I ran across some links on reprap blogs about tutorials regarding heekscad. I’ve had my eye on this application for a while, and have been wanting to contribute to the development, but life has sort of getting in the way of that.
Anyway.. Here’s the link to the reprap site that has some links to some tutorials..
One of the comments on the post caught my eye that I thought was sort of cool. Was this Sketch Solve Parametric Sketcher. The commenter provide a youtube link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nibjuxCbUag
At this point, want I want to attempt is see if I can layout a popup cube on a 45 and see if i can export it to DXF and them import it into the software for Pazzles inpiration. Now if this works the cool thing about this is think I should be able to resize this and redraw with very little manipulation… That’s the theory anyway… Time for me to watch a video…
Ok… I think this sketch solver thing offers some interesting potential.
I’m having some issues with the solver… It’s doing some weird things. I just downloaded a fresh copy of the source and am recompiling.
In the mean time I was looking doing some surfing and supposedly the pazzle can hand dxf according to http://www.de-signsmadebyme.com.au/page8.htm
Ok… It would be nice in if they would mention in the video to make sure autosolve constraints in digitising are turned on… They sort of forget to mention that…
Here is some information on that http://code.google.com/p/heekscad/wiki/GeometricConstraints
Ok… I’m don’t have time to finish this but at this is very interesting to me. I believe I can generate a standard parametric shape for a pop-up which is an interesting paper engineering application for heekcad.
So… what does that mean? Basically you should be able to generate a generic shape, a pop up rectangle, and fix the length and width on a couple of components and everything should redraw… This will be an interesting paper engineering use for heekscad.
Anyway.. out of time… Got to go. First I need to generate some DXF output and see if I can get it to load in the Pazzles inspiration.