MetalOpt Online Optimizer by CADDtools.com
Here is a sample of what the MetalOpt 1D optimizer spread sheet can do wrapped up in an online version. Utilizing a basic algorithm, it will calculate the minimal material required for the project. You have two options, to optimize your material to get the number of stock lengths or optimize and produce a cut list.
Free online version of MetalOpt
First enter or change some constants, like the material length to be supplied and saw blade thickness.
See the full version of MetalOpt
If you are looking for an optimizer to run more than five lengths then down load the MetalOpt 6.2 demo and give the full version a try with the sample project. The MetalOpt program utilizes an Excel spread sheet to optimize your material and can create two different types of cut lists. MetalOpt can interact with AutoCAD to export tag data and create CSV files to use with automatic saw stops or to create labels. Please feel free to comment on the blog page, it may get included in the next blog.
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