Panel optimization software

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  1. Greg Yeatts

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    Is anyone aware of any FREE software that can optimize panel layout for cabinet parts on sheet goods (MDF).
     
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    Damn!
     
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    Hank and I both use Cut List Plus. I think it works very well as long as you don't need more than 6 different sized pieces. If so, you'll have to upgrade to one of the levels that cost money. [​IMG]
     
  5. Greg Yeatts

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    Pete

    I am going to be laminating a bunch of MDF to get the top, bottom sides and rear of the enclosure to 1.5" and the baffle to 2.25". I usually cut one panel to finished size and then and then glue and oversized piece to the finished sized panel and then flush trim the oversized piece using the router with a flush trim bit. No matter how hard I try I can't glue two finish sized panels together and have them line up properly, so I have to use the above mentioned method to cheat.

    Because of this, I will be needing

    2- 32"X32" Sides
    2- 32.35"X32.25" laminate with the above an flush trim
    2- 28.25"X16" top/bottom
    2- 28.5"X16.25" laminate to the above an flush trim
    2 29"X16" front/back
    7 29.25"X16.25 laminate to the above and flush trim with a few braces.

    Looking like I will need 4 sheets of 3/4" MDF for this beast.
     
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  7. Greg Yeatts

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    I downloaded the CutList reader. Neat little program. I think you can get the improved version for $25. May not be a bad price. Hate to pay $25 for a program I'll rarely use.
     
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    Well

    I shortened my cabinet 1" and deepened it by 1" and I was able to get it out of 3 sheets of MDF instead of 4. That'll save a little money.
     

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