@ericbuijs very cute, great work! And thanks for pointing out Dust3D - I hadn't heard of that before.
@fedops It's one of those little FLOSS gems. I use it to create low poly models for 3dprinting but it's apparently also useful to create 3dmodels for games and such. The interface is not for everyone but I love it because of the simplicity.
@ericbuijs I like using OpenScad but it takes a long time to develop models. Too long for things that don't really need to be parametric. Been bouncing back and forth between Blender and FreeCad. I somewhat dislike the FC interface. So now there's another option... [sigh]
@fedops For 3dcad I started using Solvespace some years ago. It's easy to get into and more than enough for most of my cad needs. I use OpenSCAD mainly as a visualization tool for my math projects and FreeCAD if need more features than Solvespace can offer.
Now for organic shapes. I never dared to touch Blender it's too intimidating for me and I suppose that that's where Dust3D fits in.
@ericbuijs nice. :-) What blows my mind is I see people working months on end on extremely detailed models in Fusion360 without sparing a single thought what happens when they invariably shut down the free for private use model.
@fedops Very generally speaking. People tend not to care about these problems because they don't 'feel' the downside right now. When I'm not mistaken, Autodesk recently changed their EULA at the expense of the users but I bet only a small percentage started searching for options elsewhere. Most users keep looking at all the bells and whistles that Autodesk shows them with Fusion360. It's a pity really.
@normand my main gripe is the un-intuitiveness and general, err, "quaintness" of the interface. I've also experienced some instabilities which may have been specific to Wayland. If I understand correctly the software itself is built on the OpenCascade CAD kernel, so maybe it would be possible to build a more 2020s UI on top of the great work underneath. @ericbuijs
@normand @ericbuijs I'm fine with the parametric model and constraints. That's one of the reasons I like OpenScad - I find it easier to define relationships between objects that way rather than moving around in 3D space with a pointer. That's what I always hated about Sketchup.
I guess my main gripe with FC is that the user interface is getting in the way more than being helpful. That being said what I've done so far with Blender 2.8+ (so the new interface) I like that a lot better.
@Tay0 That's odd. Both Cura and Meshlab have no problem with the file. Meshlab doesn't find any non-manifold edges. Next time I'll convert it to stl before uploading.
@ericbuijs I tried Cura and Slice3r. Cura gave me nothing at all. Slice3r gave me what you saw. I tried the Dust3D file and exported an object. Same thing. I wonder what I'm doing wrong.🤦♂️🤷♂️
I checked back again the original mesh in FreeCAD: reported dimensions are 0.54 x 0.89 x 1.14 which seems to confirm the object is in inches.
@ericbuijs @gbrnt After scaling it 200% to 57 mm high in PrusaSlicer and slicing the STL, I’m warming up my 3D printer and giving it a go. Looks like there’s no choice but to enable support too. I did that only once on a part years ago, and damn, was it hard to remove. Hope slicers have become better at it since then. 😄
@Tay0 Yep, if I set Zscale=20mm it shows up! Weirdly the scaling box then shows that it's 0mm tall. Not sure what's up but it seems happy to slice and print it after that.
@ericbuijs I'm using 4.8.0. I figured out it is importing into Cura but microscopically small. I right clicked on the bed, selected all models(It's the only one) then scaled it to 5000% and I have a workable model! Slic3r can't deal with it. I don't know what's going on there.
@ericbuijs Currently printing on the Anycubic Predator standing up instead of on its back with a brim and tree support. I'll follow up with progress.
Your print looks better than mine!
I'm continuing to tweak things, as you might suspect. Your print of my 02 design looks better than mine did. I think it was also too small for showing details well.
I've moved up to version 04 which has been added to the post site. http://runeman.org/3d/wintertux/
I am comfortable using the beginner settings for my designs. The nozzle is the one which came from the factory.
I did manage to break the build plate about a year ago. The directions for replacing it were so good, I had no trouble making the repair. Beyond that, I have bee happy to putter along with PLA printing.
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