Running OpenSCAD on an Amazon AWS EC2 server

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Running OpenSCAD on an Amazon AWS EC2 server

metaprax
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I have composed step-by-step instructions for loading and using OpenSCAD on an Amazon Web Services Elastic Compute Cloud instance (AWS EC2 server). The free tier of service is sufficient for running medium sized models (5-10 Mb STL output file). Larger more complex models may require moving to a paid tier of service with greater CPU power and memory.

http://files.openscad.org/public/OpenSCAD%20on%20EC2.pdf

I can change the format to the OpenSCAD wiki if there is interest.
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Re: Running OpenSCAD on an Amazon AWS EC2 server

runsun
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What is/are the benefits of running Openscad off a server ?
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Re: Running OpenSCAD on an Amazon AWS EC2 server

Chow Loong Jin
On Thu, Sep 04, 2014 at 10:46:21AM -0700, runsun wrote:
> What is/are the benefits of running Openscad off a server ?

More processing power, less laptop battery consumption? Your average
laptop today will easily overpower the smaller Amazon VPSes though.

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Re: Running OpenSCAD on an Amazon AWS EC2 server

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We run OpenSCAD headless on servers as a part of Handomatic's architecture (http://webapp.e-nable.me/) as it runs large/complex OpenSCAD on the server to render previews and STLs to deliver to the browser, allowing anyone with a web browser to "use OpenSCAD". The same is true of Customizer on Thingiverse, and other web sites.
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Re: Running OpenSCAD on an Amazon AWS EC2 server

alexgibson
Firstly, this website is really amazing, what a fantastic resource you have
made available to the world!

Secondly, how could I follow in your footsteps to create a similar online
render service - but for any OpenSCAD code?  Is any part of your front end
code and toolchain/server setup described in a form you'd care to share?

Can you point me to other websites doing similar?

Cheers,

Alex

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We run OpenSCAD headless on servers as a part of Handomatic's architecture
(http://webapp.e-nable.me/) as it runs large/complex OpenSCAD on the server
to render previews and STLs to deliver to the browser, allowing anyone with
a web browser to "use OpenSCAD". The same is true of Customizer on
Thingiverse, and other web sites.



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Re: Running OpenSCAD on an Amazon AWS EC2 server

laird
alexgibson wrote
Firstly, this website is really amazing, what a fantastic resource you have
made available to the world!

Secondly, how could I follow in your footsteps to create a similar online
render service - but for any OpenSCAD code?  Is any part of your front end
code and toolchain/server setup described in a form you'd care to share?

Can you point me to other websites doing similar?

Cheers,

Alex
I'm happy to say that *all* of our source code is shared, in https://github.com/e-nable . The web site is "Service Station" repo, and the OpenSCAD back end is "e-NABLE-Assembler" repo.

There are other sites using OpenSCAD integrated into then - Thingiverse's Customizer is probably best known. It came out of cloudscad (http://cloudscad.com, source at https://github.com/tbuser/cloudscad) as described in http://www.makerbot.com/blog/2010/09/10/interview-with-tony-buser-creator-of-cloudscad/ .