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Forum topic by SouthernRustic posted 06-21-2016 09:00 PM 529 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-21-2016 09:00 PM

Topic tags/keywords: resource planning cut list question

Good afternoon from Houston!

I was looking into maxcut software and was wondering if anyone was using this or something similar and how you liked it. Any info would be greatly appreciated.


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#1 posted 06-29-2016 04:21 AM


I am not familiar with MaxCut so I looked at their short tutorial at…

From what I saw, it appears that the software creates cut diagrams without regard to grain direction. If the software does not take this into account, a piece of walnut plywood that would be used as a side panel on a cabinet where you may want grain direction to run up and down could be laid out with the grain direction running from side to side. They also mentioned a business edition for some additional features that I am sure is had at a higher price. And then there is data entry. I am not sure whether data can be imported from a CAD package like SketchUp or not. The support of importing of data would make the software more attractive, otherwise keying data in would be tedious and a mistake somewhere along the line likely. But to see if this software will work for you, I saw where a trial version can be downloaded.

I develop shop drawings using TurboCad Pro, which is a CAD software package. It includes a database feature, that can produce various reports, but I do not use it because of the data entry requirements. My approach is two-fold when developing cut diagrams and bill of materials. One is a simple cut list. I find it best to have solid lumber in front of me with a piece chalk and the cut list to determine how to get the best yield. The cut list is prepared using Excel, entering part numbers, type of material, thickness, width, length, and quantity. This is done from the CAD parts diagrams. Adding some formulas in Excel can generate the number of board feet represented by the parts. A waste factor can even be added.

For sheet goods, I draw whatever shape is needed to dimension and the overlay it on a sheet good, also drawn to scale, all using TurboCad. Moving these parts around on the sheet good leads to fairly efficient cut diagrams. In both cases, arriving at a bill of materials is relatively quick. Before I am done, I triple check the sheet goods layouts and the cut list for accuracy.

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#2 posted 06-29-2016 07:21 PM

I’ve been using MaxCut, the free community edition. for a while. I like it. It’s easy to use and free. The only thing I wish that it could do is to allow you to manually move pieces around. Other than that I find no issues with it.

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