[OpenSCAD] DXF for cut and engrave

Jean-Paul Louis louijp at yahoo.com
Wed Oct 30 11:54:06 EDT 2019

All of you guys are shooting into the void. OpenSCAD is a 3D modeling tool, not a CAM tool. So you need real CAM software to drive your laser tool.That's the way it is for 3D printing, and nobody complains.  Why aren't you bitching at laser manufacturers about their lousy CAM software instead of complaining to OpenSCAD developers who have done a terrific job at what they intended to do. 
Just my two cents,Jean-Paul N1JPL 

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  On Wed, Oct 30, 2019 at 9:56 AM, Tim V. Shaporev<tim.shaporev at auriga.ru> wrote:   A good approximation to ideal word would be some tool to convert 
OpenSCAD output to format suitable for existing laser cutter software.
What could it be? What would be the output and input formats?

On 10/30/2019 12:14 PM, A. Craig West wrote:
> The  essential problem is that there is currently no work flow for laser 
> cutters that allows you to use the output from openscad directly, 
> essentially there is no slicer. In an ideal world, you would be able to 
> use openscad to produce 3d shapes representing the material cut away by 
> the laser, and the 'slicer' program would calculate the required beam 
> paths and intensity levels, but as the that doesn't exist yet, it's not 
> a very useful approach to take. For better or worse, laser cutter 
> designs currently consist of 2d open or closed paths, generally with 
> colour used as a hint for beam intensity. If openscad was able to 
> produce output like this, it would be immensely useful to a LOT of 
> people almost immediately.
> It also seems like far less work to modify openscad to support output 
> like this, than it would be to both create a slicer program for laser 
> cutters AND change the work flow of all of the people using laser cutters
> On Wed, 30 Oct 2019, 04:30 Troberg, <troberg.anders at gmail.com 
> <mailto:troberg.anders at gmail.com>> wrote:
>    RevarBat wrote
>      > In the BOSL2 library, the `stroke()` module can let you draw
>    lines of a
>      > given
>      > width along a 2D polyline path, with optional arrows and/or
>    endcaps for
>      > either
>      > end. The code for it relies on a lot of other features of the BOSL2
>      > library, though
>      > so it'd be a bit of work to extract that module out.
>    The problem is that as soon as they have a width, the laser will cut
>    twice.

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