Is FreeCAD the right CAD software for what I wanna do ?

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Maitregoupil
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Is FreeCAD the right CAD software for what I wanna do ?

Postby Maitregoupil » Fri Apr 21, 2017 11:43 am

Hello,

I'm a french woodworker and I actually use a CNC machine for 2.5D wood milling (I use mainly Inkscape / CamBam / EdingCNC).

My wish would be to design my own 3D surfaces in order to create original wood panels like this one for example : (this picture comes from Pinterest)

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I'm currently a completly newbie with 3D CAD and with FreeCAD, do you think FreeCAD could be the right tool to design such surfaces ? I only wannt to produce .stl files in order to use them with a classical CAM software.

Or maybe is there some more appropriate software ? (I'm only looking for free software !)

Thank you for helping :)
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TT-RS
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Re: Is FreeCAD the right CAD software for what I wanna do ?

Postby TT-RS » Fri Apr 21, 2017 1:28 pm

FC is fantastic software, however for such things I would try Blender and Blender-CAM + special add-on.

Have a look here:

http://blendercam.blogspot.com/

http://blendercam.blogspot.com/p/bas-relief-addon.html
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Re: Is FreeCAD the right CAD software for what I wanna do ?

Postby HoWil » Fri Apr 21, 2017 3:20 pm

Hi,
You maybe have a look at microelly2s nurbs editor...
https://forum.freecadweb.org/viewtopic. ... rbs+editor
BR
Howil
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Re: Is FreeCAD the right CAD software for what I wanna do ?

Postby mario52 » Fri Apr 21, 2017 7:18 pm

hi
You can also try Macro_Texture

here a section of your image
Panneau00.png
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here zoom
Panneau01.png
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not Blender but CAD design (credit http://blendercam.blogspot.be/p/bas-relief-addon.html)
Colibri00.png
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EDIT:22.22 Paris

mario
Maybe you need a special feature, go into Macros_recipes and Code_snippets, Dialog creation. My macros on Gist.github.
Maitregoupil
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Re: Is FreeCAD the right CAD software for what I wanna do ?

Postby Maitregoupil » Sun Apr 23, 2017 8:02 am

Thank you for your answers, microelly2s nurbs editor could perhaps match my needs.
I've installed it using the addons installer but at this time I can't launch any furnished example.

Do I need to install other optional packages to try them ?
I've simply tried to copy the python examples in the python console, is that the right way to proceed ?

Kind regards,
Chris
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Re: Is FreeCAD the right CAD software for what I wanna do ?

Postby HoWil » Sun Apr 23, 2017 9:07 am

Maitregoupil wrote:Thank you for your answers, microelly2s nurbs editor could perhaps match my needs.
I've installed it using the addons installer but at this time I can't launch any furnished example.
Do I need to install other optional packages to try them ?
I've simply tried to copy the python examples in the python console, is that the right way to proceed ?
Kind regards,
Chris
Hi Chris,
I am sorry, until now I also do only know his impressive videos. I was also not able to easily change a face after installing his wb.
Maybe you can ask microelly2 in a private message.... I think he is usually always interested in new applications for nurbs (see shoe example).
microelly2 wrote:Help regarding nurbs workbench appreciated
BR,
HoWil