Hello everyone. I'd like to thank everyone for their help in advance. Ok, here we go. I've got bars of known length (240"). And, I've got to cut equal numbers of 5 different length pieces. The lengths are: 72.16", 71.64", 68.94", 45.46", and 44.13" The whole point is to minimize the amount of scrap material. I'm going ahead with a more or less trial and error approach. This isn't really working too well. I'd like to somehow know that I've found the best method for making the cuts. I have to think that this is such a common problem that it's been figured out. Anyway, I'm not familiar with any mathematical techniques that are well suited for solving this problem. Thanks!