Introduction and presentation of the Mocad Library for comment
I've been using OpenSCAD for a month or two. I think it is a fantastic tool and I have great things in mind for it!
While I was playing around it occurred to me that I could use OpenSCAD to wrap the large number of Actobotics parts available from Servo City to make quite a nice library. Along the way I (re)invented the connections concept, seriously stubbed my mental toe on quaternion math, and ended up making quite a few components, covering maybe 80% of the Actobotics range, a handful of parts from other places and a couple of examples.
Re: Introduction and presentation of the Mocad Library for comment
Nice work! I'm working on the MCAD library (at the moment getting myself up to speed, exploring some concepts). One thing that would be very helpful for openSCAD users is a standard library of existing parts, such as this. Many websites like mcmaster.com have iges/stl/solidworks files available - not so much scad. It's unfortunate because scad files are perfect for generative/enumerative catalog parts. Having scad files on vendor websites would also be a great way to promote the platform.
I look forward to checking out mocad and am interested in discussing organization and extension of libraries like this with you.
At first glance this looks really awesome!
One of the things we hope to facilitate with OpenSCAD in the future is support for user-contributed libraries, through some sort of online repository, as well as officially supporting or endorsing a style for describing connectors.
We’re also (or rather, hyperair is) working on modernizing the MCAD library. I’m not sure how such libraries would be shipped in the future, but either merging or breaking up such libraries, using said online repository, would make sense.