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About WorkshopBuddy

WorkshopBuddy creates cutlist layout drawings that reduce sheet material waste to a minimum. Commercial workshops can generate significant savings versus creating layouts by eye. Suitable for plywood, glass, plastic or sheet metal.

Results are prioritized based on the most efficient use of stock while keeping the number of cuts to a minimum - this will increase productivity and save money.

By default, the algorithm is tuned to draw the most efficient layouts for each sheet of stock. Sometimes these patterns can be awkward to cut, especially when using a bench or mitre saw, in which case preferences can be set.

For enquiries or to report bugs, please contact workshopbuddy@outlook.com

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Features

Coming soon...

Here is the short term product roadmap:

Cutlist optimization

Generating and optimizing cutlists requires plenty of computing power as it is part of a complex problem defined in mathematics as the stock cutting problem. As a result, generating a decent solution can take some time, even on powerful servers. There are plenty of approaches to create optimized layouts, including algorithms and event artificial intelligence. WorkshopBuddy attempts to balance the time taken to generate a solution and the level of efficiency achieved on an individual sheet of stock. In our tests using random shapes, the tool achieves over 90% efficiency reliably, usually in the 96% range (including the space occupied by the cuts), and if there's a perfect solution it will usually be discovered.

How much does it cost?

The online tool is free to use. There are some limitations on the number of shapes we can process at the moment until our server infrastructure can be correctly scaled. We may introduce some pro features in future aimed at commercial users, and the API costs will be based on processing time.

Is there a user guide?

You can find the user guide here