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July 24, 2014 AT 3:00 am

Tinkercad Shape generators lets you code your models for 3D Printing #3DThursday

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We’re delighted to see the TinkerCad community sharing shape generators. Last year TinkerCad released Shape Scripts, a way to create 3d models by writing javascript. What started out as an experimental feature lead to making a powerful tool the community could share. The feature is now dubbed ‘Shape Generators’ and they’re pretty awesome.

Shape Generators are JavaScript programs that generate 3D geometry based on a set of visual inputs provided to the user. A shape can be generated from 2D curves that are extruded, or by directly building a mesh. The end result is a water-tight shape that can interact with other shapes in boolean operations. Developers are free to use functionality provided by the Autodesk Core Library, or libraries developed by other members of the community.

Math knots, parameteric wire springs, double helixes, and voronoi patterns are just some of the shape generators coming out of the community. You can browse through them on the generators tour page or access them directly through the inspector whilst editing a project. Navigating through the many generators, adjusting parametric sliders and view their code is inspirational and really shows this feature is excellent. It’s fast and runs in your browser in using OpenGL.

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Aside from declaring some parameters and generating geometry, there are lots of other things a Shape Generator may do so it became necessary to encapsulate all of the responsibilities in a clean interface that caters to our object-oriented developers.

If your interested in modeling parts for your 3d printed projects using javascript, check out the TinkerCad Shape Generator API.

Check out API and documentation.

Sign up to TinkerCad for FREE if you haven’t already!


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