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post #1 of 7 Old 06-05-2014, 10:51 PM Thread Starter
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Cutlist 4.1.12 newbie....uhhh help

So I just got into Sketchup and got the cutlist plugin. Its telling me a lot of components could not diagramed because its putting everything on a 1x6. No sheet material will show either. The actual component dimension sheet looks right its mainly the cutting diagram. After reading some threads I see it could be an axis issue so I'll play with that. But is there not a way to just select the best board size automatically? or again axis issue? There aren't that many options to choose and Ive tried all the combos I can think of. there doesn't seem to be much help out there on this thing. My drawing is all components and all on one layer. I have them saved in a master copy with my separate layers and scenes but just minimalized it for playing with CL. I noticed a Materials column on the cutlist as all unassigned. Is there a place to do that or does it even matter?
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I just got the cutlist plugin a couple days ago and had the same problem. You have to assign a material. You do that under the paint icon. I made a new material called it baltic birch plywood. Once I did that and painted a component it filled out the cutlist for sheet goods.
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Great tip. Does that fix the issue of putting everything on one size board as well?
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I don't know about boards it will put it on the size plywood sheet you select.
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After playing with cutlist a bit I found it to be a pretty nice extension. A few things that one should be aware of.

You need to make sure to use the same thickness if you want parts to be placed on the same board or sheet. While this is pretty obvious, it's often the case that using the mouse you get slightly off (1/2" is not the same as ~1/2"). So when I create depth, I specify it in direct number(s) - lower left Dimensions box. You can just type the numbers after mouse drawing an approximation. In fact, I avoid using the mouse to specify any dimension as it leads to inconsistencies.

You can use materials to force grouping of different types. However, you can also force sheet material by specifying a key word in the group name. I put plywood in the group name ("side panel, plywood") and it pushes that part onto the sheet material. You can also specify key words on the cutlist tab for forcing onto sheet material ("Sheet material Words"). For example, you could add luan to the list and anything with luan in the material or part name will be pushed onto a sheet.

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After playing with cutlist a bit I found a few things that one should be aware of.

You need to make sure to use the same thickness if you want parts to be placed on the same board or sheet. While this is pretty obvious, it's often the case that using the mouse you get slightly off (1/2" is not the the same as ~1/2"). So when I create depth, I specify it in direct number(s) - lower left Dimensions box - you can just type the numbers after mouse drawing an approximation.

You can use materials to force grouping of different types. However, you can also force sheet good by specifying a key word in the group name. I put plywood in the part name and it pushes that part onto the sheet material. You can also specify key words for forcing onto sheet material.
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Great info. I havent had a chance to play with again since I finished the project. But I got this bookmarked for when I start my next one. Thanks!
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