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post #1 of 6 Old 03-10-2017, 06:12 AM Thread Starter
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Looking for cutlist software

I'm looking for software that I can input a list of board dimensions and it would show me the most efficient way to cut them out of say a 4x8 sheet of plywood. I'm starting to research "Sketchup" I think it is called. Is that good for this purpose? It seems like a Cadillac when I'm looking for a jalopy.

UPDATE: I just saw the price of Sketchup Pro. $700 is out of my price range. I was thinking more of shareware :) What I have in mind reminds me of linear programming I studied in Operations Research class. I only got a C in that class and that was 35 years ago. Wish I had paid more attention then!

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Sketchup pro is the pro cad version. Download sketchup make 2017, it is free and a great toll when you practice. It is easy to do basic design and there are loads of tutorials.

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You realize how much plywood you could buy for $700.00. Just get a sheet of paper and a pencil and draw the pieces to scale. Really what I normally do is cut the biggest pieces first and work my way down to the smallest pieces. What little plywood that is left is saved for other projects.
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I'm not considering spending that kind of money. On my current project I'm making 7 large drawers and I spent an hour or more working it out to get them out of 2 5x5 sheets of baltic birch. All the time I kept thinking I bet there is sotware that would do this in a few seconds. I'm going to try that free version of Sketchup.
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One free software that I use is CutMicro. It is not as good as other paid software but it is free. I used CutMaster a while ago, it is much better than CutMicro but it is not free.
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Cut calculator is an iPad app that is use. Pretty satisfied with it.

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