[Bf-committers] Fwd: CAD project

Ton Roosendaal ton at blender.org
Wed Mar 23 12:41:48 CET 2005

Hi all,

Just FYI.
Click here, http://staff.bath.ac.uk/ensab/replicator/ideas.html , or 
read full text below.

For the CAD lovers... :)


Begin forwarded message:

> From: "Goles, Ed"
> Date: 22 March, 2005 16:22:06 GMT+01:00
> To: "'foundation at blender.org'" <foundation at blender.org>
> Subject:
> Dear Mam/Sir,
> I'm a mechanical draughtsperson and use Blender to animate some of the 
> parts that I draw. I came across this article about a marvelous new 
> machine and the owner is looking for a Cad package to use. I think 
> with development of Blender Cad, it could be a great fit.
> Attached below is the web site and a section of the article requesting 
> ideas for software.
> http://www.bath.ac.uk/pr/releases/replicating-machines.htm
> For more details see the project's web pages
> http://staff.bath.ac.uk/ensab/replicator/ideas.html
> "  One thing we need is an open-source 3D CAD system that can output 
> OpenRP format or STL files; we'd give it away with the machine. Our 
> own Svlis geometric modeller is too   experimental (i.e. fancy, but 
> buggy...), so we're looking at BRL-CAD, which is a robust geometry 
> engine. But its user-interface needs a lot of work... Another 
> posibility is VTK (thanks to Deelip Menezes of the OpenRP project for 
> the suggestion).
>  We probably don't need anything with very complicated geometry (we're 
> unlikely to need NURBS surfaces, for example). We could probably 
> manage with just planes, spheres, cylinders, cones, helices, and tori. 
> Those, together with sketch-and-extrude and sketch-and-revolve 
> functions, and the ordinary CSG operators should just about do.
>  We might also look at the various Povray scene editors that there are 
> out there. One piece of software (thanks to Vik Olliver for the 
> suggestion) is Art of Illusion; we'll look into this.
> Click here if you have another solution to our CAD problem.  "
> Thanks
> Ed Goles
> Reliability Tech.
> Bath, Ontario, Canada

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