Vendor provided CAD data.

I’m going to build an enclosure for my CNC mill to keep coolant and chips from going all over the floor. It took about ten minutes to model the mill table in FreeCAD but modeling all the aluminum extrusions was looking like a lot of work.  Fortunately it isn’t necessary More and more vendors are…

HeeksCAD tip – scaling cuboids.

Maybe there’s an easier way to do this, but I haven’t found it. Cubes have their datum at the corner.  This means that grabbing the scale handle causes them scale around the corner instead of the center of the object.  Sphere’s have the datum at the center.  So if a sphere and a cube are…

Importing STEP files to HeeksCAD

DanielFalck on the #CAM IRC channel turned me on to a cool feature of HeeksCAD. Support of STEP files, at least as far as import, is very good in HeeksCAD.  McMaster-Carr, which has a truly phenomenal catelog, has an option to download 3d files for many of their parts.  They support a number of different…