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FreeCADGitter
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blitzkraft The example files in the start page are great. I explored how they were designed.
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jem^ Hi. I'm new to FreeCAD and wanting to use it to model some timber stairs that I want to build in my garden, down to each individual piece of wood and fixing. I'm not sure which workbench would be the best to use for this and learn first. Can anyone offer some tips?
jem^ arch, part or something else?
blitzkraft my guess is part design.
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tiller Hello! I'm looking for a place (irc / forum / ...) to ask for advices regarding a furniture I designed using a cad software (not freecad sorry :(). But so far, I haven't found where I could ask this kind of question, and that's why I'm asking here! Does someone have an idea? Here? Thanks
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Hey everyone, I used assembly 4 to construct a design of multiple separate bodies but the design is impartial when exported by STEP. Anyone have any tips?
Compound CAD
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Is there a preferred practice to follow when designing to ensure a smooth export of a step file?
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I think I might've figured it out
Bodies which were not exporting didn't have the "tip" set to what should have been the final feature, now hopefully I'm getting a full step export.. I'll let you know
Compound CAD
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Worked!!
matrixbot
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flux so the problem was that the exported separate objects were fused together?
Compound CAD
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No they weren't exporting at all, and I was getting a null object in part or body or something along those lines in the error code
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Knaldgas Trying to convert an STL (75K points, 220K edges and 147K faces) into a 1.2 mm thick outer shell. Trying to "Create shape from mesh" but it takes a lot of time, how long time can I expect this to take, and can I change that with "tolerance for sewing"?
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GeitMint use refine mesh first
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Knaldgas GeitMint, selecting the imported STL, Part->Refine Shape is grayed out :(
EngrChris Speaking of meshes. Is it possable to offset the mesh surface? I have a 400k mesh that can't be reduced.
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GeitMint Knaldgas: you used import from part menu?
tubes4branes You can use external tools such as MeshLab.
tubes4branes or gmsh
tubes4branes CAD systems don't always have powerful meshing tools, as they usually have BREP geometry engines, and represent objects based on a hierarchy of operations, systems of equations, etc…
tubes4branes you can even consider editing the mesh with Blender and then importing it.
tubes4branes it should import just fine.
Knaldgas GeitMint, no from the File Menu. Part->Import CAD... does not support STL.
Knaldgas tubes4branes, Hmm, Blender may be the solution, thanks
FreeCADGitter
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GeitMint well, right. I used "create shape from mesh" followed by "refine mesh". It can take a while for sure. At least if you leave the resolution at default it could take ten to twenty minutes
GeitMint depending on the system you use of course
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Knaldgas GeitMint, well, then I will set it to cook overnight :)
Knaldgas Thanks!
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GeitMint I tried with a spoolholder for my 3d printer and it took around 10 minutes. just a carved wheel with a hole in the middle. :D
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rebecca hey, could someone take a look at a sketch for me. it broke somehow
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rebecca nvm, sprinkling in some construction geometry saved the day
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rebecca is there a way to change the scaling of a sketcher-partdesign model after the fact but within freecad?
rebecca I have a model created from photos without any absolute measurements. it was all ratios so i eyeballed the numbers to begin with but now i would like to uniformly scale the resulting hairball of sketcher + spreadsheet numbers
rebecca meticulously changing these numbers after the fact would not be a fun exercise
rebecca but it would be nice if a better solution than 'resize the stl' was the only answer
FreeCADGitter
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rebecca https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4166089 if anyone is curious
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I'm not sure if this would be possible, but maybe if you put the parameters you want to vary in a spreadsheet and applying a growth factor to each dimension and feeding it back into the design from the spreadsheet
Or maybe creating variables for each dimension might be another approach, I'm curious to see how you solve that!
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captain_morgan06 Is there some known difference or compile option that would make exporting a sketch as SVG different between linux and windows?
captain_morgan06 at home on Linux it seems I can just select a sketch and ctrl-e and svg works but I don't get the option on Windows, both 0.19
captain_morgan06 oh wait, I do get it under Drawing but then errors with "Export of this object type is not supported by Drawing module"
captain_morgan06 oh but this works I guess, I can put the sketch into a drawing...
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Bushman ave
Bushman can't install from PPA so i've downloaded appimage
Bushman 0.19
blitzkraft I use freecad appimage too.
Bushman in path workbench i'm unable to add tool
Bushman after i click ok the tool is not added to the list.
Bushman no errors in terminal
Bushman any help?