How to cut all components from one sheet

I have a model which comprises of a number of components - mostly repeated and all made from the same thickness and type of material. The model shows all the components assembled. Using Fusion360, how can I layout all components in the same plane so that I can arrange them for CAM to be cut in one session for a single sheet?

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I’m actually doing the exact same thing right now. I didn’t find anything online except for just copying the assembly into a new project and manually moving them to a single plane… which is a huge pain. But it works. I’d love to know if anyone else has figured out a way to do this!

That is one thing that I believe a Aspire can do.

@TonyNo , Which version of Aspire do you use for X-Carve?

I don’t. :wink: I just know people that do.

See this thread for details on doing it in F360

it would be the quickest way to do it all in the same app.

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VCarve has an mode where it will nest the components into the work area following parameters that you’ve set (clearances, tool size etc). Seems to work pretty well for me.

I guess anyone with VCarve can do this for you.

V-Carve Pro can do that. Desktop does not have that feature. If you send me all the components I can see what layout V-Carve comes up with. I will also need your desired spacing between the parts and desired margin around the outside for hold down.

I use Cambam which is an affordable cad cam software that has a nesting feature, Cambam is an intuitive cad package written with the DIYer in mind. They offer, plenty of free training tutorials and the trial download can be found here. http://www.cambam.info/

Cambam can also create G-code

Check out Patricks video on a script for F360:

VCarvePro Nesting Tutorial:

http://support.vectric.com/tutorials/V8/NestingGuide/NestingGuide_PRO.html

Aspire uses the same tutorial as above.

Jeff Hammond
J.R. Animations Company

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I have and use aspire I can do it for you if you like

Thanks for the offer but it’s more of a long-term requirement rather than a one-off.
Cheers

I tried Patrick’s Nesting script but didn’t have much luck as it crashed each time.
I found this YouTube video (https://youtu.be/ZYj37I88-4g) which looks like a good way of doing things. The guy starts by creating a new component call “3D Model” and then moving all the components into it so that he has a single parent component that he can switch visibility on or off. I can’t manage to get the components to move into the new parent - drag and drop as suggested doesn’t do anything. Is this a different version of Fusion360 perhaps?