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There are a bunch of steel detailer forums which might have tools for this. 
 One that comes to mind is steel-detail(--nospam--at)


--- On Fri, 4/12/13, Paul Ransom <PRansom(--nospam--at)> wrote:

From: Paul Ransom <PRansom(--nospam--at)>
Subject: [SEAINT-SEAOSC] Optimizing material cuts
To: seaint-seaosc(--nospam--at)
Date: Friday, April 12, 2013, 6:13 AM

I have a one-off situation at a remote site and I'm hoping that somebody
has an accessible, unsophisticated solution.

There is an inventory of steel members of various lengths.

To accommodate some new structures, we would like to site cut about 100
pieces of various lengths.

In aggregate, there is enough length and the longest parts can be cut from
the longest inventory.

No butt connections are possible.

Is anybody aware of an algorithm, or possibly a spreadsheet, to optimize x
pieces cut from y lengths?

Ultimately, we need to know if we will ship additional materials which
could delay the work.

I want to avoid several hours of manually stepping through cutting options.

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