Hypertherm releases ProNest 2023 CAD/CAM nesting software

Hypertherm, an American manufacturer of industrial cutting systems and software, has announced a major version update to ProNest® 2023, its advanced CAD/CAM nesting software for automated cutting. This new release contains a host of new features and ongoing enhancements designed to help customers improve operational efficiency while reducing non-value added tasks.

ProNest 2023 includes full functionality for PlateSaver™, a SureCut™ technology that combines the arc stability of X-Definition® plasma with specialized software settings to dramatically increase material utilization when cutting mild steel . Additionally, it contains enhancements to ProNest’s Production Manager, a web-based module that seamlessly integrates with Hypertherm’s EDGE Connect® CNC to automatically capture real-time machine data. Enhancements include the ability to edit production times for completed nests, set job status changes, and search for nests by customer. There is also a feature that merges XPR configurations. The software will automatically detect and merge changes to process settings or bevel spreadsheets into a new configuration upon installation. Customers can choose to use their existing customizations or the latest factory cut charts.

Finally, the software is even easier to use. User interface changes include a new welcome screen and a customizable ribbon. The welcome screen contains an informative dashboard that highlights training videos, application tips, and other valuable resources, while the ribbon lets users add, remove, and rearrange tabs . Customers can save different ribbon configurations and easily switch between them as needed to best suit their workflow.

“Our software developers have really focused on reducing the waste inherent in most cutting operations. Features like PlateSaver do this by maximizing the number of parts on a plate so customers buy fewer plates and waste less metal,” said Tom Stillwell, Product Marketing Manager for Hypertherm CAD/CAM Software. . “At the same time, the Internet of Things has allowed us to make great strides in manufacturing automation. Data we never had before is now easily at our fingertips. Tools like our Production Manager module will help customers think more holistically about their operations, providing insights to help them work smarter, faster and more profitably.