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try googling 'linear nesting' for some solutions some are add-ins for
excel...  Good Luck,  Jim

> Date: Fri, 12 Apr 2013 09:13:41 -0400
> From: "Paul Ransom" <PRansom(--nospam--at)>
> Subject: Optimizing material cuts
> 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?

> This seems like something that would have been solved in a newspaper math
> quiz or at a steel service centre/fab shop.
> Regards
> Paul Ransom, P.Eng.
> --
> Paul Ransom Engineering
> ph 905 639-9628
> PRansom(--nospam--at)

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