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Automating Optimumcut-1D v3

The command line support within Optimumcut-1D allows other programs to programatically benefit from its optimisation capabilities. Several customers have been unsure how best to use this so we’ve taken the opportunity to create some sample C# code. To automate Optimumcut-1D, there are several tasks that need to be accomplished.

  • Create a suitable project file to send to Optimumcut-1D.
  • Find where Optimumcut-1D is installed..
  • Launch Optimumcut-1D and wait for it to finish the optimisation.
  • Load and parse the output file.

To achieve this, we have created a C# code file that encapsulates functionality to solve these challenges. This file contains simple classes to represent projects, materials, stock, cuts and results. It also contains a high-level automation class specifically designed to solve the above list of challenges. We’ve tried to keep this class as simple as possible so it could easily be translated to VB.NET, Java, Delphi or any other high-level language.

Using this code is as simple as this example below. Add the attached OptimumcutAutomation file to your project and optionally include a using statement for the OptimumcutAutomation namespace. The code then needs to create a Project and add one or more materials to it. Each material then needs one or more pieces of stock and one or more cuts. The project can then be optimised which returns a collection of results. Each result corresponds to a single cut and includes references back to the original cut description defined in the project.

 // Create a sample project
            Project project = new Project();
            project.Name = “My sample Project”;
   // Create a sample material
            Material material = new Material();
            material.Description = “Material A”;
  // Create stock for the material
            Stock stock = new Stock();
            stock.Length = “1000mm”;
            stock.Quantity = 9999;
            stock.Cost = 10;
    // Add some cuts to the material
            Cut cut = new Cut();
            cut.Description = “Cut 1″;
            cut.Quantity = 120;
            cut.Length = “123mm”;
            // Perform the optimisation
            List<Result> results = Automation.Optimise(project);

A full sample application using the above code produces the following output.

Attached below is the OptimumcutAutomation code file and a full example Visual Studio 2010 solution.

Optimumcut Automation Class

Optimumcut Automation Class

Optimumcut Automation Example

Optimumcut Automation Example


Any programmer can utilize the sample code to Generate the existing Optimumcut Cutting Lists, Labels Reports, CNC Saw links and pusher / automated stop links.


Our new Marketing Video

Optimumcut-1D v3 Marketing Video

We’ve just released a new video that briefly presents the features and benefits of Optimumcut-1D v3 Professional.

The Idea

While we are working on a number of  product training videos that will give detailed information on our product functions & features, we wanted this video to be a little different.  We needed a short yet simple video to explain what Optimumcut-1D v3 Professional is, who it is for, and what it’s benefits are.  The concept would be to apply the result of our idea in a couple of different ways:

Use as a ‘word of mouth’  & ‘spread the word’ marketing tool

Having spoken to a number of key customers who said they would recommend the range of Optimumcut Software products to their professional work colleagues. One of their most common requests was for a video that could be forwarded to colleagues that would give a 2 minute overview of the software in a simple and fun way.

As a feature of our homepage

There is a lot of content and page links on the Optimumcut Software homepage.  For some potential customers that have the time to read and divulge the content it is a fitness for purpose page,  they enjoy reading the content and  find themselves browsing the many linked pages we have on the site that describe our products and features.  However we also realise that many potential customers searching for a software solution like Optimumcut-1D v3 Professional are here to save time and money and swiftly identify the product they have been searching for.  We have placed a short and friendly marketing video on the homepage to encourage potential customers to sign up for a free trial !