CutMap
CutMap is a full-featured SketchUp extension for woodworkers and builders.
CutMap

CutMap is a full-featured SketchUp extension for woodworkers and builders. The extension creates in-model cutting diagrams (cutlists) from a SketchUp models. In-model cutlists leverage the power of SketchUp to view, examine, and modify cutlists.

Note that in the introduction video the model is already painted. It doesn't show the painting of the model, but this is a necessary step. The components or groups in your model must be painted with materials that match the sheet goods defined in the extension. 

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Updates:
See http://labyrinthware.com for update notes

This is a free-of-charge beta version. It's designed to stop functioning at some point once the first version is released. The plan is to release a free version with genuinely useful, but limited, functionality. Additional features will be made available at reasonable price points.

We appreciate your support and feedback. Thanks!

Reviews

Bill V's picture

Brenton,
I/m a longtime user of your extension and I have become very dependent on features with every project that I do. I hope your port to 2017 version goes without a hitch. 2016 Make is no longer supported so I am without option.
Thanks in advance for your efforts! Bill

If you need someone to beta test an update let me know.

John T's picture

Help... need update for SketchUp Make 2017, thanks

Are support for Sketchup2017 in the cards for the future ?

Scott U's picture

Any hope of an update to this cool extension? I just started using SketchUp with the 2017 version and this is just the thing I could use for my projects. Thanks!

Hi, Just wondering when the 2017 Version will be ready? I am very keen to try Cutmap. Thanks.
Aaron.

E. G.'s picture

Hello Brenton,
Cutmap is a great tool. I've used for a long time. I would like to use it for Sketchup 2017, but it needs an update. I hope you have an update scheduled so i can continue using it. You're doing a wonderful job. Thank you.
Best regards.
E.G.

Brenton Olander's picture

There will be a CutMap update to support SU 2017. Please continue to use SU 2016 with CutMap until the update is ready. It shouldn't be difficult to fix CutMap for the new SU version as there are always small glitches whenever a major SU update is released. I wasn't provided with a beta of SU 2017 (need to look into that!) so I wasn't able to have a new version of CutMap ready before the release.

Thanks,
Brenton Olander

Hi there,

this is really a nice plugin. I love the feature, that lets you set your own timber with its dimension (something that other plugins lack). And the cutmap really works (after some fiddling with materials :) ).

But I get problem printing labels. I have a project with more than 500 components (each of them has its name, sometimes a bit longer, so I can keep track) and when I try to make a labels, the Chrome tells me, that the URL is too long for this server.

I'm affraid, that there are surely other people with rather large projects, who will run into this bug as well. Is there any chance of repair?

Brenton Olander's picture

Yes, it could be a problem with the URL getting too long if you have many components. The limit is pretty high and I've never hit it myself.

The new version of CutMap should cut down on the URL length because duplicates are not included in the URL. In the current version if you had, say, six "side" pieces each would be specified in the URL six times. In the not yet released new version the "side" piece would be specified in the URL just one time with a notation that there are six of them, so the label printer knows to make six. This conservation of URL length is also used for "copies."

I'm curious if you think this would help in your case. Are all 500 components in you model unique, or do you have many duplicated parts?

Thanks for the feedback.

Brenton

Hi Brenton,

and thanks for answer. No, my components are not all unique, in fact there is like 20 or 25 unique compontents. So the new version would help with this.

But let me ask a different question. Is there any chance of printing the cut layout? Well, you see, labels are one thing, but it is not so convenient to have my laptop open near my table saw. A printed paper would be much better. With 500+ components, one is clearly not able to remember the cut layout by heart.

Thanks a lot.

Richard

Thank you for this nice tool.

Mark S's picture

Does it allow for kerf of the blade?

Brenton Olander's picture

Yes, the kerf is calculated into the cutlist. In the UI you can choose between a number of popular kerf sizes.
Best, Brenton

krit S.'s picture

Thank you so much.

Angel M's picture

Hi, is working good with me, the olny thing is about the price in the excel file. I add the price but it don't show in the file. Everything else is good. Some crash when you undo the cutlist and try to do it again..

재영 전's picture

Thanks

David R's picture

SketchUp 2016 support would be amazing.

Brenton Olander's picture

Hi David,

Please download CutMap from http://labyrinthware.com. The latest version there should be 2016 compatible. Please let me know if you have any problems. The CutMap version here is very out-of-date. I'm planning on submitting the current rev to the warehouse, but it can take a long time before it goes live.

Thanks,
Brenton

Brad L.'s picture

I tried the latest version at your site with no luck. I am installing into Sketchup Make 2016 on a Mac

Brenton Olander's picture

Hi Brad,

What problem are you experiencing? I just tried it myself (Mac, Make 2016) from the website and from the warehouse and both seemed to work fine for me. The only thing I can think of is that If you are upgrading from an older version of CutMap you have to restart SketchUp before you will see the new version.

Brenton

David R's picture

Thank you. The version on your website worked. Also the blurb that says "However, after installing the new version you must exit and restart SketchUp to use the updated version. Until you restart SketchUp you will still be running the old version of CutMap." is SUPER helpful.

Lastly, I couldn't find a way to change the font size for the labels embedded in the generated cutlist entities. Is there a way to update this? On small cuts of wood they're very difficult to read.

Brenton Olander's picture

There is a major update to CutMap that is forthcoming that has the ability to change the font size on the screen labels. The new version has many other new features and usability enhancements. I don't have an ETA on it yet, but hopefully it'll be ready in a month or two.

Please let me know if you have any other feedback.

Thanks, Brenton

E. G.'s picture

Great plugin. Any news of the update that includes font size adjustment on screen labels? Wonderful job!
Thank you, E.G.

Brenton Olander's picture

Hi E.G.,

Thanks for the kind words. The next release has been delayed a bit -- feature creep is to blame. We've added internationalization and an alternative cutlist generator engine which should be a lot faster.

I hope to post a preview on labyrinthware.com soon, mostly to show the language translations which should be pretty amusing to people who are bilingual as the translations are automatic via Google Translate. Hopefully some people will volunteer to help provide human translations. The translations don't have to be perfect before release, but the code has to be in place.

Thanks for the feedback.

- Brenton

E. G.'s picture

Hello Brenton Olander,
I'm glad to see your progress, the features seem exciting. No worries about the delay. The international language feature is interesting as I have experience translating english/spanish - and I am human, and imperfect. (Raising my hand to volunteer as I write this, very difficult)

Thank you for your promt response.
E.G.

Brenton Olander's picture

I really appreciate the help with the translations! Please send an email to labyrinthware@gmail.com. If anyone else reading this want to volunteer please send an email as well. I'm planning on supporting the languages that SketchUp supports which are Spanish, German, French, Italian, Korean, Japanese, Chinese Simplified, and Chinese Traditional.

The way it works is that I have a process that extracts all the text in the program, writing them out to a file, I then upload the file to the Google Translate Toolkit web site. I can then download the machine translations for a particular language and then merge that with a localized version of the plug-in. What's nice, is that the Google website also allows anyone with a browser to view the english text snippets and override the machine translations using a pretty easy to use web page interface.

I can get an idea of the quality of a machine translation by translating the translation back to english. Many of the machine translations aren't too bad, but some can be very funny such as "Saw Kerf" becoming "I saw a calf". :)

Fidel R.'s picture

After 2 hours trying the plug in, I read that your model have to match in thicknes and color to get the CutMap.

Marcos N.'s picture

Hello Brenton,

Why the "Copies" field in "Go page" tab, duplicate the amount of boards every time you increment "Copies" in 1??. For the planter example (6 boards), if you select "Copies=3", you should obtain 3*6=18 boards, but instead, you obtain 24 boards. Then, for "Copies= 4", instead of 4*6=24 boards, CutMap gives you 48 boards (double of 24), and so on, and so on...

I sent you the file to labyrinthware@gmail.com, hoping you can help on this issue.

Another thing: is there anyway to shorten the text over boards "Copy a of b Xmm x Ymm Name"?

Thanks.,
Marcos

Brenton Olander's picture

Hi Marcos,

Thanks for reporting the "copies" bug. I'll include the fix for the bug in the next update release.

Currently there is no way to change the text on boards in the SketchUp cutlist (you can on the printed labels). In the next major version of CutMap there will be enhancements in this area. The cutlist scene will have some interactive elements and it will be possible to hide the labels and change the font size. Any feedback you have is appreciated.

I didn't receive your email. The address looks correct so I don't know what happened. Please try again if you have any questions or feedback.

Thanks,
Brenton

Terry P's picture

With such a simple interface this should be easy to use but what I thought would work doesn't. I have followed all the help videos and after about 2 hours I still can't get it working properly. I will stick with it for a bit more but the video tutorials do not go deep enough to make this easy to use.

Brenton Olander's picture

I replied to this question from Terry on my YouTube channel, but I thought I should reply here as well because I know other people are experiencing the same problem. The solution usually is that you need to color your model with materials that match materials assigned to your sheets goods. The Intro tutorial video doesn't show this important step so it is confusing. I plan on changing the video as soon as I can.

The tutorial "Using Materials" at http://labyrinthware.com/cutmap/doc/index.html explains this a little better.

Thanks,
Brenton

Angel M's picture

Is not working with me. Keep saying that my model is empty. I try and download one in your page and still the same.

Brenton Olander's picture

Hi Angel,

Could email me your SketchUp file so I can take a look at it. Email: labyrinthware@gmail.com

Thanks,
Brenton

Andrew R's picture

doesnt work constantly saying your model is empty when clearly it is not

Brenton Olander's picture

Hi Andrew,

You'll get The "empty" message when CutMap can't find any components or groups in the scene specified in the "Auto select scene..." on the CutMap "Go" page. You may want to make sure that that field contains what you want.

If you are still having problems please email me your SketchUp file to the support email address: labyrinthware@gmail.com

Thanks,
Brenton

ilya S.'s picture

Hi,
RubyConsole message:
Error: # ArgumentError: Cannot convert ".09375"" to Length

Brenton Olander's picture

Hi Ilya,

Thanks for the report. I think that is the bug fixed in v0.3.4. Please see the comments in the CutMap Extension Warehouse listing. I submitted the updated version to SketchUp last week, but it's still not up on the site. You can download the fixed version at labyrinthware.com, however. Please give it a try.

Thanks,
Brenton

Daniele T's picture

Sorry, I've installed the debugged version and it works!!
good useful extension

Daniele T's picture

Hello!
I've tried several times .....but it doesen't work....

pavel D.'s picture

Fake

Brenton Olander's picture

Hi Hans,

I loaded your shelves.skp file, and after making a few changes, it worked fine for me. I made the size of the shelf smaller so it would fit into one of the standard sheet sizes provided in CutMap and also changed the shelf material to the default for the "Plywood". I've attached shelves2.skp with the cutlist.

Defining your own sheets sizes with custom materials is a feature of CutMap, but unfortunately they don't travel with the SketchUp doc file (they stay on your local computer), so for debugging I thought I'd change it to universal CutMap sizes and materials.

As an aside, in a future update to CutMap I think I will save the sizes and details of the sheets actually used in a cutlist to the skp file. That way custom sheet definitions will show up in CutMap when the files are opened on other machines.

Anyway, I don't think we've solved the problem you are experiencing, especially since the tutorial files are also not working for you.

A couple of questions: Are you getting a warning message when you try to create a cutlist? Are you selecting an appropriate sheet from the "Project Sheets" box in the CutMap "Go" tab?

One thing you can do to get diagnostics is to open the Ruby Console (Window->Ruby Console menu item) while running CutMap. If you could try this and then send me the output from the console that might help me out a lot.

I appreciate your help to investigate the issue. This is the first beta release of the extension so glitches are not too surprising, but I do want to solve these!

Best,
Brenton

Hans B's picture

Dear Brenton,

First of all congratulations for your great plugin!
Unfortunately it doesn’t work on my iMac as well on my Windows PC. See attached file where I tried to generate a Cutlist from a simple model.
Although it generates the scene "Cutlist" but on this page there is nothing to see? Is it possible that there is a bug in the program?
I've done everything according to the tutorials but maybe I'm doing something wrong?

Would love to hear from you back ;-).

Best regards,
Hans Borra (from the Netherlands)

Brenton Olander's picture

Hi Hans,

Thanks for the feedback. I'm not seeing your attached file in your post. Would it be possible for you to send me the file via email to labyrinthware@gmail.com?

You can also try using one of the SketchUp files available on one of the tutorial pages to see if that works. The page at http://www.labyrinthware.com/cutmap/doc/index.html?topic=overview has a very simple SketchUp model that you can download (in the Downloads section at the bottom of the page).

Thanks again,
Brenton Olander

Hans B's picture

Hi Brenton,

I'have mail you alreayde the same message to labyrinthware@gmail.com but here is the link to the file:
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0Bwxh4IHdzzSQMWhOVlRmaUtfTGM

And of course I also tried your files but with the same negative results ;-(

Best regagrds, Hans

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