[OpenSCAD] Discuss Digest, Vol 38, Issue 19

jim.klessig jim.klessig at gmail.com
Sat Jan 20 13:25:26 EST 2018


Charlie wrote"What I really need is a function that allows the input of randomly spaced 3Dpoints and produces a 3D mesh surface."
I don't think such a function is even theoretically possible. It doesn't have sufficient constraints.It might be possible if you defined a subset of those points as a boundary edge, and constrained the surface to be limited in,some other fashion.
As an example if your random point cloud is defined as the corners of a cube, there are i think 18 different open non self intersecting surfaces that could be formed, at least 3 self intersecting ones, and all possible combinations of those. There is one closed surface ( the cube) and its combinations with the self intersecting surfaces.

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Today's Topics:

   1. Re: Head light bezel (cbernhardt)
   2. Re: F5 works, but F6 gives: ERROR: CGAL error in
      CGAL_Nef_polyhedron3(): (Parkinbot)
   3. Re: F5 works, but F6 gives: ERROR: CGAL error in
      CGAL_Nef_polyhedron3(): (Chris Camacho)
   4. Re: F5 works, but F6 gives: ERROR: CGAL error in
      CGAL_Nef_polyhedron3(): (Ronaldo Persiano)


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Message: 1
Date: Fri, 19 Jan 2018 13:38:36 -0700 (MST)
From: cbernhardt <charlie at carols62.com>
To: discuss at lists.openscad.org
Subject: Re: [OpenSCAD] Head light bezel
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algotruneman wrote
> Something beginning like this?

I used your suggestion and got close (see attached picture).
What I really need is a function that allows the input of randomly spaced 3D
points and produces a 3D mesh surface.  Is there such a function?
Thanks,
Charles
<http://forum.openscad.org/file/t1309/beze2.jpg> 




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Date: Fri, 19 Jan 2018 14:00:15 -0700 (MST)
From: Parkinbot <rudolf at parkinbot.com>
To: discuss at lists.openscad.org
Subject: Re: [OpenSCAD] F5 works, but F6 gives: ERROR: CGAL error in
	CGAL_Nef_polyhedron3():
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JordanBrown wrote
> I don't use polyhedra very much.? My top-level comment was that generating
> STL files that don't follow the rules is rude.

If you buy a product or pay a lot money for the licence, the word "rude"
might apply ... 


> And a side comment that by a common-sense definition, a list of points
> that's not coplanar is not a polyhedron face.

If you want constructive help it is a good idea to show some code that
misbehaves and - again - to test it with the latest development snapshot
first. 






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Date: Fri, 19 Jan 2018 21:05:56 +0000
From: Chris Camacho <chris at bedroomcoders.co.uk>
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Subject: Re: [OpenSCAD] F5 works, but F6 gives: ERROR: CGAL error in
	CGAL_Nef_polyhedron3():
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On 19/01/18 21:00, Parkinbot wrote:
> If you buy a product or pay a lot money for the licence, the word "rude"
> might apply ...
On the contrary if its free (as in beer) and open source then it would 
be "rude" to make some inappropriate output to a STL file, if not at 
least because you're sure gonna get called out on it... in public... so 
better to do it right....



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Date: Fri, 19 Jan 2018 21:13:38 -0200
From: Ronaldo Persiano <rcmpersiano at gmail.com>
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Subject: Re: [OpenSCAD] F5 works, but F6 gives: ERROR: CGAL error in
	CGAL_Nef_polyhedron3():
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2018-01-19 3:52 GMT-02:00 Jordan Brown <openscad at jordan.maileater.net>:

> And a side comment that by a common-sense definition, a list of points
> that's not coplanar is not a polyhedron face.
>

?Most non-trivial sets of more than 3 points are not planar ?due to
floating point approximations. And some measure is necessary to cope with
the different number representations of OpenSCAD and CGAL. As far as I
know, OpenSCAD triangulates every polyhedron facet with more that 3
vertices precisely to avoid non-planarity issues. It can be argued that its
triangulation is not "optimal" in some sense but we cannot blame it for
doing this.

Polyhedron is a very flexible primitive. It is possible to define a
non-manifold and/or singular surfaces even with borders or multiple shells
with polyhedron. If degenerated faces are avoided, you can render it
nevertheless while no boolean operations is performed. That may be a hell
or a heaven depending on what you are doing or want to do.

What Uwe's workaround brought up is that the hull operator may "heal"
(most) defective polyhedron generating a valid solid with a manifold shell:
the convex hull of the polyhedron face vertices. That is nice, because
mathematically the hull operation does not require any structure linking
the points.

I don't think there is anything wrong with the current processing of
polyhedron. But...

Consider the following:

e = 5;

p = [ [0,0,   0],[10, 0,   0],[0,10,  0],[0,0,  10],
      [0,0,10+e],[10,10,10+e],[0,10,0+e],[10,0,0+e] ];

faces1 = [[0,1,2],
          [0,2,3],
          [0,3,1],
          [1,3,2]];

faces2 = [[4,6,5],
          [4,5,7],
          [4,7,6],
          [5,6,7]];

polyhedron(p, concat(faces1,faces2));


This polyhedron is really the union of a pair of tetrahedra provided that
the parameter e is positive. It can be boolean operated with another
primitive and renders fine. However, when I set the parameter e to 1e-6 and
union it with a cube, my 01.06 version running on Windows crashes. Worst
than that, setting e to 1e-5 I am able to render it unioned with a cube and
generate a STL file. Although the file is not defective (it represents
exactly the two tetrahedra with a small gap of about 1e-05) OpenSCAD
crashes when I try to import it.

Summarizing, my points are:
a) it is fine to define polyhedra that cannot be boolean operated because
they are not manifold;
b) it is fine that those polyhedra produce STL files that are not manifold
provided a warning is issued;
c) it is not fine that a STL file representing a manifold exported by
OpenSCAD cannot be imported by OpenSCAD.
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