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Old 05-01-2018, 05:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Marker CAD files discussion.

Maybe we should start a collection of marker cad files? What would be the preferred file format, probably Fusion 360 since it's free I'm thinking.

I'm going to likely make ACI/Hornet pump, Warsensor ZG2, and Tuppmann A5, since those are markers I want to retouch and sell with nifty mods.
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If an "open source" file format, such as STEP, were used, the data would be available across more CAD programs. Make sure to avoid STL, as it makes converts all curves into triangles and makes machining the final object more difficult.

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If an "open source" file format, such as STEP, were used, the data would be available across more CAD programs. Make sure to avoid STL, as it makes converts all curves into triangles and makes machining the final object more difficult.

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Kind of. I don't know about newer versions but I've never managed to import a STEP file into autocad 2010. I can export as a STEP though. Solidworks seems to accept anything. I'd prefer .dwg but I'm probably in the minority.
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DWG can work too. The idea is to avoid proprietary formats like SLDPRT, as they can change and only a limited group of programs can read them.

IGES would also work.

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.DWG is actually not a great format for things like this as some programs seem to automatically assume it is 2D information regardless of the actual contents (coming from one of the people to have .dwg based solid models shared on zdspb.com).

As long as people save their projects in whatever the native format for their software is, generating universal solids for use by others is typically trivial.
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I'd say STEP as well.
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STEP/IGES and maybe a copy as a STL just for 3D printing peeps?
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