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fractorr
This might be a silly question but is there a way to export the wireframe as
an STL file?




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Re: Export Wireframe

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An STL file only contains triangles so I don't see how that would be possible unless you mean the wires should be rendered as cylinders.

On Thu, 8 Nov 2018 at 23:20, fractorr <[hidden email]> wrote:
This might be a silly question but is there a way to export the wireframe as
an STL file?




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Re: Export Wireframe

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Basically what I am wanting do is the when using the wireframe mode in OpenSCAD I was wanting that as a STL file but sounds like that is not possible.  Guess I will have to come up with something else.

On Thu, Nov 8, 2018 at 3:32 PM nop head <[hidden email]> wrote:
An STL file only contains triangles so I don't see how that would be possible unless you mean the wires should be rendered as cylinders.

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This might be a silly question but is there a way to export the wireframe as
an STL file?




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Re: Export Wireframe

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You can pull the normal STL file into other programs and tell them to render it in wireframe mode. I.e. wireframe is a an alternative way of rendering a mesh. It isn't a file format as the information is exactly the same, you just draw the edges of the triangles.

On Thu, 8 Nov 2018 at 23:38, Trevor Orr <[hidden email]> wrote:
Basically what I am wanting do is the when using the wireframe mode in OpenSCAD I was wanting that as a STL file but sounds like that is not possible.  Guess I will have to come up with something else.

On Thu, Nov 8, 2018 at 3:32 PM nop head <[hidden email]> wrote:
An STL file only contains triangles so I don't see how that would be possible unless you mean the wires should be rendered as cylinders.

On Thu, 8 Nov 2018 at 23:20, fractorr <[hidden email]> wrote:
This might be a silly question but is there a way to export the wireframe as
an STL file?




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Re: Export Wireframe

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That's okay, will come up with something else. I was hoping openscad could do it since it has the option to batch mode from command line, I have like 1,000 or so files I was looking at doing this with.  No worries, did not think I would be able to but I figured it was worth asking but also a long shot.


On Thu, Nov 8, 2018 at 3:49 PM nop head <[hidden email]> wrote:
You can pull the normal STL file into other programs and tell them to render it in wireframe mode. I.e. wireframe is a an alternative way of rendering a mesh. It isn't a file format as the information is exactly the same, you just draw the edges of the triangles.

On Thu, 8 Nov 2018 at 23:38, Trevor Orr <[hidden email]> wrote:
Basically what I am wanting do is the when using the wireframe mode in OpenSCAD I was wanting that as a STL file but sounds like that is not possible.  Guess I will have to come up with something else.

On Thu, Nov 8, 2018 at 3:32 PM nop head <[hidden email]> wrote:
An STL file only contains triangles so I don't see how that would be possible unless you mean the wires should be rendered as cylinders.

On Thu, 8 Nov 2018 at 23:20, fractorr <[hidden email]> wrote:
This might be a silly question but is there a way to export the wireframe as
an STL file?




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Re: Export Wireframe

fred_dot_u
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I think the likelihood of this not being a suitable answer is high, but it
might provide some useful information anyway:

https://youtu.be/IHchcdMF8VA?t=598

Meshmixer is free and Angus (Maker's Muse) is pretty good at explaining
stuff. He converts the Stanford Bunny into a low-poly model, then converts
the edges to rods/tubes. The result is a wireframe looking model that can be
exported as an STL file.



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Re: Export Wireframe

MichaelPFrey
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On 09.11.18 00:59, Trevor Orr wrote:
> That's okay, will come up with something else. I was hoping openscad
> could do it since it has the option to batch mode from command line, I
> have like 1,000 or so files I was looking at doing this with.  No
> worries, did not think I would be able to but I figured it was worth
> asking but also a long shot.

I personally would go with blenders wireframe modifier.

Blender can read STL Files. Blender can be scripted.


I mean, the result will be similar to what fred_dot_u has described
using meshmixer.

It will depend on what software you prefer.


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Re: Export Wireframe

fractorr
Thanks, I have not really used Blender much, maybe I will give it a try and see what I can come up with.

On Thu, Nov 8, 2018 at 7:31 PM Michael Frey <[hidden email]> wrote:
On 09.11.18 00:59, Trevor Orr wrote:
> That's okay, will come up with something else. I was hoping openscad
> could do it since it has the option to batch mode from command line, I
> have like 1,000 or so files I was looking at doing this with.  No
> worries, did not think I would be able to but I figured it was worth
> asking but also a long shot.

I personally would go with blenders wireframe modifier.

Blender can read STL Files. Blender can be scripted.


I mean, the result will be similar to what fred_dot_u has described
using meshmixer.

It will depend on what software you prefer.


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Re: Export Wireframe

nophead
If you just want png renders with wireframe switched on from the command line then I think that has just been added to the latest snapshot, or will be soon. All the view options have been added.

On Fri, 9 Nov 2018 at 05:03, Trevor Orr <[hidden email]> wrote:
Thanks, I have not really used Blender much, maybe I will give it a try and see what I can come up with.

On Thu, Nov 8, 2018 at 7:31 PM Michael Frey <[hidden email]> wrote:
On 09.11.18 00:59, Trevor Orr wrote:
> That's okay, will come up with something else. I was hoping openscad
> could do it since it has the option to batch mode from command line, I
> have like 1,000 or so files I was looking at doing this with.  No
> worries, did not think I would be able to but I figured it was worth
> asking but also a long shot.

I personally would go with blenders wireframe modifier.

Blender can read STL Files. Blender can be scripted.


I mean, the result will be similar to what fred_dot_u has described
using meshmixer.

It will depend on what software you prefer.


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Re: Export Wireframe

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On 2018-11-09 00:19, fractorr wrote:
> This might be a silly question but is there a way to export the
> wireframe as
> an STL file?

An STL file is just a "triangle soup", with no connection between the
triangles. If you draw every triangle as a wireframe, then each edge
will be drawn twice (i.e. "2-manifold").

If you export as OFF, then the triangles are connected and it is
possible to identify each edge and get a proper wireframe
representation.

Carsten Arnholm

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