[OpenSCAD] Fusion360 and OpenSCAD

Jerry Davis jdawgaz at gmail.com
Sat Oct 8 12:19:32 EDT 2016

yes, it is a nice idea. And I can live with some of the limitations.
I have been able to do some stuff with that tool, that eluded me until now.

I can now put in a rough idea of what I want to build, "smooth" it, and
achieve a reasonable result.

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On Sat, Oct 8, 2016 at 8:36 AM, Carsten Arnholm <arnholm at arnholm.org> wrote:

> On 08. okt. 2016 15:49, Jerry Davis wrote:
>> Carsten: Nice work documenting this.
>> I had no idea about the nice curving options.
>> You seem to know quite a bit about this tool:
>> Do you know what the button on the right does (brings up the url and
>> file option)? And how to use it?
>> How do you add points that you want to be in between two other points
>> instead of adding the point at the end?
> Hi Jerry,
> Well, I had not seen the tool before, I am just able to guess :-) Now I
> guessed what the file option is all about: You are supposed to pick up an
> image file to use as background for manual sketching.
> At first I tried an OpenSCAD source file ... I thought perhaps it could
> read a polygon as well as write one, but then it complained that the file I
> gave it wasn't an image. That gave me a hint it wanted an image :-)
> So I tried the Ford logo image file (.png) and it worked
> https://gyazo.com/094c5662fa9aea39373a0b9b811d9c10
> The window that says "Paths" allows you to define several individual paths
> (a.k.a. polygons) in the same sketch, click [New] to start a new path. To
> do the Ford logo example manually it means 4 different polygons/paths.
> - outer contour of the letter "F"
> - inner contour of the small loop in the letter "F"
> - outer contour of the letters "ord"
> - inner contour of the letter "d"
> So in theory you could sketch the logo by tracing the image manually, but
> it gets complicated/tedious and inaccurate. It is much better to use an
> automatic tool when possible. For simpler stuff I guess it could work, or
> if the image is not directly suitable for automatic analysis (some are not).
> Apparently, there is no way to use the GUI to add points in between to
> other points, or at least I could not figure it out. You can always insert
> the extra point by typing in the correct place in the tiny "OpenSCAD code"
> window, then the curve will be updated correctly. However, this to some
> degree defeats the purpose of the tool, because you are then back to
> editing the source directly, just in a much smaller window than usual....
> I also tried pasting polygon code from OpenSCAD into the code window, but
> that failed when the coordinates were outside the window range, the polygon
> builder does not fit the coordinates automatically, and it does not
> understand scale() or other transformations. It just not usable for too
> large or too small coordinates. It also turns out that the definition of
> "too small" and "too large" is unclear, I opened the polygon builder in
> Firefox on both Windows7 and Kubuntu 15.10, for some reason the x-range is
> [-72,72] on Kubuntu and [-88,88] on Win7, so when I copied a polygon from
> polygon builder from Win7 to Kubuntu, parts of the polygon were hidden
> under the toolbox and I could not reach it.
> It is a nice idea, but with clear limitations.
> Carsten Arnholm
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