TopModel

T o p M o d e l ,  back in development !

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The goal we wish to achieve.

TopModel, as well as the RISC OS operating system on which it runs, are ultra light but yet powerful software. This makes them a fast and nimble combination for light ARM boards, like Raspberry Pi. Our aim is to obtain, 3D CAD drawing abilities to be able to create and Print 3D without having to resort to expensive and difficult to maintain "heavy" software, which forces upgrades every year and dictates when you need to buy new hardware.

Not only do we wish to bring TopModel back to the RISC OS users, but to all who are looking for an ultra light worry free 3D environment ( without being used to spice the software boys as if it were a frequent recurring tax).

IT'S ALL ABOUT BEING UNLIMITED AND FREE TO CREATE!

RISC OS is the ultra light super fast native operating system for "ARM processors". Therefore, when it is run on a Raspberry Pi, Panda, Pandora, Beagle board and so on, it leaves almost all the memory and processing power of the board free for the applications. This is unlike most operating systems. Even the so-called "Light versions" which still need huge amounts of memory and processing power just to "exist"... The "left overs" are usually for the application.

TopModel itself, like RISC OS, is mostly written in "machine code", and is therefore ultra light, super fast, modeling software, especially written for RISC OS. It only lacks a more CAD-like approach for those who really want to use it for design. This is the main goal of this project, getting it to work as CAD software, within the fast and easy to maintain RISC OS environment.

In the list below you can see the first basic upgrades and changes to be made, but there will be many more to come.

Development progress list;


Done
- Setting up a Virtual RiscPC environment for development and testing purposes.
- Setting up a Raspberry Pi environment for testing purposes.
- Restoring the work environment to continue the development.
- Remembering and learning again how the source code of TopModel was built.
- Removing the copy protection from all parts of the program.

In progress
- Step by step getting the parts of TopModel to work on 32bit machines (Raspberry Pi, A9 Home, Beagleboard, PandaBoard).

To do
- Releasing TopModel to the public and following up the possible error reports and solving them.
- DXF to STL converter to enable 3D printing.
- Undo functionality with each step.
- A snap box to attach volumes to each other instead of aligning them.
- Clipping to cut parts from one shape out to the other.
- Fixed sizes in mm. Inches...
- Full screen mode
- Sizing tool to enable technical drawings from a design.
-...

The TopModel team.

This is the TopModel team. A team of mainly volunteers who make the effort of investing their spare time. If you think you can be an added value to this team please contact us!

Paola Castagno
Contact
Bluetech
www.techexperts.it
Main developer
Andrew Rawnsley
Contact
R-Comp
www.rcomp.co.uk
!Plingstore sales
Backup Programmer
Steve Royd Marker
Contact
MarkerDesign
www.markerdesign.be
Initiator and group coordinator
Beta tester
Jon Robinson
Contact
CASTLEVARICH Beta tester
publishes articles, and helps out where he can.
Paul Van Dessel
Contact
Test volunteer 3D printing
STL files tests


Free download files

These files and applications are all meant for users of the RISC Operating System. They are offered for updating your own versions or to replace lost ones. Please note that these files and applications are also old versions and they are for free.

  TMviewer 1.05 TopModel Viewer | 180KB This program enables you to view TopModel files.
There are no abilities to edit.
  Models TopModel Models | 4MB This file holds several example models. To view in TMviewer or to edit in TopModel itself
  Gemini Genini programs | 1.4MB Gemini explanation Guide
  GeminiGE-1.13 Genini Module | 81KB This file contains the Genini Module itself.
  TMGerman German translation |392KB This file contains the German GUI translation. It will allow you to change the "on screen" language to German.


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TopModel 3D CAD software, Airplane
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TopModel 3D CAD software, Watch