Autolaunch Area Optimiser
The free download is here. Free to
download, free to use.
All construction materials like steel, aluminium,
plywood, glass, chipboard and indeed almost anything, are generally
only available in a limited number of standard stock sheet sizes.
Typically a fabricator will buy standard sheet sizes of various
materials which are then cut into smaller panes for the next
fabrication process. To reduce the cost of wasted raw materials, it's
necessary to produce an optimum cutting route plan, which minimises
wastage. This can be a rather awkward and a potentially wasteful
process if attempted manually. (Not to mention, exceedingly
difficult!) And even when the buying process has been manually
calculated, the method of cutting the panes and parts identification
still needs to be firmly "pinned to the mast", to ensure
the factory uses the same route plan when the sheets are actually cut.
The Autolaunch Area Optimiser solves this problem,
being a simple to use stand alone optimiser (nesting program). It's
useful even if you have full cad-cam systems for those oddball parts
of production that your existing computer software doesn't yet deal with.
Accurate nesting can be a complex calculation when
manually undertaken. Why not let the Autolaunch Area Optimiser take
the strain. And even better, it's fully functioning software that is
absolutely free- no catch - no gimmick - no registration fee - no
lets buy the next version!
Why is the Autolaunch Area
It is a rather specialist type of software that can
never sell in volume, hence it's 1997 unit price of £750, would
be a very big ask to the casual user!! It was released in 1997 but
has now found a new lease of life. Now that the Autolaunch Area
Optimiser is available with an in built DOS emulator (Jos Schaars
excellent Vdos), It is simple to download, install and run, without
any of the tricky settings traditionally associated with DOS
programs. It even prints directly to your default Windows Printer!
Let's look at the upside
Stand alone independent optimiser without the
complexity and extra setup and difficulties encountered to integrate
into other systems
Consider up to five different stock sheet sizes in a
Quick easy on screen wastage percentages. Know your
wastage before you start.
Blisteringly quick, final results in under one second
No more printing followed by an error report.
The Autolaunch Area Optimiser includes
full validation of all dimensions as they are entered, it's a live
test. You cannot ask the software to cut something 5 metres long in
one dimension if the sheet is 4 x 2 metres. Obvious yes, though it's
surprising how many programs only look for logical errors when it is
really too late.
Excellent speed even on old computers.
Easy to read cutting report picture identifying
Ident marker (P1, P2....) carried to cutting diagram.
No need to save job files, it's automatic.
Oh, by the way, it's free, no gimmicks
Let's take a look at a typical
cutting job input screen
Everything entered for this cutting job is shown on
the one screen. Including, loss per cut, sheet trim from nominal
size, if panes reversible, multiple stock sizes and of course, panes
to cut and reference text. No setup calculations hidden away anywhere
else. What's more, all of this can be edited anytime.
press F9 and within a second, the report below will be on screen.
The black area above, shows all
of the cutting information that you have keyed into the program to
cut this one sheet. Generally, several of these would be produced for
a group of panels to be cut. In addition to this list, there is a
material summary sheet which details everything that was keyed in for
the item, allowing the opportunity to check that the job is correct
before being issued to the factory.
The printed version is
identical to the sample shown here.
The magenta band shows the
cutting diagram with identification references.
The Autolaunch Area Optimiser stores up to 100
different sized panes per product and allows up to 5 stock sheet
sizes to be considered at once. Up to 17 different products allowed
per job and finally up to 20 different jobs are all automatically
saved. New sub directories (folders) can be added to expand this limitlessly.
If this looks useful then please download the program
for free. If you do find the software useful, then your feed back
through the Contact Us button would be appreciated. Oh finally,
please leave the destination folder as C:\areaopt, it makes life easier
There are two download options
dependent upon your PC. Please make sure that you use the correct one.
Download for computers with
Windows 7, 8, 8.1 or 10
Autolaunch Area Optimiser
This is the preferred option with Jos Schaars Vdos.
It works "straight out of the box", printing to your
default Windows printer. No fiddly bits to worry about!
Please click on the Downloaded file to start the
This installation process will add an icon to your
desktop, (Area) as well as a menu item to Start - Programs (Vdos).
This software program can be uninstalled from Add/Remove programs.