Optimalon software added a post processor to achieve even higher material utilization from the online cut list service

KITCHENER, ON, Sept. 20, 2022 /24-7PressRelease/ — Soaring material costs and supply chain disruptions have forced many woodworking and metalworking companies to focus on better utilizing their inventory while continuing to supply products to their customers. However, finding an optimal way to cut panels of wood, metal or glass is not a trivial task and usually requires hours of manual work with pencil and drawing paper.

Optimalon Software provides software solutions to facilitate the process of finding the perfect cutting plane. One such solution is the online panel cutting optimization service available to hobbyists, DIYers, workshops and industrial facilities.

Denis Smirnov, Marketing Director of Optimalon Software explains: “Since we launched our online service, we have constantly added more functionalities and improved the basic calculation engine, CutGLib, to produce better cutting plans. The recent version includes a post-processing algorithm that combines multiple sparse cutlists into one, resulting in the least waste possible.

To minimize the total waste produced from multiple projects, the inline cutter supports the use of leftover materials by designating certain inventory as “waste” when setting up a project. This forces the algorithm to use the remainders, even if they produce a non-optimal cutlist.

Denis Smirnov continues: “We offer accounts at two levels: free and premium. Our premium users pay $9.99 per month or $79.99 per year to import/export parts and inventory from Excel spreadsheet files, and export calculation results to Excel, PDF or DXF files . We recently added the ability to export results to a Pattern Exchange Format (PTX) which can be used directly for CNC saws including HOMAG, SCM and others.

The online panel cutter supports both metric (millimeters, centimeters, and meters) and imperial (feet, inches) units. Users can specify inches in fractions or decimals conveniently and easily.

Users can designate any parts that need to be cut from stocks as “non-rotating” during the calculation to preserve grain orientation. In a labor-intensive, fast-paced cabinetmaking environment, reducing cutting operations and time is very important. The online cutter has an option to minimize the number of cutting layouts. Therefore, several stocks can be placed in a stack and cut at once.

The summary of the calculation result gives the areas used and wasted, the rate of use and the number of cut pieces and uncut pieces (if applicable). For each die-cut scheme there is a graphic web page with navigation and zoom in and out functionality.

The online panel cutter is free for everyone and accessible from the Optimalon website at the following link: https://www.optimalon.com/online_cut_optimizer.htm

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