[OpenSCAD] Any thoughts on using units other than millimeters?

A. Craig West acraigwest at gmail.com
Mon May 20 09:37:57 EDT 2019

I find that it's less of an issue than you might expect. At least in my use
case for imperial units, cut lumber and fasteners mostly, the dimensions
are nominal and not actually that close. A 2x2 board, for example, is about
1.5 inches by 1.5 inches, with a fairly high variability. Once you account
for that, it's just as easy to just use the metric dimensions

On Mon, 20 May 2019, 09:14 William Adams, <will.adams at frycomm.com> wrote:

> I was trying to work through this a while back --- wanted to provide a
> unit setting in the customizer and it was rather problematic.
> On 19.05.2019 18:33, Kevin Toppenberg wrote:
> > function inch(i) = 25.4*i;
> > cube([inch(1), inch(1), inch(1)]);
> That would probably be better than what I achieved, but the problem was
> that in addition to dimensions  of the project itself, tooling needed to be
> scaled as well.
> I'm currently leaving OpenSCAD to the default of millimeters and working
> on a front-end for it which will handle units more gracefully.
> William
> On Sun, May 19, 2019 at 9:17 PM MichaelAtOz <oz.at.michael at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> leebc wrote
>> > I have been finding, however, that 1 unit in the game world, is
>> > aproximately 1 meter, so I change my scale factor to
>> inch_to_mm=2.54/100;
>> > this was very helpful, and I'm glad I chose to scale everything.
>> That may be setting you up or trouble.
>> You 24"/609.6mm top is the stored as 0.6096, and smaller details, say
>> screw
>> hole for draw handle 1/8"/3.175mm is stored as 0.003175.
>> OpenSCAD gets a bit flaky down in such small number scales, with floating
>> point conversion losing accuracy.
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