When you’re working on a complex project with wood, you can save a lot money by efficiently laying out the pieces, especially if you work with expensive wood. CutList Plus will calculate the most efficient layout for your project, so you have fewer total board feet to purchase, less waste, more useable leftover pieces/bigger chunks, and more money in your pocket. For a Toolmonger, this could also mean more projects — if only they could do this with time!
Just tell the software the panels you need and the board stock dimensions, and it’ll figure the most efficient arrangement for you. It probably won’t handle a project like Bob the Dinosaur, but this looks like great software if you hate to figure out sheet layout and your projects suffer cost-bloat as a result.
They offer a free trial download if you want to take a look before you buy. (Sorry, Mac users, you’re hosed again.) The LT version will only run you $30, or you can get more expensive versions for as much as $500.
CutList Plus [Corporate Site]