Open Source FTW
As much as I enjoy using OpenSCAD to create 3D models, I do everything I can to build objects out of cylinders, spheres, and cubes. Making a polygon is… challenging. Thankfully, there are a number of people on Thingiverse who have sought to make building polygons in OpenSCAD much less painful.1 The latest OpenSCAD polygon tool by Daid is simple, intuitive, and a shining example of why open source projects are awesome.
As soon as I tried out Daid’s program, I knew it was great. Quickly drafting a complex polygon would now be a breeze. However, being able to upload and trace a picture of an object would make it infinitely more useful. Within a few hours, Daid had responded to my feature request2 and within a single day Thingiverse citizen PieterBos had incorporated this feature into his own OpenSCAD polygon program. Less than a day after that Daid added the ability to upload traceable images to his own original program. All of this, the sharing of ideas for features, pushing and encouraging one another to be more awesome… this is what open source collaboration is about.
So, when’s the last time a proprietary closed source program developer knocked out a new feature you requested in three days? Open source FTW!
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- Dang, the new awesome Thingiverse search features sure is awesome… Thanks Marty! [↩]
- For the ability to upload an image for tracing [↩]