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I'm trying to research a method or algorithm to determine how to best fit a couple of diferent shapes into a given area.

Type of area: Rectangular

Types of shapes: Rectangles, Triangles, Circles

Where I work at we have to figure out how to best arrange the shapes we need into a steel metal plague (10ft x 15ft for example) in order to require the least ammount of plaques so we can give the customes a lower price overall.

I've tried my luck with google but I can't quite pinpoint the correct search criteria for this.

Any help is appreciated. Thanks.

EDIT: BTW, if this topic belongs to another section please direct me to it.

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# Arrangement of shapes in an area

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