Extract 2D drawing from STL using OpenSCAD

Extract 2D drawing from STL using OpenSCAD

Recently i needed to edit an STL from thingiverse, for at small hobby project.

But as many might know, editing a solid object like an STL is not really so great, so i found out that its possible to get the cross section as a drawing, by using OpenSCAD, which i then could import in to Invetor, and create my own modified part.

Here's how to do it:

1) Open "OpenSCAD"
2) Write the following command and press render:

projection(cut=false) import_stl("c:/path/to/my/stl/myfile.stl");
3) Finally export the extracted drawing as a DXF for later import into Inventor.

 

Source: https://gilesbathgate.com/2010/06/23/extracting-2d-mendel-outlines-using-openscad/

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