Hypertherm, a U.S.-based manufacturer of plasma, laser, and waterjet cutting systems, is introducing the ProNest 2015 Version 11.1, which includes both new and enhanced features to its latest ProNest CAD/CAM software. One significant Version 11.1 feature is a new quoting tool that can calculate per part and total costs for any job. This tool is ideal for job shops, metal service centers, and other fabricators who need to quote work to external customers. In addition to using baseline material and production costs, the tool is capable of including secondary operations in the final cost, and the addition of mark-ups or discounts for certain customers and jobs. The ProNest 2015 Version 11.1 release also includes enhancements in support of waterjet cutting. The software is now capable of applying four waterjet pierce types (dynamic, circle, wiggle, and stationary) automatically through the use of embedded process parameters. The software applies the right pierce type based on lead length, material type and thickness, as well as the available space around the pierce site, and pierce duration, all without the need for programmer input. Another enhancement, used primarily for waterjet cutting, is the addition of “Quality colors”, a feature that allows programmers to color-code parts based on quality values, while in 2D CAD or while using ProNest’s “Advanced Edit” feature. Quality colors are also shown on the nest. A full list of new features and enhancements is available at www.hyperthermCAM.com; however additional notable highlights of this release include interior cut-up for laser cutting, enhanced SOLIDWORKS assembly import, improved cut process Class selection, and material mapping by grade and type. This new ProNest 2015 Version 11.1 release is available to current subscribers at no-charge. Subscribers simply need to log in to the online Knowledge Base, and select the “download” option. ProNest has been an industry leading nesting software for three decades, offering best-in-class performance and reliability with a straightforward, easy-to-use design.