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    Looking for opinions on panel cutting (optimising) programs

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    Hi John,
    I personally do not use any panel cutting programs. What I do use is Google Sketchup. It's a free design software you can download from Google. It will do a 3d sketch with dimensions for your project. After I make my design. I will draw a 4 X 8 panel (if that is what I am using) and cut the pieces into it and labeling each piece to the design. Yea, it takes a few more minutes, but at least I know what it all means because I'm the one that designed it and cut it. You may want to check out the program. A lot of woodworkers I know are using this program now. Good luck,
    Dan

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    john, here`s a link to the product most larger shops i know are running;
    http://www.planitmanufacturing.com/p...etvision/intro
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    I've used CutList before, it works pretty well. Lets you manage by project. Can enter different materials in and choose cut direction or either direction. As you entering your cuts, just choose the material and it will display each material with it's layouts for printing.
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    Cutlistplus

    works wonders for sheet goods, but also does solid stock if you spend the time to input your inventory. Paid for itself by saving a full sheet of FG ply over what I had figured the first time I used it.

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    There is a cutlist 4.0 plug in for Sketchup (different maker than either stand alone program?). I just down loaded it the other night, but since I haven't spent any time to speak of in SU yet, I haven't even opened the plug in to see what it is like. It's free also. Might be worth a look see.
    link http://steveracz.com/joomla/content/view/45/1/
    click on the box that says lumberjocks and it goes to a download page for the cutlist program. Anyone use this and know if it is worth it or not?? Jim.
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    What kind of computer? You can have a copy of 'CUT' free if you have a Macintosh like me. It is a shareware program.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Bartley View Post
    Thanks to all for your suggestions. They are very much appreciated!!

    Daniel, I did try the Google Sketchup a couple of times, but I seem to be "challenged" when it comes to using it. I know that millions of others have no trouble, so it must be me. Thank you anyway!

    I have had the "CutList" program suggested by others, so I'll have a look at it now.

    Tod, I had not seen this program that you've suggested during my searches, but I'm going to take a look at it and see how it would fit into a small (very small) cabinetmakers shop. Thank you.

    cheers all

    John

    Think you are challenged? I don't even know what you are talking about. ".....panel cutting (optimising) programs...."????

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