[OpenSCAD] DXF for cut and engrave

Parkinbot rudolf at digitaldocument.de
Sun Oct 27 05:44:28 EDT 2019

introducing layers (or colored output) into OpenSCAD is for sure a good
idea, as it would serve many purposes, e.g. producing output for
multi-extruder machines. While it wouldn't solve the "living hinge problem"
without a CAM stage, it would bring severe changes into OpenSCAD. 
But isn't it clumsy to describe cuts as solid 2D objects? I imagine this as
a 2D sweep - you input a path as 2D point list and a width and get a polygon
that kind of cycles around the path. So far so good, but what happens with
the union of several cuts, say a cross? Through the union operation start
and end points will probably get lost. Which path will the machine take?  

My proposal was: 
- use solid 2D objects like polygon() to describe engravements.
- use 1D objects like the *new* polyline() primitive to describe cuts with
zero-width path. 
- make sure a closed polyline() path is distingished from a polygon() in the
DXF and SVG output.

To have a line()/polyline() primitive would also be helpful to do simple
drawings. Implemented with a pathwidth parameter with a non-zero default, it
could also be extruded to 3D. Its semantics could further be extended to let
it live in 3D space, i.e. provide a 3D path and get a solid "pipe" with the
given path width - remember the discussion we had about sweeping along
arbitrary 3D paths. 

its always up to the machine's preprocessor, how it interpretes things. As
the thread originator notes, he currently uses two exports one for cutting,
one for engraving. You could - in theory - also describe an engraving region
with a closed polyline. 

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