Script attached: box joints

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Re: Script attached: box joints

Post by Husky » Thu Jul 18, 2013 9:35 pm

Clives big picture is very close to my opinion about how I see QCAD suits in my daily live!

To say it straight - just a couple specialist tools e.g. a staircase, architecture wall -tool (etc.) doesn't makes QCAD to a full Architectural (or what ever) program!
Do I would like to have a staircase etc. tool - yes, I like to have the choice to put it into my personal Tool-bar ...
Do I like to have it mixed up with the generic tools - no! In my opinion QCAD would drive in a wishy washy direction - neither Fish nor Flesh :wink:

To make it short - here are the main points what I like to see in the future of QCAD (and I have the feeling that I'm not alone with this opinion ... )
More plain generic tools - fine tuning on existing tools - just to make the daily routine task easy,
Possibility to set up a customized tool bar / menu for Industry specific tools (apps, plug-ins etc), Update save!,
Open to the world = export / import like sketch up etc., etc., etc.,

QCAD is already a really really good 2D CAD program but I also think there are still many possible improvements what could be done ...
... before QCAD has to walk on new trails ... 8)

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Re: Script attached: box joints

Post by J-J » Fri Jul 19, 2013 6:40 am

I have been reading the posts in the background (vacation period!) and I just wanted to say that I agree with you that QCAD ought to stick to its current philosophy: a cad program that is easy to master (I gave up on Drafsight). On the other hand, its architecture opens the way to specific plug-ins for personal customization as Husky described so well...

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Re: Script attached: box joints

Post by BrushType4 » Mon Aug 03, 2015 9:48 pm

Hi, I'm a newish user and I have used the box joints script to create box joints for model buildings that I cut out on my laser cutter.

I've noticed that the kerf of the laser is about 0.2mm and can make the box joints sloppy at small sizes that I work too.

I would like to see an offset option that would allow the setting of the box teeth and box slots to be oversized and undersized respectfully to compensate for the kerf. In my case the offset would be 0.1mm.

My programming skills currently are not good enough to amend the code so currently I am having to draw my box joints by hand.

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Re: Script attached: box joints

Post by Clive » Tue Aug 04, 2015 9:10 am


Maybe the author of the script for the box joints would consider working on this for you, why not send him a private message:

matthiaswm is his username.

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Re: Script attached: box joints

Post by matthiaswm » Wed May 04, 2016 8:37 am

Sorry to be late.

Well, the Box Joints are mathematically perfect. All CNC machines including laser cutters have a tool diameter that needs to be compensated if you want to achieve a tight fit. This compensation must be done for all lines that you plan to cut, not only the ones in the box joints.

The software that came with your laser cutter should have an option to automatically compensate for beam diameter. There is little use in adding this functionality for every line drawing method in QCad

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Re: Script attached: box joints

Post by srl » Thu May 05, 2016 1:21 pm

Hi all concerned.
Easy offset cutting with QcadCam may not be far off.


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