[OpenSCAD] Difference between modelling with Openscad and Freecad

nop head nop.head at gmail.com
Wed Oct 2 13:13:14 EDT 2019

> That seems to me a very narrow marketing concept.

Nothing is for sale here.

>I agree that professional engineers are not the target market but
shouldn't the Openscad community be looking for ways to get as many
hobbyists as possible to use Openscad - even if they are not programmers?

I don't know. I would never recommend it to anyone that isn't a programmer,
particularly now that there are good free CAD tools, both open and closed
source. Writing software is a very slow process and so is designing objects
with OpenSCAD. When I see what James Bruton knocks up with Fusion360 I
realise it is much more productive that coding in OpenSCAD.

On Wed, 2 Oct 2019 at 17:50, Matt Maggio <mattmaggio19 at gmail.com> wrote:

> There are ways to keep track of dimensions in openscad using parameters.
> If you just type cube([10,2,12]); that doesn't produce a record of what
> those dimensions where. If they are important or used multiple places it
> can often be a good idea to start the script by stating parameters.
> cube_l = 10;
> cube_w = 2;
> cube_h =12;
> cube([10,2,12]);
> Now we know the dimension of the object if we need to reference it later
> like perhaps to put a mitered piece on it.
> Another neat trick is to put a hashtag in front of an object to make it
> transparent, this way you know what object in the design that line is
> referencing. So if you aren't sure if a cylinder is a cut out for a hole or
> part of a different part of an assembly you can pick it out of the design.
> Be aware this only applies to the f5 preview and has no effect on the final
> render. You can also have your finished design and use a #cube(); function
> to find the bounding box by iterating the size of the cube, your precision
> is limited but it can be useful to ball park the size of the stock you
> would need to make something in a subtractive manufacturing process.
> Last thing i'll say is that it can be useful to take your design and
> difference it from a cube which you manipulate to form different cutouts.
> Obviously only relevant if you have internal features, but can be very
> helpful.
> Openscad is powerful when you can express the final shape in terms of a
> mathmatical relationship between objects, or when some really smart person
> made a package which does exactly what you want and you can scale it to
> your application.
> On Wed, Oct 2, 2019 at 5:35 AM Robin2 <robin at nbleopard.com> wrote:
>> I don't mean the user-interface, which is obviously very different between
>> Openscad and Freecad. Different people like different interfaces but
>> anyone
>> could learn either or both of them if necessary.
>> It seems to me there is a more fundamental difference. With Freecad (and
>> other similar CAD programs) you can define an object and later "ask
>> questions" about that object. For example you can select a point that is
>> the
>> corner of a cube and it will tell you the coordinates in 3D space. And you
>> can locate the surface of a face of the cube even though it may have been
>> rotated or scaled.
>> However with Openscad the process of defining a model is mono-directional.
>> You define the object (such as a cube) and you can have no further
>> interaction with it. You cannot "ask questions".
>> Is this a fair assessment, or am I completely muddled?
>> As I see it very many projects can be created with an Openscad approach -
>> i.e. without ever needing to be able to "ask questions". But I suspect
>> there
>> are some projects where the ability to easily locate a point or a surface
>> of
>> an existing object would be essential. And for those cases Openscad would
>> not be an option.
>> ...R
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