[NTLK] messagepad 3D models?

Davis Remmel davis.remmel at gmail.com
Wed Aug 1 11:46:42 EDT 2012

On Aug 1, 2012, at 9:40 AM, Charles Mangin wrote:

> Has anyone found or produced a 3D model of any of the Newton line? I looked online and only found one, and it was only good from one angle.

> I followed the discussion about a 3D printable battery tray with delight, as I'm hoping to get a 3D printer in the near future, and I'd love to be able to print my own accessories, or a complete replacement shell. But that requires someone scan or produce a model.

Hi, I'm the guy who made the battery tray model. :) While I was drawing up the battery tray, I also drew up some other Newton-y things! I did an object scan (laser scan) of the 2x00's battery bay to verify a proper fit for the battery tray, but that's an incomplete scan so it's not of much use.

I also drew up a replacement stylus, but it's based on my third-party stylus, so it doesn't have the Newton look or feel. I also started drawing up a replacement screen door cover, but I never finished it.

Your message has impeccable timing, by the way -- not ten hours ago did I install a new CAD package to finish these models...very eerie timing, indeed. When I started modeling them, I was using Autodesk Inventor (a very expensive piece of software) and I had a license to install it from my school. Since I've graduated, my license to run it has expired so I'm trying out FreeCAD. (I also switched from Windows to OS X, so I would have a tough time running Inventor even if I had a valid key). If this new package can open my old files, I'll be happy. It probably won't though -- trying to get those STL (open-format) files from the Inventor ones (closed-format) was a major PITA. I guess it'll give me a chance to do a better job the second time through. :)

 Davis Remmel
davis at davisremmel.com

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