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manipulate/group parts in cutlist

Jan

Posted on August 1, 2022

1st - Thank you for this very useful extension.
2nd - can I keep parts together when generating a cutlist. (e.g. kitchen drawers above eachother where the grain should continue through the different drawer panels) even when this is not the most efficient cutlist?
Thanks for your help, Jan

Martin Mueller

Posted on August 2, 2022

Hi Jan,

Thank you for appreciating our extension!

The continuous grain feature is on our list todo see https://github.com/lairdubois/lairdubois-opencutlist-sketchup-extension/issues/371.

It is not difficult to implement in the packing algorithm, but we have not found a simple way to describe the relation of parts within SketchUp. There may be many combinations of grain continuity with more or less space between them. There is also the problem of oversize, what if the continuity requires a panel longer than what is available? How to decide where to split the continuity?

As a workaround, you can always hide the drawer fronts and replace them with a part that creates a bounding box around them, knowing that they will be separated by the width of the sawing kerf. This will give you a large part from which the drawer fronts must be cut.

Jan

Posted on August 2, 2022

Thanks for your reply, the workaround should work.

Can the use of tags create a solution (if you can extract them in your data set)
tag
ocl/drawer/1
ocl/drawer/2
ocl/drawer/3
are placed together in sequence in cutting list because the get higher hierarchy in your algorithm
user has to decide where to split when sheet is not big enough by using different tag name

??  always nice to think along

regards, jan




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