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TonCut is intended for cutting optimization of flat (2D) and long (1D) materials, such as: glass, wood, stone, metal, aluminum, plexiglass, cardboard, tubes, bars, etc.

How to speed up the optimization?

First, we must emphasize that the two goals - speed and quality - are mutually exclusive. If you want TonCut to optimize faster at the expense of quality, follow the guidelines below.

All the guidelines below apply to the Optimization profiles tab in the Search options window.

A Restore defaults button is in the bottom-left corner of the window. It opens the configuration wizard, which in the second step allows you decide to prioritize either speed or quality of optimization. In most cases, answering the prompts will suffice. If not, here are more tips:

  • Reduce the number of optimization profiles - you can switch off or remove some optimization profiles, e.g.:
    • If all of your materials have the same size, their order is irrelevant - you can leave only "From small" or "From big" profiles.
    • If "Equal from big" and "Equal from small" profiles are on the list, you can disable the "From big" and "From small" profiles - the "Equal and more equal" method usually produces better results.
    • Disable any slow profiles on the list.
  • Disable or simplify global optimization - this can significantly increase the optimization speed. However, the results can be significantly worse - you should especially expect a lot of waste on the last sheets.
  • Disable or simplify adaptive sheet order change - you can increase the threshold for this method to 30% and beyond. The number of tries and change cycles can be decreased. If so, the program will optimize like TonCut 5.
  • Set time and volume limits - while setting time limits take the capacity of your hardware into account.
  • Reduce search accuracy - the number of tries can be reduced to 1 in later runs. The number of tries on the first run can also be decreased.
  • Upgrade your license to Professional - if your PC has multiple processors or a multicore processor you should consider upgrading to the Professional version, which supports multi-threaded optimization, to fully use its computation capacity.
  • Disable AI - the AI runs multiple optimization tries, which can cause the entire process to take significantly longer. Disabling it will certainly speed up the optimization.
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