Getting TransiDupe up and working

Installing OpenSCAD and TransiDupe

You need to be running OpenSCAD version 2015.03 (or newer). See http://www.openscad.org/downloads.html I'm using 64 bit Windows 7, so I chose OpenSCAD-2015.03-x86-64.zip Unzipped it and male a shortcut that points to (the directory you unzipped in)\openscad-2015.03-64\openscad.exe

Run OpenSCAD from the shortcut. It should start. Go to "Help/About" It should display OpenSCAD version 2015.03 (or later).

Download the most recent version of TransiDupe.scad and put it a newly created directory somewhere. Now "File/Open" in OpenSCAD and navigate to where you stored TransiDupe.scad. When it opens you should see something like.

OpenSCAD after you first open TransiDupe.scad
OpenSCAD after you first open TransiDupe.scad

The pane at the left is the source code for TransiDupe.scad. The pane at the bottom is the console, which shows various messages. The panel that shows the edges of some red, white and blue circles is a very blown up version of all the parts that comprise TransiDupe. Use the mouse wheel (or "Ctrl-[" or "Ctrl-]") to zoom in/out. Use left mouse button to change the orientation. Use right mouse button to pan around. When you've zoomed and panned, you should see something like this:

Exploded view of all the TransiDupe parts
Exploded view of all the TransiDupe parts

Click on the icon (or press F6. Or use the Design/Render menu. OpenSCAD will now render the model. (It takes about 30 seconds to render on my i7.) When it has completed rendering, the screen should look like

Rendered Exploded view of all the TransiDupe parts
Rendered Exploded view of all the TransiDupe parts

Once it is rendered you can export it as an .stl file with File/Export. Make sure to give the .stl file a meaningful name. ("Exploded" probably isn't printable (without a whole lot of support structures.) But you might want to use something like netfab to validate the .stl file.)

Contact me about questions or suggestions

Questions? Write to transidupe@frogymandias.org