Sunday, November 29, 2009

OpenGL tree view

I made a tree view drawn with OpenGL for HeeksCAD.
This makes it quicker and it doesn't collapse each time something changes.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

open source tractor

Marcin asks "I was considering Blender. Can HeeksCAD do better?"

I haven't tried Blender for a while.
I like to think that HeeksCAD is easier to use, but that might just be because I wrote it.
Here is a video of me playing with HeeksCAD a few minutes ago.
HeeksCAD has plenty of bugs, but it is OK for making some solid models.
It doesn't do anything nice like fitting solids together.
Save the file every time you do something, preferably with a different file name each time, in case HeeksCAD crashes.

video

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Splines for pocketing

Sketches with splines work for pocketing operation too, now.

Spline Machining

You can now profile sketches with splines in HeeksCAD ( mostly from SVG file ), without needing to split them into little lines. They are converted into arcs for the python script, but they remain as splines in HeeksCAD. This is in the source code now; http://code.google.com/p/heekscad/source/browse/trunk/src/HSpline.cpp#417 This was inspired by Jeff Epler's biarc code, available here http://bitbucket.org/jst/inkscape-gcode/