Pin Point Impression Creator

Pin Point Impression Creator

Mac OS, English

Kevin Ramsay
Pin Point Impression Creator is a utility that will create a 3D model of a pin point impression using Autodesk® Fusion 360™.

General Usage Instructions

The "Pin Point Impression Creator" app is a Fusion 360 add-in.

Usage:

1) Under the "Create" menu, click on the "Pin Point Impression Creator" button to create a new pin point impression.

2) A file dialog window will appear to select an image file.

3) After selecting a suitable image file, a command input window will appear with the following options:

  • Image Name - Displays the name of the image file.
  • Image Size - Displays the size of the image file in pixels (width x height).
  • Required Size - Enter the size that is required for the final result (longest side).
  • Pin Style - Choose "Round" or "Square" pin style.
  • Pin Density - Set the number of pins used to create the result.
  • Pin Contrast - The pin height difference between the "dark" and "light" areas.
  • Pin Gap - The space between each pin.
  • Inverted - Either "Dark" areas will be high, "Light" areas will be low, or "Dark" areas will be low, "Light" areas will be high.
  • Remove Fillet - Choose to keep or remove the rounded end of each pin.
  • Mounting Plate - Choose to include a mounting plate to the base of the model.
  • Mounting Plate Depth - Set the thickness of the mounting plate.
  • Include Transparency - Choose to include pins for the transparent areas of the image, otherwise the pins will be removed.
  • Preview - Click this button to generate a preview of the pin point impression.

 

4) Make the required changes to the options.

5) Click on the "Preview" button to create a preview of the pin point impression.

6) Click on "OK" to accept the current options or "Cancel" to abort the command.

Commands

Installation/Uninstallation

Install:

Double-click on the downloaded PKG installer from the Autodesk App Store to install the add-in.

Note 1: If you see a message saying that it “can’t be opened because it is from an unidentified developer”, then right-mouse-click on the installer and click “Open”.

Note 2: If the installer fails to install, follow this link for more help:

https://modthemachine.typepad.com/my_weblog/2018/04/the-installation-failed-for-app-store-plug-ins.html

 

Uninstall:

You can unload the add-in without uninstalling it by clicking the "Stop" button when the add-in is selected in the list box on the "Add-Ins" tab of the "Scripts and Add-Ins" dialog.

Unchecking "Run on Startup" causes the add-in not to be loaded in future sessions of Autodesk® Fusion 360™.

- Navigate to ./ApplicationsPlugins folder and select the app bundle you want to uninstall

- Either drag the app bundle to the Trash, or right-click and select “Move to Trash”

- Right-click on the Trash-Can and select “Empty Trash”

- If you prefer keystrokes, you can also just select the app bundle and then hit Command+Delete to move the app to Trash, then empty the Trash and the app will be removed.

Additional Information

Known Issues

- Can only read PNG image files.

- A large number of pins can take a very long time to process and may even cause Fusion 360 to crash.

Contact

Author/Company Information

Kevin Ramsay

Support Information

Support Contact: kev.ramsay@icloud.com

Version History

Version Number Version Description

3.0

- Improved model creation performance, now 500% faster. - Added an input box for the mounting plate depth. Now you can specify the thickness of the mounting plate. - Automatic "Check for Updates". You will now be notified if there is a new version available for download.
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