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Bezier Library for OpenScad

by ckirby, published

Bezier Library for OpenScad by ckirby May 10, 2013

Description

See http://github.com/uplake/BezierScad

Updated 5/10/13--fixed triangle winding in centered BezWall; use polyhedron for variable-height BezArc.

I wanted a bezier library that could handle an arbitrary number of control points. When working on thingiverse.com/thing:77586, I also wanted to rotate extrude a "wall" defined by a bezier path and a width.

BezWall is the workhorse function. The "ctlPts" parameter accepts between 1-8 bezier control points.

The parameters "width" and "height" accept static values (e.g., 5) specifying the width and height of the wall. If height is 0, it will generate a 2d object you can extrude yourself.

The alternate parameters "widthCtls" and "heightCtls" accept an array of values that will be bezier-interpolated along the length of the wall.

If the "centered" parameter is "true", the wall is centered on the path defined by "ctlPts". Otherwise, one edge of the wall is defined by "ctlPts".

At the moment, there is no documentation! But there is a test file that runs through most of the available features.

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What is the best way of describing a rotational shape using this module? I want to design a cone of a model rocket similar to the one at thingiverse.com/thing:127354. I want to have a 90 degree angle at the apex, and a wall thickness of 1.5. But if I rotate_extrude() BezWall(..., width=1.5), there is a tiny hole in the apex, caused by the end of the BezWall not being perpendicular to the axis of rotate_extrude(). What is the best way to do this? So far I am using the following, which has the mentioned problem: rotate_extrude() {
BezWall([
[9, 0], // base
[9, 30], // start with cylindrical shape
[9, 65-9], // 45 degrees in the apex
[0, 65], // apex
], height=0, width=1, steps = 40, showCtlR = false);
};Also, a minor nitpick: naming the parameter "showCtlR" in BezWall() and "showCtls" in BezLine() sucks a bit :-)
I am getting "Object isn't a valid 2-manifold!" when tying to export an stl based on the Bezarc function, Bezwall seems ok.// same problem with version 2013.01 and 2014.03
use <bezierscad.scad>;
BezArc([[-10,-1],[-10, -6],[-1, -1],[-5, -10],[-1,-10]], [-1,-1], steps = 16, heightCtls = [1,2,10,2,1]);
awesome. Thanks. Sorry I couldn't sort it out from the examples you gave. Got a paypal account? I'd like to buy you a coffee.

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Bezier Library for OpenScad by ckirby is licensed under the BSD License license.

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Instructions

I'd previously done some work writing coffeescript code to generate bezier interpolation functions that accept an arbitrary number of control points, and I'd written some coffeescript to generate openscad code. It occurred to me that I could use coffeescript to automate a lot of the tedium in writing openscad functions. So, the coffeescript file in this thing will generate openscad functions to handle bezier interpolation with a varying number of control points. The attached BezierScad.scad file can deal with up to 8 control points, but you can easily modify orderMax in the coffeescript file to have it generate functions that can deal with higher or lower orders.

The BezLine function is simpler than BezWall and offers a subset of the BezWall functionality.

BezLine takes an array of 1-8 control points and an array of 1-8 width values, which will be bezier interpolated as widths for the resulting line.

BezLine doesn't accept a "steps" parameter. Rather, it takes a "resolution" parameter of between 2-6. The resulting line will have (2**resolution) segments.

BezArc returns a shape similar to that generated by WilliamAAdams' BezQuadCurve function.

What is the best way of describing a rotational shape using this module? I want to design a cone of a model rocket similar to the one at thingiverse.com/thing:127354. I want to have a 90 degree angle at the apex, and a wall thickness of 1.5. But if I rotate_extrude() BezWall(..., width=1.5), there is a tiny hole in the apex, caused by the end of the BezWall not being perpendicular to the axis of rotate_extrude(). What is the best way to do this? So far I am using the following, which has the mentioned problem: rotate_extrude() {
BezWall([
[9, 0], // base
[9, 30], // start with cylindrical shape
[9, 65-9], // 45 degrees in the apex
[0, 65], // apex
], height=0, width=1, steps = 40, showCtlR = false);
};Also, a minor nitpick: naming the parameter "showCtlR" in BezWall() and "showCtls" in BezLine() sucks a bit :-)
Disposable Rocket
by kebes22
I am getting "Object isn't a valid 2-manifold!" when tying to export an stl based on the Bezarc function, Bezwall seems ok.// same problem with version 2013.01 and 2014.03
use <bezierscad.scad>;
BezArc([[-10,-1],[-10, -6],[-1, -1],[-5, -10],[-1,-10]], [-1,-1], steps = 16, heightCtls = [1,2,10,2,1]);
This is great; offers a lot more control than other similar functions I've found. I'm using it to create a mold for a carbon fiber guitar.

I'm trying to figure out how I could take one of the simple BezWall functions and have it filled in. Rather than a wall with a bezier curve, I'm looking for a slab with a bezier curve edge (like this, but this function doesn't have enough control points): thingiverse.com/thing:8483

This is my first dive into CAD, so there might be a way to do this that I'm not seeing.

Thanks
Bezier Heart in OpenScad
Hi, I think you're looking for the BezArc function, which creates a solid around a focal point. You can also vary the height of the solid vary according to a bezier curve by passing in an array of "heightCtls", (e.g., heightCtls = [1,2,10,2,1]) instead of a static "height" value.

BezArc([
[-10, 0],
[-10, -6],
[-1, -1],
[-5, -10],
[ 0,-10]
], focalPoint = [0, 0], steps = 16, height = 10);
awesome. Thanks. Sorry I couldn't sort it out from the examples you gave. Got a paypal account? I'd like to buy you a coffee.
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