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Tab And Slot Module V1.3 With Customizer

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Tab And Slot Module V1.3 With Customizer by SimCity Dec 31, 2012


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Version 1.3 of my tab slot generator

A tab a slot generator. to add tabs to one object and a slot and groove to another object that the tabs will fit into and lock.

Now made the change to allow customizer generation

also added stop function to add a stop to the tab in circumstances where the material the slot is being made in is too think to have a groove and tabs will just run on other side of it. Stop will then not allow continuous rotation.

Tabs are to be used with a union (add material to an object)
Slots are to be used as a Difference (take away material from an object)


include this module into openscad project

use the tabs module to add tabs (union) and the slots module to cut grooves for the tabes to fit in (difference)

current itteration needs to be translated to correct depth depending on how far in you want the grooves ect but its all trial and error to see what works best anyway so not included as yet.

many different settings to play with but be warned there is no failafes to stop you doing stupd things (like setting number of grooves to 4 and making it a 180 degree twist to lock)

Just make sure to set groove length always to a value smaller than 360/Number of grooves

oh and it can do just 1 tab but your thing won't stay together with less than 2 so I don't recomend it

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I was wondering if you could post this in an stl format? or even 123dx if possible. please and thank you

While this was basically made as a module to save me time when writing another scad project, I was meaning to get round to turning it into a customiser item to allow generation of STL files into import into other programs. Just never found the time to do so.

I'll see what I can do

It doesn't look like the 'lock' piece is working for the slot. The lock parameter only seems to change the tabs...

or am I doing something wrong?