Sketchup CutList Plug in and Sheet Stock

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Forum topic by price posted 05-02-2012 01:11 PM 2042 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-02-2012 01:11 PM

I’ve been having this problem with cutlist from day one. When I look at the cut diagram generated it puts parts that are small enough to fit on one sheet of ply on 2. Obviously this is less than ideal. I thought maybe it was accounting for grain direction, but it does it with on files with no textures – so it wouldn’t know the grain direction.

Here is a screen cap of the output of a book case I threw together to illustrate. Shelf #1 is 46.5 inches, allowing for a .125 kerf there should be enough room to use the material to the right of shelf #1 before starting with a new sheet. Why wouldn’t the plug-in tell me to do that?

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#1 posted 05-03-2012 01:04 AM

The cutlist plugin isn’t perfect about laying out plywood but there is a setting that will help alot if your primary concern is efficient use of sheet stock. One of the options you can toggle is to line up cut lines. Basically that will align the parts in such a way that the sheet stock can be cut up entirely with a table saw or circular saw.

I usually turn that option off since I prefer to cut nested parts out with a jigsaw prior to using the tablesaw.

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#2 posted 05-04-2012 10:59 PM

The software was written by a company that also sells plywood???

On a more serious note, I don’t use Sketchup with the plugin, but I do use Cutlist Plus (a standalone package) that does the same thing and it has always been very efficient in its layout optimizations.

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#3 posted 05-07-2012 12:51 AM

I was starting to wonder if that guy that wrote it might have a plywood biz on the side. I check into the stand alone one. In the mean time I’ve found some other software that takes much longer to use but has an ignore grain option that does a pretty good job. Only works on sheets though.

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