This library contains components commonly used in designing and moching up mechanical designs. It is currently unfinished and you can expect some API changes, however many things are already working.
This library was created by various authors as named in the individual files' comments. All the files except those ThingDoc are licensed under the LGPL 2.1 (see http://creativecommons.org/licenses/LGPL/2.1/ or the included file lgpl-2.1.txt), some of them allow distribution under more permissive terms (as described in the files' comments).
You can import these files in your scripts with
where 'filename' is one of the files listed below like 'motors' or
'servos'. Some files include useful constants which will be available
include <MCAD/filename.scad>, which should be safe to use on all
included files (ie. no top level code should create geometry). (There is
a bug/feature that prevents including constants from files that
"include" other files - see the openscad mailing list archives for more
details. Since the maintainers aren't very responsive, may have to work
around this somehow)
If you host your project in git, you can do
git submodule add URL PATH in your
repo to import this library as a git submodule for easy usage. Then you need to do
git submodule update --init after cloning. When you want to update the submodule,
cd PATH; git checkout master; git pull. See
git help submodule for more info.
"./get_submodules.py" is shortcut that initializes and updates submodules.
Currently Provided Tools:
- regular polygons, ie. 2D
- regular polyhedrons, ie. 3D
gears.scad (Old version):
- gear(number_of_teeth, circular_pitch OR diametrial_pitch, pressure_angle OPTIONAL, clearance OPTIONAL)
- stepper_motor_mount(nema_standard, slide_distance OPTIONAL, mochup OPTIONAL)
Other tools (alpha and beta quality):
- nuts_and_bolts.scad: for creating metric and imperial bolt/nut holes
- bearing.scad: standard/custom bearings
- screw.scad: screws and augers
- materials.scad: color definitions for different materials
- stepper.scad: NEMA standard stepper outlines
- servos.scad: servo outlines
- boxes.scad: box with rounded corners
- triangles.scad: simple triangles
- 3d_triangle.scad: more advanced triangles
Very generally useful functions and constants:
- math.scad: general math functions
- constants.scad: mathematical constants
- curves.scad: mathematical functions defining curves
- units.scad: easy metric units
- utilities.scad: geometric funtions and misc. useful stuff
- teardrop.scad (http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3457): parametric teardrop module
- shapes.scad: DEPRECATED simple shapes by Catarina Mota
- polyholes.scad: holes that should come out well when printed
External utils that generate and and process openscad code:
- openscad_testing.py: testing code, see below
- openscad_utils.py: code for scraping function names etc.
- SolidPython: An external Python library for solid cad
You are welcome to fork this project in github and request pulls. I will try to accomodate the community as much as possible in this. If for some reason you want collaborator access, just ask.
Github is fun (and easy), but I can include code submissions and other improvements directly, and have already included code from various sources (thingiverse is great :)
I'd prefer to have all included code nicely indented, at least at the block level, and no extraneous whitespace. I'm used to indent with four spaces as opposed to tabs or other mixes of whitespace, but at least try to choose a style and stick to it.
I've started a minimal testing infrastucture for OpenSCAD code. It's written in
python and uses py.test (might be compatible with Nose also). Just type
inside the lib dir in a terminal and you should see a part of the tests passing
and tracebacks for failing tests. It's very simplistic still, but it should test
that no syntax errors occur at least.
The code is included in openscad_testing.py, and can be imported to be used in other codebases.