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 From:  Rich_Art
5451.41 In reply to 5451.40 
Man this is so cool... thanks...


Peace,
Rich_Art. ;-)

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 From:  Martin (MARTIN3D)
5451.42 In reply to 5451.41 
Hi Rich_Art, I'm glad you are having fun with the script :)

OSTexo: I just discovered that I made a mistake and that my script cuts the thread too deep. You do it correctly but there's no need to construct the radius. The thread depth is pitch times cos(30°) and the radius is 1/6 of that. The German Wikipedia has a very clear drawing of the thread geometry: http://de.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Datei:Gewinde_Profil.svg&page=1&filetimestamp=20100609192805 The one I used was too complicated therefore the oversight by me.

I attached a corrected drawing of the profile placement and will update my script tomorrow. The good thing is that the script is also faster now because the Boolean Diff operation has more difference between rod and cutting object.
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 From:  Martin (MARTIN3D)
5451.43 In reply to 5451.42 
Script in the first post is updated. This is it, I was able to cut a 1000 mm long thread in just 14 minutes. No chance to do that in the previous version.
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 From:  Rich_Art
5451.44 In reply to 5451.43 
Cool m8..... Thanks.. Will download the updated version.

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Rich_Art. ;-)

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 From:  Rich_Art
5451.45 In reply to 5451.44 
Could you also make a pointed thread Script?? That would be nice to have.






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 From:  Michael T. (MICTU_UTCIM)
5451.46 
Sorry for the question, but is there a tutorial on how to use this script?

Thanks,

Michael T.
Michael Tuttle a.k.a. mictu http://www.coroflot.com/DesignsByTuttle
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 From:  Mike K4ICY (MAJIKMIKE)
5451.47 
WOW!!!

This is truly an amazing tool Martin! I will definitely get some use from it.

I hope there will be some future consideration for non-metric sizes/modes.

An might I add another suggestion for the script:

If you Rebuild the final profile cutting shape (the triangle with the filleted tip) you should be able to eliminate the two seams that reside in the recess of the thread cut.

Thanks!
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 From:  Martin (MARTIN3D)
5451.48 In reply to 5451.47 
Rich_Art: So far I haven't looked closely at this type of wood screw thread. Is there some sort of standard regarding the pitch? Otherwise it looks like the "pointy ends option of the sweep functon is the right choice for this.

Michael T.: You must move the "makeExternalThread.js" and the "makeExternalThread.htm" file into the commands folder of MoI. Then you can either hit TAB, enter makeExternalThread (sounds like Harry Potter isn't it :) and hit return or assign a keyboard short cut to the makeExternalThread command.

Mike: There are already some Imperial sizes included in the script. In the first post of this thread you can find instructions how to add more. Thanks for the tip with the tip. What exact settings would you use in the rebuild process?



Edit: Michael I found better instructions from Michael Gibson on installing scripts in this post http://moi3d.com/forum/index.php?webtag=MOI&msg=5136.1

To set it up, unzip the attachment and copy the 2 files into MoI's commands folder - in Windows you can find this as a sub-folder inside of MoI's main installation folder inside of \Program Files, and under OSX right-click on the MoI .app and choose "Show package contents", and then inside there go to drive_c/moi/commands.

After you have copied the 2 files into MoI's commands folder that will then make a new makeExternalThread command available to MoI and you can set up a shortcut key with that as the command name to launch it, or you can push Tab and type in makeExternalThread and push enter as an alternate way to launch it.

EDITED: 14 Oct 2012 by MARTIN3D

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 From:  Rich_Art
5451.49 In reply to 5451.48 
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Rich_Art: So far I haven't looked closely at this type of wood screw thread. Is there some sort of standard regarding the pitch? Otherwise it looks like the "pointy ends option of the sweep functon is the right choice for this.
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Not that I know of. It was just a question. I'm not a carpenter by all means. :-)The pointy end option is good enough I guess.

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Rich_Art. ;-)

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 From:  Mike K4ICY (MAJIKMIKE)
5451.50 In reply to 5451.48 
> There are already some Imperial sizes included in the script.

Ah... Thanks!

> What exact settings would you use in the rebuild process?


I think it would have to be relative to the thread size, but when I did a Rebuild on the profile, using [0.0005 mm] in "refit" mode (for the M3x0.5) it seemed to produce a reasonable facsimile.
Though not perfect, it may be worth trying out.

A place I often use Rebuild are on curves that would later be extruded and then filleted, as Fillet will make separate surfaces for each split in a compound curve.
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 From:  bemfarmer
5451.51 
For gimlet point wood screws, from 1858

Edit: Reposted below.

EDITED: 16 Oct 2012 by BEMFARMER

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 From:  Michael Gibson
5451.52 In reply to 5451.51 
Please note - the forum is moving to a new server so any messages posted here recently will only be on the old server and won't show up when the servers are switched.

I'm nearly done with the switch.

- Michael
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 From:  DannyT (DANTAS)
5451.53 In reply to 5451.31 
Nice work Martin, will come in very handy!

Thanks!
~Danny~
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 From:  Martin (MARTIN3D)
5451.54 In reply to 5451.53 
Thanks Danny.

Mike, I tried to rebuild the profile via script but it doesn't work reliable. I don't know why but things you do manually often work while they don't within the script. That also brings up a question: what is the benefit of having those lines removed? It doesn't make a difference in the rendering program or does it?

Michael, I use moi:CommandDoneCancel and WaitForDialogDone(). How do I handle the Cancel button correctly. At the moment it doesn't work as it should.
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 From:  bemfarmer
5451.55 
(Reposted twice due to server switch)
Looked up a little bit of information on how wood screw threads are cut. Some are "rolled." Have not found much information.

For gimlet point wood screws, from an 1858 patent, with one cutting tool, found here:


http://cool.conservation-us.org/coolaic/sg/wag/Am_Wood_Screws.pdf

(I think the point is that one cutting tool was used, which is shown in three positions. So the tool was
advanced from the right to the left. So for a boolean, the profile would reflect this.



EDITED: 29 Dec 2012 by BEMFARMER

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 From:  Martin (MARTIN3D)
5451.56 In reply to 5451.55 
Thanks Brian, also for the added explanation I see now how this single cutting tool does all the work. This will help in making those threads manually. Unfortunately unlike bolt threads there seems to be no standardisation so it looks like it's much harder to make an universal script.
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 From:  Michael T. (MICTU_UTCIM)
5451.57 
Thanks Martin,

I have script installed, but my question was how to use the script. i.e. do I need to have a cylinder model and selected prior to using the command?

Update: I just figured it out. Thanks for such a cool script!

Michael T.

EDITED: 16 Oct 2012 by MICTU_UTCIM

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 From:  Martin (MARTIN3D)
5451.58 In reply to 5451.57 
Hi Michael,

glad you figured it out that it's a lean-back-and-watch sort of script :)
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 From:  Colin
5451.59 In reply to 5451.58 
Hi Martin,

You've done a great job on the script, Well done!!

regards Colin
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 From:  Michael Gibson
5451.60 In reply to 5451.54 
Hi Martin,

> Michael, I use moi:CommandDoneCancel and WaitForDialogDone(). How do I handle the
> Cancel button correctly. At the moment it doesn't work as it should.

WaitForDialogDone will return false if the cancel button was pushed.

So you can do something like (example here taken from Rebuild.js) :

code:
	if ( !WaitForDialogDone() )
		return;


Under normal circumstances where a command just has one factory you can just not call factory.commit() if you want to cancel and any objects that were shown previously from calls to .update() will be automatically cleared out.

But if you've previously called .commit() on any factories, those will be considered complete at the time of the .commit() call so you actually may not want to call .commit() on any ones that are meant to be used for temporary calculations.

- Michael
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