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I recently finished working on a cutting algorithm app for the iPad and iPhone called Smart Cutter, and wanted to share the app with every one hoping get some feedback from carpenters and wood workers on how to make the app better.

Smart Cutter finds the maximum number of small pieces cut from a larger sheet of paper with minimum scrap. It employs a state of the art algorithm to generate the maximum number of small pieces cut from a larger sheet of paper, wood, cloth or any other material, with minimum waste.

Here is a video about it:

The app can be downloaded from the Apple Store, more info+download link here: http://www.smartcutterapp.com

I would like to hear from carpenters whether a tool like this would help out with your projects, and also any ideas/enhancements you guys may have in mind to make the app more useful.

Thanks!

 

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Woodworkers will need to be able to specify the grain orientations of the big piece, and those of the cut pieces. You can do this readily by making it clear in the app that the grain runs in the second dimension given for each. Examples are plywood at 48 x 96, with the grain running the length of the 96. A 1 x 6 x 96 board has its grain running long-ways.

The app should also be able to specify the "kerf" width of the cutter to be used. A scissors has a zero kerf, while a saw might have a 1/8" kerf, and a CNC router might be cutting with a 1/2" diameter cutter.

A really smart app would be able to accept inputs in fractional numbers (62-3/32) or decimal numbers (18.375) and be able to mix them, thus 5.5 x 23-3/8 might be entered for a size.

Without these mimimum capabilities, the app would be useless for woodworkers.

Oh, and the word in English for waste is scrap. Rhymes with app.
 

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Will definitely buy, but only after I can see that:

- stock for cutting is open-ended as to quantity (no count needed . . . solution provides)

- ability to load more than one size of "big stock" . . . Example: cut solution from both 1x6x8' and 1x12x8' boards, and solution will work parts wider than 6 out of the wider stock.
 
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