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Hypertherm Associates Releases ProNest 2025 CAD/CAM Software

A collection of new features and ongoing updates is designed to help customers improve their operational efficiency, company says.

A collection of new features and ongoing updates is designed to help customers improve their operational efficiency, company says.

One of the new features is enhanced integration with Tekla PowerFab Connector—this optional module provides data exchange between ProNest and Tekla PowerFab. Image courtesy of Hypertherm.


Hypertherm Associates, a U.S. based manufacturer of industrial cutting systems and software, announces a major version update to ProNest 2025 version 16.0 nesting software. A collection of new features and ongoing updates is designed to help customers improve operational efficiency while reducing non-value-added tasks.

New features include:

  • Enhanced integration with Tekla PowerFab Connector—this optional module provides seamless data exchange between ProNest and Tekla PowerFab.
  • Library parts updates—this ensures the latest revision is always available.
  • Job auto recovery—this helps save work in progress from being lost.
  • Collision avoidance—this, now included by default in ProNest LT for OMAX waterjet setups, ensures an optimized cut path is applied in ProNest, eliminating the need for secondary steps in IntelliMAX.

Other recent features and enhancements:

  • Crop line improvements—include multiple crop lines per nest with capabilities to cut empty plates using crop lines, change cut direction and apply XY coordinates.
  • Small entity detection—identifies motions that are smaller than kerf width or other length value, which can cause errors at the machine or may result in poor cut quality.
  • Machine home movement—moves for remnants that do not have a corner at the standard machine home.
  • Settings improvements—to vaporize protective film for laser machines that support this capability.

“Tekla is a powerhouse in the structural steel industry,” says Tom Stillwell, product marketing manager for Hypertherm CAD/CAM software products. “Now, with this latest release, customers using both ProNest and Tekla PowerFab will benefit from having the most accurate, real-time data at their fingertips. This integration connects ProNest directly to the Tekla PowerFab API for automated bi-directional communication.”

Hypertherm Associates is a U.S. based manufacturer of industrial cutting products and software. Its products, including Hypertherm plasma and OMAX waterjet systems, are used by companies around the world to build ships, airplanes, and railcars; construct steel buildings, fabricate heavy equipment, erect wind turbines, and more. 

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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