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I'm writting an app that provides the best cutting option (less waste) on plastic sheets.
The sheets hv 60" by 100'
The pieces hv rectangular/square shapes in several dims.

I need !!
 Pseudo-code, algohritms, references ...

I really don't know how to start and I'm not a maths brain ... many thanks in advance. Carlos



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by:nietod
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Is this a school assignment?
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by:Carlos_Chu
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Yes.
This is for my final project (Well, I will put on project if I can solve it !)
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This is based on a true company problem.
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by:Carlos_Chu
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Yes.
This is for my final project (Well, I will put on project if I can solve it !)
No.
This is based on a true company problem.
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RONSLOW earned 150 total points
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What to use depends on the parameters for the problem.

Are the pieces rectangular?  If so, are you cutting along the full length/breadth of the sheet (ie cut into striup, then cut the strips into smaller pieces etc)?  Or is this arbitrary placing of pieces (a bit like a jigsaw puzzle)?

If it is strips, then look at shelf packing algorithms (first fit, best-fit etc).

If not, there are lots of algorithms around (not so much code).

I'll see what I can put here for you.

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by:RONSLOW
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CaPaD is a good place to start.

http://www.math.tu-dresden.de/~capad/

look at their publications.

Lots of algorithms etc on cutting/packing etc
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