1. ## cut optimizing

Do any of you use a cut optimizer when cutting a sheet of MDF? I wanna try to optimize it and have not much waste and less cuts

2. ## Re: cut optimizing

cut-optimizer?

no...math is good

Bueno?

4. ## Re: cut optimizing

well how do you fit all the cuts on to a sheet of MDF? my HomeDepot sells sheets of 49"x97" 3/4" MDF and i dont want to buy 2 of them just because i couldnt fit 1 or 2 pieces on it

5. ## Re: cut optimizing

piece of paper, pen or pencil, and a calculator if you need it. figure out all your cuts, draw it on the paper. not too hard

edit: [email protected] any your mdf is bigger
i only get 98"x46"

6. ## Re: cut optimizing

Ive resorted to them primitive techniques.... :|
haha well thanks anyways

7. ## Re: cut optimizing

Originally Posted by jellyfish420
edit: [email protected] any your mdf is bigger
i only get 98"x46"
mine are the same size as taters

8. ## Re: cut optimizing

Originally Posted by DBfan187
mine are the same size as taters
all you guys ****!!!
i'm moving!!!

9. ## Re: cut optimizing

I wrote my own software... but it's only good for rectangular enclosures.

Logic built in, though, to calculate what panels I need based on the dimensions I input (two of the three), material thickness, various internal displacements, and of course the airspace I'm shooting for... and then calculates how to best lay those panels out on a sheet of MDF (I specify the dimensions of the sheet - handy for making use of scraps!) so they'll best fit, and then it plots it all out and gives me a printout.

Downside:
It's only good for rectangular enclosures.
I suppose I could expand it... but then I'd have to have it calculate which cuts had to be cut with the blade set at what angle, and all that... sounds like a lot of work.

10. ## Re: cut optimizing

that acually wasnt too hard... I feel stupid for not trieng earlyer

11. ## Re: cut optimizing

Originally Posted by jellyfish420
piece of paper, pen or pencil, and a calculator if you need it. figure out all your cuts, draw it on the paper. not too hard

edit: [email protected] any your mdf is bigger
i only get 98"x46"

you're getting jipped by homedepot, but then again that's nothing new

12. ## Re: cut optimizing

oh come on... Im not even gunna use all of the sheet

13. ## Re: cut optimizing

Originally Posted by geolemon
I wrote my own software... but it's only good for rectangular enclosures.

Logic built in, though, to calculate what panels I need based on the dimensions I input (two of the three), material thickness, various internal displacements, and of course the airspace I'm shooting for... and then calculates how to best lay those panels out on a sheet of MDF (I specify the dimensions of the sheet - handy for making use of scraps!) so they'll best fit, and then it plots it all out and gives me a printout.

Downside:
It's only good for rectangular enclosures.
I suppose I could expand it... but then I'd have to have it calculate which cuts had to be cut with the blade set at what angle, and all that... sounds like a lot of work.
buffalo eh im in syracuse. my buddy (or two) goes to UB, and BU (****all them colleges in that small area)

mind sending that bit of software to me?

lol- personally, i just use autocad, but it would be nice to have a program that i can put in WxH+cubes+tuning = box tho

i lay out all my boxes on a 4x8 sheet of MDF with 1\16th inch seperations (thickness of the blade of an average saw) between each panel. i try to align all the 'big' rips together, the box usually has several sides that are the same in one dimension - and i try to cut those first. then cut that piece down into its different lengths

works quite well.

14. ## Re: cut optimizing

you're getting jipped by homedepot, but then again that's nothing new
We get the bigger sheets here as well...and they only cost \$18

15. ## Re: cut optimizing

I can't really send it...
It's just Excel based, and it still has bugs in it that I haven't resolved, but I know how to work around... mostly related to calculating where various panels will be plotted, for folded slot port enclosures.
One of these days I'll take a few hours to wrap it up.

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