PyCAM v0.5.1 released
The new release of PyCAM contains one important new feature (extrusion of 2D models) and many small fixes and improvements. Windows users will enjoy a more modern look of the GUI theme and Linux users will be happy about a packaging with better integration into the desktop. Additionally the 3D preview performance improved drastically. This article will give you an overview of all important changes.
Extrusion turns a flat 2D model into a nicely shaped 3D object. Different slope styles are available. Precision as well as width, height and steepness of the slope are configurable. This feature should be especially useful for carving out some letters.
Read more about Extrusion of 2D models.
OpenGL preview performance
The OpenGL rendering received a bit of love during this release cycle. Thus the models are now rendered via
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People using PyCAM v0.5 on a Windows system were surely a bit disappointed by its aged look. This is fixed now. Improved visuals for Windows standalone executable gives you some screenshots comparing the old and the new style. Hail to
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Library detection (Windows)
Due to the lack of a proper package manager for Windows, it is always a bit of a pain to distribute software that depends on external libraries. Thus the
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This new release is the first that includes a Debian package. The required setup was available since v0.3 but its state was always a bit incomplete. Now everything is included:
- a menu item with the PyCAM logo
- file manager, browser and mail programs use PyCAM for STL/DXF/SVG/PS files
We are working on getting PyCAM added to the official Debian repository. Until then you will need to download the package file manually.
Incomplete dependency installer
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The ‘‘help’‘ links in PyCAM v0.5 did not work for Windows users. This misbehaviour is caused by GTK and was manually fixed for v0.5.1.
Due to a good amount of input via the forum, a number of questions turned out to be quite widespread among many users. Some of these are now
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