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Author Topic: Wanted: Free and simple cutting optimizer tool.  (Read 2031 times)

eleman

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Wanted: Free and simple cutting optimizer tool.
« on: November 07, 2009, 07:05:48 AM »
I have big plates of wood, and I have to cut them in predefined sizes and shapes. I am looking for a software to tell me how to cut them so as to minimize the waste.

Also I need my father (aged 70) to be able to use it, so nothing too technical would be a better choice.

I tried a few like cutlist, but most have clumsy interfaces, and some have their fair share of bugs.

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Re: Wanted: Free and simple cutting optimizer tool.
« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2009, 07:40:06 AM »
What shapes beyond square or rectangular?
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Re: Wanted: Free and simple cutting optimizer tool.
« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2009, 07:48:19 AM »
What shapes beyond square or rectangular?

Good point, sorry I should have been better in defining requirements.

Circles would be nice to have. Triangles would also be fun to have, but I think their utility would not compensate for the extra complications they would impose on the UI.

But I would be content with a decent program that would do only squares and rectangles.

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Re: Wanted: Free and simple cutting optimizer tool.
« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2009, 10:01:39 AM »
I think circles and triangles might require full-blown commercial nesting software, which can get expensive.

A well-established and relatively inexpensive sheet optimizer for rectangular shapes can be found here:  http://www.sheetlayout.com/

You could get an inexpensive CAD program, or maybe Google Sketchup, and manually lay out the pieces.  That would take more time, but you could use any shapes you wanted.

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