return to the source orientation display to obtain the correct colors.
- A crash can occur if you try to access commands (for example, ribbon buttons) while a dialog box is open. Make sure to close a dialog box before trying to access another command.
- Recalculate existing nests to update their dimensions after document units have changed.
- Job quantities larger than 99 are currently not supported.
- When using a roll packaging form for your material, do not use upper right or lower right corner position during nesting.
- The Text and Extra Geometry Object Visibility check boxes have no effect.
- Columns may be misaligned in nest reports that contain Unicode characters.
- Nest reports containing Unicode characters may exhibit minor column misalignment issues.
- Crashes sometimes occur with the Sources command; try to add the file again to resolve the issue.
- Splines in a DXF file are only extracted after conversion to polylines first by saving the DXF file in R12 format.
- If your active project file points to a folder different from the default templates folder, you will have to manually copy the inest template files to your custom template location to avoid crashes when creating nests. When you install the Nesting Utility in the default location, the inest template files are installed in following folders:
- C:\Users\Public\Documents\Autodesk\Inventor 2019\Templates\Nesting Utility
- C:\Users\Public\Documents\Autodesk\Inventor 2019\Templates\Metric
- C:\Users\Public\Documents\Autodesk\Inventor 2019\Templates\Englis
Please copy the *.inest files from these 3 locations to your custom template folders, while maintaining the same relative folder structure.
We thank all of our customers who identified these issues and reported them to Autodesk. These reports give us the opportunity to improve the product and provide you with the best solutions in mechanical design. Autodesk also thanks you for your continued support and feedback regarding the content of this updated release.
The Autodesk Nesting Utility Product Team
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