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New features of OpenSCAD

Parkinbot
After downloading the new 2019.01.24.ci1256 snapshot of OpenSCAD I was
astonished to see a lot of changes in the preferences dialog (see attached
images), and thus to find a bunch of new functions I previously hadn't read
about in this forum.

Wouldn't this forum be the right place to announce such features as well as
all major changes to the OpenSCAD community? E.g. in a new moderated sticky
thread dedicated to log and discuss such news.

What surprised me most was the new 3D printing service support. Now we have
a button that lets us directly print designs with our favorite webservice. I
haven't tried it out, but to be honest, I was always hoping to get a button
to directly invoke a slicer local on my machine after F6. It seems to me
that this can be achieved now by installing an own OctoPrint service in the
local network. Is there a wiki for this on the way?

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Re: New features of OpenSCAD

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It's still just the development snapshot, so we haven't announced anything.
That said, it's a good idea to start announcing new features in dev snapshots here, to give all you "power users" a chance to test things out early, without having to follow development on GitHub.

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Re: New features of OpenSCAD

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On 29.01.19 13:53, Parkinbot wrote:
> Wouldn't this forum be the right place to announce such features
> as well as all major changes to the OpenSCAD community? E.g. in a
> new moderated sticky thread dedicated to log and discuss such news.

Let's not forget that one though :)

https://www.openscad.org/news.html

No screenshots in there but it does list the bigger things that
happened (except the printing stuff which did not even exist
at this time).

I guess this page was/is not updated often enough but it's
not a bad place for announcing things. This would not prevent
spawning off a related thread in the forum as soon as someone
wants to start a discussion or just comment on the news.

> What surprised me most was the new 3D printing service support.
> Now we have a button that lets us directly print designs with
> our favorite webservice. I haven't tried it out, but to be
> honest, I was always hoping to get a button to directly invoke
> a slicer local on my machine after F6. It seems to me that this
> can be achieved now by installing an own OctoPrint service in
> the local network. Is there a wiki for this on the way?

I was thinking of adding some way of slicer invocation too but
I would have preferred a way of handing over a new model to
an already running slicer. That does not seem to be easily
possible at least with Slic3r and Cura as far as I can tell.
Cura has a "reload model" button though which does like 80% of
that already.

As for installing OctoPrint, I don't see why we would need
to cover the installation in the OpenSCAD documentation.
OctoPrint has it's own documentation for that which seems
quite extensive for all bigger platforms. The config screen
will get some detail explanation as soon as I find some time
for it (or someone else beats me to it).

ciao,
   Torsten.

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Re: New features of OpenSCAD

Parkinbot
Thorsten

thanks for your work. Great job!

Indeed, it would be a nice to have to be able to automatically invoke user
defined applications when exporting any of the output formats. I do a lot of
postprocessing on STLs e.g. converting them into a .scad import ... to get
hands on the vertex coordinates.



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Re: New features of OpenSCAD

Parkinbot
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kintel wrote
> It's still just the development snapshot,

good joke! Was there non just-a-snap since 2015?



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