Thank you to everyone that attended!
As I mentioned during the workshop/demo, links to the Inkscape and OpenSCAD tutorials are in the meeting description, along with many other resources. They're how I got started, and I really do think they're strong launch-points. :)
Also, I'm thinking of starting up "exercises" with these tools, maybe using the meetup forums or Thingiverse-things to allow people to post their results. Does that sound appealing to any of you as encouragement to try out the tools? If not, can you think of any other motivations for using the tools, such as machine-operation demos during show-and-tell?
0 · November 11
OpenSCAD looks interesting. Actually I think the cool tool is InkScape, and OpenSCAD is just a way to create a 2D solid from a 2D drawing. Going beyond that with OpenSCAD might be a fun challenge, but I found this blog posting compelling: http://www.onshoulders.org/2012.... For folks that want to make 3D models that are more than 2D extrusions and can't justify SolidWorks, I've heard good things about Alibre Design. Looks pretty similar to SolidWorks in the way design is done in that tool.
0 · October 16
Oh boy! I wasn't originally thinking I would fit both tools into one workshop, but I could see maybe presenting OpenSCAD basics (maybe doing the SketchUp spool?), then Inkscape basics for an organic design (improv?), and then back to OpenSCAD to show extruding from 2D to 3D.
Maybe it'd also be possible to squeeze in showing the 2D design being plotted onto a ping pong ball (edge-only drawings are quick to plot). I suppose I can bring the eggbot regardless, and see if people are interested. :)
0 · October 13