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    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







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    Re: cut optimizing

    cut-optimizer?

    no...math is good




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    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




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    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: d@mn any your mdf is bigger
    i only get 98"x46"



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    Re: cut optimizing

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




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    Re: cut optimizing

    Quote Originally Posted by jellyfish420
    edit: d@mn any your mdf is bigger
    i only get 98"x46"
    mine are the same size as taters




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    mine are the same size as taters
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    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.




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    Re: cut optimizing

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




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    Re: cut optimizing

    Quote 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: d@mn any your mdf is bigger
    i only get 98"x46"


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




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    Re: cut optimizing

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




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    Re: cut optimizing

    Quote 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.




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    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




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    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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