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    Algorithmic mesh generation and printing

    Hi.

    I just started printing and I have a question about modelling/programming tools.
    I am looking to print something like this (see attached img).

    Imagine that the lines have thickness (minimal print resolution) and are stacked on top of each other, creating a "porous brick".
    I have used Matlab to generate this picture and can plot the union of surfaces, but since it is not a single surface, I can't seem to be able to export it as stl.
    Modelling it using some sort of CAD software is possible, but very time-consuming and inefficient.

    Can anyone suggest a better way of modelling this for 3D printing? Maybe some software that allows you to mess and define the mesh in an algorithmic/recursive manner?

    surf_2d.jpg
    Last edited by Tyakos; 02-15-2018 at 10:41 AM. Reason: Moved picture

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    no picture.
    sounds like something that openscad could probably do quite easily though.

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    Move the picture to the bottom, looks like it got inserted inline, white picture on a white background.

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    Quote Originally Posted by curious aardvark View Post
    sounds like something that openscad could probably do quite easily though.
    Had a quick look at openscad - spot on! Thanks, will give it a try.

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    looks like all you'd need is a a couple of 'for' loops.

    And yes it was the white cat in a snowstorm that confused me :-)

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