SOLVESPACE -- parametric 2d/3d CAD

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noob question and seeking guidance, help (by karan ahuja)
Hello friends,

I am very new to cad.
Interest in 3DP got me into cad.

I wish to make this model in stl file =>

I think , i will need to first import the image and then extrude it and then make the cuts ??

Please Please do guide me if this is possible to make with solvespace for 3d printing.

I am much willing to learn , work towards this.

Please do reply in any case.

Best Regards,
Tue Nov 20 2018, 08:37:09
(no subject) (by Andrew)
You could draw the outlines of that style of puzzle using lines, arc and bezier curves, and then extrude the resulting outlines, which can include internal holes. However I do not see any way of importing an image as a guide to drawing the outline.
Tue Nov 20 2018, 10:57:13
Import image (by Karan ahuja)
Can I import image ?

How can I convert image into outline ?

Can I do it in inkscape or gimp ?

Should I extrude each piece o puzzle.


How to make the cuts of the puzzle ?

Is this a question about image editing tool like Photoshop ? And not a cad question ?

Please guide and help.
Tue Nov 20 2018, 13:26:41
noob question (by Thomas Knight)

this is very easy to do in SolveSpace.

In the Property Browser window, click on the link for Line Styles. There, set the "background bitmap image" to the image with the outline of your puzzle toy (must be PNG).

Then "trace" the outlines of the pieces by drawing lines and curves.

Then use the extrude command (Shift-X). Move a point or edge of the extrusion (or set a constraint) to set the thickness of the pieces.

See the SolveSpace Reference document for details on accomodating your 3D printing needs in the exported model.

The Tutorials or my Learning Guide have ample information on learning how to use the software.
Sun Nov 25 2018, 18:13:32
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