Giving Lenny a Job

I made a pen-holder to attach to the SCARA robot Z-axis shaft and used it to draw some hilbert curves. The python script to generate the gcode is pretty easy and I’ve put it in a github repository

FreeCAD version 0.17 Released!

It’s been just over two years since version 0.16 released and work on 0.17 started. This new release has many great new features. For me, of course, the most important is the completely overhauled Path (CAM) workbench.  I’ve had the privilege of working on this with some outstanding developers (who also happen to be really…

Adding support for Arch Panels in FreeCAD Path.

A lot of projects include multiple parts made from a single sheet of uniform material – like a sheet of plywood. This causes some trouble in a CAD/CAM application You want to keep your overall model/assembly intact, but the build assembly isn’t the same as the cutting layout. You need to translate and rotate parts…

Dogfooding with FreeCAD Path

“Eating your own dog food, also called dogfooding, is a slang term used to reference a scenario in which a company uses its own product to validate the quality and capabilities of the product” I have a whole pile of old Altoid tins that I use to store small screws and such.  The tins had…