Area51 wrote: ↑
Sun Dec 03, 2017 1:03 am
Fusion 360 can load STL files, but that can be a mess to work with. SCAD files is not supported at the moment: OpenSCAD Import/export
but requested by users.
For simple models I find it easier to redraw the model in the CAD program. For more complex models I have previous been using the the tool chain: SCAD file -> FreeCAD -> Soild model file
FreeCAD is free and can export in many different file formats.
I'm not familiar with Solidworks.
Thank you guys, I will give this advice a go.
I would like to avoid the .stl files completely , .stl files have been a complete joke to work with in my experience to modify, it's possible there is a better way to do it, but I have not found it. (Perhaps people convert .stl files back into a standard file type? Specifically for reference geometry?)
What I was hopeing for is a way to import a existing .scad file or a quick easy conversion, assuming there might be a trick out there to work with this specific file type.
The common advice I have read was to install a instance and export as a .step file from opencad.
I was hoping to find something more streamlined than having more software packages floating around on my machine for very rare usage if possible...
I can easily model the parts I am after, it just seemed advantageous to grab the .scad files I wanted to modify and simply amend them and have the parts ready when the MK3 gets here.
I really am not a fan of the zip ties used to restrain the Y axis linear rails to the blocks, It may be a silly preference...but that is something I absolutely would like to change immediately. Those and the thread stock and jamb nuts as the frame were the 2 points that held me back from purchasing this machine before.