I wonder if anyone knows of a way to remove the circular faces of this model while leaving slots in the uprights in some sort of automated or global way?
I can do it with section planes and Zorro2, but it takes multiple slices per upright and still leaves me with the slots filled in. I also tried Eneroth Slicer, but it crashes with so many faces.
What I’m trying to do is go from this:
To a set of uprights only, which look like this:
CSL-extra-coil-10-2-1.skp (14.7 MB)
April 1, 2023, 6:49pm
If the geometry of all your uprights were in a single solid component or group and helix is another single solid group or component, Subtract from the Solid Tools, Eneroth Solid Tools, or BoolTools 2 should be able to create the notches in a single process.
I made an example.
I would suggest skipping the use of materials in your model that you are setting up for 3D printing. They will just slow things down.
@DaveR, you are the man!
It took about 7 minutes to perform, but worked like a champ.
Thanks for the tip about the textures. Will do.
April 1, 2023, 7:37pm
(Sorry some reason, the gif file size limitet to 5MB - istened of 10 previously - so the quality is reduced too…
Then you can use Rotate tool to make an array of the new component.
Nice, but in this case, each upright is unique due to the slots being a spiral.
This part is called the “Extra coil”:
April 1, 2023, 8:29pm
Ups… I didn’t notice that…
Please post a picture of whatever it is you’re building while it is running after you complete it!