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manuka

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03-25-2015 12:55 PM

Topic tags/keywords: cutting optimization software freeware

There seems to be a boat load of software to optimize the cuts in either boards (1D) or panels (2D). The idea is to minimize waste by letting the computer decide how to layout cuts in your material.

I’m really confused by the offering. For instance this site has a huge list but no real advice.

- Do some programs have a better reputation?
- Are some free (and are the free ones any good)?

Windows user, but please feel free to throw in your Linux and OSX recommendations for others.

Thanks!


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#1 posted 03-25-2015 01:09 PM

Not that knowledgeable about all the offerings out there, but I use Sketchup with the cut list add in and have been pleased with the results (free). There may well be better software available. If doing a lot of repetitive work (production) it’s worth the time and effort to carefully select, but for hobby work not really. I only do hobby work.

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#2 posted 03-25-2015 01:25 PM

When I was on Windows i use Cutlist a lot and really like it. I switched to a Mac and cutlist isn’t written for it.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#3 posted 03-25-2015 06:41 PM

Hey guys! Thanks for sharing the programs you use.
Both of you mentioned “Cut list” but you might be talking about different things. The first sounds like a plug-in for Google sketchup. For the second, I see both that there is a free program and a commercial one.

There are a thousand cutting programs out there, some of them quite expensive even though the interface looks rudimentary. It makes me wonder if some of those may have an algorithm that’s vastly superior, or some useful features. A confusing niche as I’m not finding any reviews.

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#4 posted 03-25-2015 06:53 PM

Go here and download the free trial. If you decide to buy it buy the Gold edition. Awesome program and awesome support. Yes there is a leaning curve (they all do) but not bad. Don’t forget to scroll down the page.

http://cutlistplus.com/?go2g&gclid=COOd8oWVxMQCFYdafgodXjwAjA

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#5 posted 03-25-2015 07:28 PM

@AlaskaGuy Thank you. For full disclosure, is that an affiliate link (ie if I buy after clicking the link, do you get a commission?)

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#6 posted 03-25-2015 08:15 PM



@AlaskaGuy Thank you. For full disclosure, is that an affiliate link (ie if I buy after clicking the link, do you get a commission?)

- manuka

If my post needed a “full disclosure” It would have been in my original post.

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#7 posted 03-25-2015 08:51 PM

Thanks, hope the question didn’t offend you.
The ?go2g&gclid=COOd8oWVxMQCFYdafgodXjwAjA
in the link looked unusual. :)

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#8 posted 03-25-2015 11:18 PM



Thanks, hope the question didn t offend you.
The ?go2g&gclid=COOd8oWVxMQCFYdafgodXjwAjA
in the link looked unusual. :)

- manuka

Lets just say I didn’t appreciate the question. I the future I’ll be very carefully in choosing what question I might help want to help with.

Life is to short to be paranoid all the time.

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#9 posted 03-26-2015 01:36 AM

I use this one: http://delphiforfun.org/programs/cutlist.htm. It is quite simple, but works for my needs, and it’s free!

I have nothing to do with the website, nor would I be offended if you asked.

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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manuka

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#10 posted 03-26-2015 07:39 AM

Lets just say I didn’t appreciate the question.

Just so you understand where I was coming from, no matter how long I browse on the CutList site I don’t get an url with that huge trailing suffix (the urls are all short). And “clid” sounds like “client id”, which could mean “associate id”. So that made me ask: it’s useful to know whether the person who provides information is fully impartial. It was not an attack, just a question (a request for information).

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#11 posted 03-26-2015 10:38 AM


Lets just say I didn’t appreciate the question.

Just so you understand where I was coming from, no matter how long I browse on the CutList site I don t get an url with that huge trailing suffix (the urls are all short). And “clid” sounds like “client id”, which could mean “associate id”. So that made me ask: it s useful to know whether the person who provides information is fully impartial. It was not an attack, just a question (a request for information).

- manuka

Actually I am very partial because it a (IMO) it’s one of the best programs out there. The reason I recommend the the 249.00 version is because I love the ability to move and rotate parts on a sheet or drag parts from one sheet to another with a mouse.

There’s a FREE TRIAL. What could you lose?

100% Guaranteed. No Annual Fees.

Put CutList Plus to work in your shop for 90 days and see how much time and money you save.
You’ll be thrilled, or we’ll cheerfully refund your purchase.

http://lumberjocks.com/reviews/914

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#12 posted 03-26-2015 10:40 AM



Go here and download the free trial. If you decide to buy it buy the Gold edition. Awesome program and awesome support. Yes there is a leaning curve (they all do) but not bad. Don t forget to scroll down the page.

http://cutlistplus.com/?go2g&gclid=COOd8oWVxMQCFYdafgodXjwAjA

- AlaskaGuy

Does this work on Macs? I found one reference on site and it says PC

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AlaskaGuy

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#13 posted 03-26-2015 10:49 AM

Go here and download the free trial. If you decide to buy it buy the Gold edition. Awesome program and awesome support. Yes there is a leaning curve (they all do) but not bad. Don t forget to scroll down the page.

http://cutlistplus.com/?go2g&gclid=COOd8oWVxMQCFYdafgodXjwAjA

- AlaskaGuy

Does this work on Macs? I found one reference on site and it says PC

- todd4390


Not that I know of. I don’t see where they list a MAC download. Email support and ask.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#14 posted 03-26-2015 10:58 AM

@AlaskaGuy All set to install the free trial. Thanks for your advice!

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