Sorry for the long delay on this reply.
Erich Schulz wrote: ↑
Thu Jun 06, 2019 12:23 am
I am wondering how well your code will cope with complex shape.
Eg I have this bird I downloaded from thingyverse - I'd like to mill this from a wooden off-cuts....
what are my chances??
Good. Anders Wallin's OCL project that is the basis for 3D Surface in the PathWB can handle it.
File size and number of facets will slow things down, but it shouldn't stop it.
I just visited ThingiVerse and downloaded `Chinese Chicken` - image attached.
Source .STL file is 5MB.
In FreeCAD, I converted to solid at .250 tolerance via the Part WB
I deleted the original STL object in the FC file
Saved the new FC file. It is now 40 MB on disk
In FC, the chicken measures about 120x120x75mm
So far, I have the Path Job created, but no operations. My chicken is standing, whereas I need to lay it on its side (no pun intended).
File size on disk is now 79 MB because FC creates a clone of the original for use in the Path Job
The plan will be to scan one side with 3D Surface in two ops: rough and finish
Turn the chicken over 180 degrees and do the same.
Some tabs or similar stabilizing objects or dress-ups will need to be added, but that is the general idea.
Every change I make takes a lot of time, and I have not yet begun the actual creation of operations yet.