[OpenSCAD] Ovals

Ezra Reynolds shadowwynd at gmail.com
Wed Sep 5 11:56:35 EDT 2018

In the past I have used TinkerCAD to help with problematic models that don't open in OpenScad.  Open the model in tinkercad, make a tiny change (union with a small sphere) then export as a new STL.  Some of the files are produced this way I have been more palatable to openscad.

> On Sep 5, 2018, at 11:47 AM, nop head <nop.head at gmail.com> wrote:
> >But a render, which you would think uses the same process fails.
> No preview is a totally different process to render. Preview just draws all the triangles in the correct order to show a pixel representation of the object. render calculates the geometry if there are any CSG ops (including the implict union) and then draws that. It uses the GCAL library and that expects it to be 2-manifold, without degenerate triangles.
> The grid is defined here: https://github.com/openscad/openscad/blob/c6a485651fa29f1a878ea454558192492f7467ec/src/grid.h#L14
> I have never had much success with other people's STLs for 3D printing. Even if they are manifold they are often not correct for 3D printing on my machines. I mostly design everything I print from scratch in OpenSCAD.
>> On 5 September 2018 at 16:28, FourthDr <who_doctor at hotmail.com> wrote:
>> NopHead:
>> You've mentioned OpenSCAD's grid a few times before. But is that actually
>> documented anywhere? For example, if the designer of a model was made aware
>> that any export to stl needed to have triangles of a specific maximum size
>> there would be one less problem to deal with.
>> That is exactly what's needed, guide lines. Any shared stl should have the
>> following traits. Right now you have no idea what program the stl was
>> originally exported from or what settings where used.
>> If some one could document exact minimum traits an stl file needs to be
>> successfully imported, manipulated, and then exported from OpenSCAD that
>> would be very helpful.
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