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Vector snowflake generator

by oskay, published

Vector snowflake generator by oskay Dec 17, 2008

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GNU - GPL
Vector snowflake generator by oskay is licensed under the GNU - GPL license.

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Summary

This is a cross-platform computer application, written in the Processing development environment ( http://processing.org/ ) to make "paper snowflakes" that are saved as closed-polygon vector shapes in an output PDF file.

Suitable for laser, vinyl cutter, or other CNC tools that can take input vector paths.

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Please see the complete writeup at http://www.evilmadscientist.com/go/snowflake

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Wow, oskay, I love this!
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Not as much that we can now make snowflakes, but the fact that these application/generators are emerging!

Customization!

This is what customization is so powerful for, you have a 'meta-model' of a type of object that is unsuitable for 'one size fits all' mass-production. Keeping a variety on stock is expensive, and how many permutations do you get if you allow 2 choices for 8 aspects of an object? 2222222*2 = 2^8 = 256. These costs go up if you want to give more than just two choices. You need massive production runs and not to mention sales to earn back the costs of moulds or dies. Moreover, keeping a large variety in stock is expensive and you deal with inherently uncertain demand. What will you stock and how much? All permutations? Or will you base your up-front investment on sales forecasts that tend to be biased by either subjectivity or an over-dependence on historic data?

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I have a sponsored challenge for anyone that wishes to develop these kinds of applications. Read more about that on my blog...
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