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Forum topic by mickeyc56 posted 12-27-2017 04:24 PM 423 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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mickeyc56

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12-27-2017 04:24 PM

I am looking for software that I can put in the cut dimensions of a project and it will layout the best cut pattern for a 4×8 plywood.


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#1 posted 12-27-2017 05:11 PM

There’s an IOS app called Cut Calculator that can handle sheet goods as well as linear layout. Won’t help you unless you have an iPad though.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#2 posted 12-27-2017 05:25 PM

I use cutlist plus fx.

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#3 posted 12-27-2017 06:35 PM

The price you are willing to pay and the operating system you will use can make a difference in what is available.

A basic drawing program (free version of Sketchup is one) might be all you need. Draw you scaled 4×8 image, then draw the various pieces you need to the same scale and over lay them on the 4×8 image to see how they fit. Move them around and adjust to grain pattern and direction as needed.

I uses a Mac program from Microspot (from England) called MacDraft pro. Probably the best CAD program for Mac computer outside the really expensive commercial programs. BUT it is several hundred dollars. There is a Personal version that starts at about $100 with fewer features but would work for your current need.
I was gradually sucked in to this professional level program over the last 20 years, starting with Mac Draw back in the ‘90s and always wanting more kept buying up.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#4 posted 12-27-2017 10:51 PM

Thanks for the help Cut List is just what I was looking for. Thanks again!!!!!

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